Sunday, May 8, 2011

Rava/Semolina idli and tomato chutney

I am an ardent fan of idli and dosa. Even though I love all the varieties of breakfast items cooked back home, these are my favorites. Idli is steamed dumpling/cake made with fermented batter of rice and black lentil. They are the healthiest breakfast with very low calories. Along with hot steaming sambar and coconut chutney, it is heaven on plate. You can have it for dinner or as a snack too.

As I said the idli batter has to be fermented for a minimum of 8 hours. But sometimes the craving for these super soft beauties starts all of a sudden and there will be hardly any patience to wait that long. At such times rava idlis come for your rescue. These are made with semolina and are ready in less than an hour. Add your favorite veggies to it and you have nutritious idlis in a jiffy.

Rava Idli

Semolina (Rava)-1 cup
Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Channa dal-1 sp
Urad dal-1 tsp
Broken Cashewnts-2 tbsp
Green chillies-1
Ginger-1/2 inch
Yogurt/curd-1 cup
Baking soda-a pinch
Coriander leaves-few sprigs
Tomato -1 cut into thin slices

Roast the semolina in a few drops of oil. Keep it aside. In 1tbsp oil splutter the mustard seeds. Add urad dal, channa dal, cashews and fry until golden. Mix in green chillies, ginger and sauté for a few minutes more. Combine them along with roasted semolina, yogurt and salt to form a thick batter. You can add little water if necessary. The consistency should neither be too thin nor too thick. Keep it aside for a minimum of 30 mins.

Mix a pinch of baking soda to the batter. Grease the idli moulds with little oil. Place a slice of tomato and a couple of coriander leaves at the bottom of each mould. Pour the batter over it. Leave enough space for the idli to puff up. Steam the idlis for 15 mins. Cool for 5 mins before scooping them out onto the plate. Enjoy them hot with tomato chutney, sambar or coconut chutney.
1. You can replace semolina with Farina cereal.
2.  Instead of roasting the semolina, it can be tied in a cloth and steamed for 10 mins.
3. Add grated carrots, finely chopped onion, beans etc as per your choice. Cook them in little oil before mixing them into the batter.

Tomato chutney

Tomato-1, chopped
Shallot-2, sliced
Garlic-2 cloves, sliced
Ginger-1/2 inch
Chilli powder-1 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Broken Dry red chillies-1
Curry leaves powder-1 tsp
Oil-2 tsp

Fry shallots, garlic and ginger in spoon of oil. Once they change color, add the chopped tomatoes, Chilli powder, turmeric powder and
salt. Continue frying until tomatoes become soft. Cool and grind into a fine paste with as little water as possible. Season with mustard seeds, dry chillies and curry leaves powder.

1. If you want the chutney to more tangy you can add a teaspoon of tamarind extract.
2.You can add a couple of tablespoons of coconut while grinding.

Sending this to Srivalli's Breakfast Mela


Abhirami said...
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Sumitha said...

Farina cereal entha loli?
Spl thanks for the tomato chutney recipe

Srivalli said...

Great combo..thanks for the entry!

Suja said...

Perfect and yummy breakfast,nalla chutney recipe..adipoli aayitundu

aipi said...

They look so tempting ~ yummy to the core :)
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anaamika said...

aaha.. my favorite..

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