Recipe: Idli with Dahl

http://smartmedia.com.au/?author=4 Whenever I go home to see my parents my favourite meal to have is idli with dahl. It’s the perfect warming meal when it’s a bit cold and it’s packed full of protein.

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Idli are savoury steamed rice cakes with a soft, pillowy texture. They’re a traditional South Indian dish that tends to be eaten for breakfast, however I prefer to have them for lunch or dinner. You’ll find that they’re not too heavy and leave you’re tummy feeling satisfied without the appearance of a food baby. Always a bonus.

A lot of people make their idli batter from scratch, but you can use a dry packet mix for ease and that’s what I tend to do. Might be a bit lazy but it works every time and it’s vegan.

 

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Idli with Dahl
Idli with Dahl
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Dahl
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/8 tsp asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 centimetre fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chilli
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 cups toovar dahl
  • 500 ml water
  • 5 grams fresh coriander
Idli
  • 250 grams Gits rice idli mix
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 400 ml water
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Dahl
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/8 tsp asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 centimetre fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chilli
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 cups toovar dahl
  • 500 ml water
  • 5 grams fresh coriander
Idli
  • 250 grams Gits rice idli mix
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 400 ml water
Idli with Dahl
Instructions
  1. First add some water to your pressure cooker and add your toovar dahl. Cook for 10 minutes under pressure.
  2. Whilst you're waiting for your toovar dahl to cook, make your idli mix. Weigh out 250g from the pack and add 400ml of water. Whisk until smooth. Don't expect a think batter, it will be fairly watery.
  3. Grease your idli tray with a bit of vegetable oil and then pour the mix in. You should be able to make 16 idlis with this amount of mix.
  4. Your toovar dahl should now be ready. Remove the dahl from the pressure cooker and in its place add your idli. Cook for 15 minutes without pressure.
  5. In the meantime you can make your dahl. To make your dahl add a teaspoon of vegetable oil into a pan and sprinkle in 1/8 teaspoon of asafoetida. Then add 1/2 teaspoon of mustard seeds, 2 cloves of freshly chopped garlic, 1 centimetre of chopped fresh ginger and cook for a couple of minutes.
  6. Next add into the pan the pressure cooked toovar dahl, 500ml of water and a tablespoon of tinned chopped tomatoes and stir. Then add in 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder, 1 teaspoon of tumeric and 1 teaspoon of ground coriander. You should then leave this to cook on a high heat for 5 minutes uncovered and then it's done.
  7. Once your 15 minutes are up you can remove the idli from the cooker and you should have 16 fluffy dome shaped rice cakes ready to eat.
  8. Use a knife to gently pop the idli out of the tray. As you have greased the idli tray beforehand this should be quite easy.
  9. Place a few in a bowl, pour over your dahl and sprinkle some freshly chopped coriander on top to create a delicious, warming meal.
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To make this recipe you’ll need a pressure cooker and an idli mould that fits into your pressure cooker. You can get these in most Indian food stores.

Removing cooked idli from pressure cooker

 

The idli mix I use is from Gits. You can get this again from Indian food stores or from some Tescos as you can the toovar dahl.

 

Gits Rice Idli

 

If you do decide to try this out then let me know.

Happy cooking.

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