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South Indian recipes like idli, sambar, etc are very healthy and easy to make using method given. The south Indian recipes include idlis, dosaii, rasam, sambar, uttapam, Seeralam, etc.

Idli is a favorite dish of South Indians. It is eaten with sambhar or chutney. South Indian dishes are liked not only in south India but throughout India and also the world over. The recipes given on this web site make very tasty dishes. Some of the south Indian dishes are result of our innovation.

Idli & Sambar Recipe

Idli - Sambar Recipe | Spicy Idli Recipe | Seeralam Recipe | Sambhar Masala Powder Recipe



Recipe type: South Indian, cholesterol free
Preparation time: 40 minute
idli sambar

Ingredients

For Idli

  • Rice Rava 3 cups
  • Urad Dal (Split black gram) 1 cup
  • Canola oil 1 Tbsp
  • Water

For Sambhar

  • Arahar/Toor Dal 1 cup, washed and soaked in water for 1/2 hour.
  • Carrot 1/2, chopped thin 1 inch size
  • Green chili 5, chopped
  • Okra (Ladies fingers, bhindi) 5, chopped thin 1 inch size
  • Egg plant (Baingan) baby , tubular type 3 small size, chopped thin 1 inch size
  • Tomato 1, chopped
  • Ginger 1/2 inch chopped
  • Coriander leaves, chopped 1 cup
  • Curry leaves (curry patta) 8-10
  • Lemon/Lime juice 1 tsp
  • Tamarind (imli) 1 tsp soaked in water and crushed
  • Water 4-5 cups

Spices For Sambar

  • Salt to taste
  • Red chili powder 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder 1 tsp
  • Cummin seeds 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander seeds 1/2 tsp
  • Hing (Asafoateda) powder 1/8 tsp
  • Mustered seeds 1/2 tsp
  • Fenugreek (Methi) seeds 1 tsp
  • Canola oil 3 tsp

Preparation of Idli

  1. Wash rice rava. Soak in water for 8-10 hours.
  2. Wash dal. Soak in water for 8-10 hours.
  3. Drain all the water from the dal and grind in a grinder to get a fine thick paste.
  4. Drain all the water from the rice rava and add rava to the dal of step 3. Add salt to taste (about 1 tsp). Mix well.
  5. Transfer the mixture of step 4 to a deep skillet, whose size should be such that its more than half portion remains empty. You can take mixture in two skillets of smaller size. Cover the skillet with a plate.
  6. Place the skillet in a warm place for 8-10 hours to let the mixture ferment. The mixture will raise and fill the skillet. In winter, you can place it in oven (switched off).
  7. Grease the idli maker plates with the oil and fill with the mixture of step 7. Cook for about 10 minutes.

OR if you do not have idli maker,

  1. Take a flat bottom wide skillet. Pour 2 cups of water. Invert a round cake making empty dish on the base of the skillet.
  2. Take another round cake making dish, lightly grease it and fill it to a height of about half centimeter with the mixture of step 6.
  3. Place this dish on the inverted dish in the skillet. Cover the skillet with a plate.
  4. Put the skillet on medium heat. Let the water in the skillet boil for 8-10 minutes. Switch off the heat and let the skillet stand for another 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the lid of the skillet, take out the idli dish, invert it to remove the idli. cut into smaller pieces and serve hot.

Preparation of Sambar

  1. Take dal in a pressure cooker and add 2 cups water and 1 tsp salt. Cook for about 8-10 minutes after the pressure is reached.
  2. Take methi seed in a frying pan and place it on medium heat. Roast the seeds until turn dark. Remove the seeds and let them cool. Grind in a grinder to make powder.
  3. In a deep skillet take 2 tspn oil and put on medium heat. When the oil gets hot, first add cummin seeds. When the seeds pops up, add all the spices including methi powder. Fry the spices for a while and add all the vegetables including coriander leaves and curry leaves. Stir for 2-3 minutes. Add 2 cup water. Boil for 10 minutes. Add dal of step 1 and mix well.

Serve idli and sambhar hot.

Tips

  1. Fermentation is the key steps in making idlis. The softness of idlis (like sponge) depends on proper fermentation. After fermentation, the dal-rava mixture should increase to at least double the volume. The fermentation is slow in winter and quick in summer.
  2. Ferment only the required quantity of dal-rava mixture and store the rest in the refrigerator. Take it out 4 hours before putting for fermentation.
  3. The typical flavour of sambar will come from methi powder.
  4. If you have made too many idlis, store them in the refrigerator. When required, take out and microwave them for a few seconds to get idlies as good as fresh and serve with hot sambhar. Actually no body will know that they are not freshly made.
  5. It is a good idea to make methi powder in advance and keep it in air tight bottle.

Spicy Idli Recipe

Spicy idli is a modification of south Indian idli recope as given above.
Recipe type:, cholesterol free
Preparation time:30 minutes
Ingredients:

  1. Rice Rava 3 cups
  2. Urad Dal (Split black gram) 1 cup
  3. Canola oil 3 tsp
  4. Water
  5. Onion 2 finely chopped
  6. Green chili 2 finely chopped
  7. Coriander leaves chopped, 1/2 cup
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Red chili powder 1/2 tsp
  10. Cummin seeds 1/2 tsp

Preparation of Spicy Idlis

  1. Wash rice rava. Soak in water for 8-10 hours.
  2. Wash dal. Soak in water for 8-10 hours.
  3. Drain all the water from the dal and grind in a grinder.
  4. Drain all the water from the rice rava and add rava to the dal of step 3. Add 1 Tbsp oil and salt to taste (about 1 tsp). Mix well.
  5. Transfer the mixture of step 4 to a deep skillet, whose size should be such that its more than half portion remains empty. You can take mixture in two skillets of smaller size. Cover the skillet with a plate.
  6. Place the skillet in a warm place for 8-10 hours to let the mixture ferment. The mixture should raise and fill the skillet to double the height. In winter, you can place it in oven (switched off).
  7. Add all the spices, green chili and onion, mix well.
  8. Make idlies.

Serve with coriander-mint chutney.

Hindi to English Names

Note: Spicy idlies are very tasty and convenient for picnics, outings as they are eaten with only chutneys and do not require sambhar. They are ideal for lunch boxes.



Seeralam

Submitted by Vijay [IP: 67.15.183.15]

Recipe type: Low fat & cholesterol, cholesterol free
Preparation time:30 minutes

Seeralam is good for health.

Ingredients:

  1. Green gram dal 50 g
  2. Red chilli powder 25 g
  3. Saunff 25 g
  4. Salt to taste
  5. Oil 1 Tablespoon
  6. Curry leaves 7-8

Preparation

  1. Dry roast all the ingredients and make powder. Then add little water, mix well and make balls and press in hand.
  2. Steam all the balls and then cut it into small pieces.
  3. Heat a kadai (deep pan) and add oil. When the oil becomes hot add curry leaves, then add the steamed pieces. Roast till crispy

Your Comments:


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Dheeraj, IP: 221.178.182.63  10:22pm on Friday, November 13th, 2015

I did try making the oats/rava idli, when you sherad the recipe earlier, but it didn't turn out to be good was a little hard but will surely give it a try again. Also, if you add few drops of lemon in the batter, it keeps the idli soft and spongy and adding chopped vegetables to it makes it all the more healthier and wholesome to eat. my both daughters love idlis, the elder one prefers without veggies (she has now become fussy) but I add ample of grinded vegetables in sambhar to make it a balanced diet for her and younger one like the veggie one.


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South Indian recipes for making idli and sambhar are given.