Sunday, July 10, 2011

Rawa idli

       I had my first rawa idli at MTR in Bangalore. They served it with potato curry, for me that was very surprising.But I loved the taste of these fluffy idlis and the best part is you do not have to do the grinding and fermenting part which is a very major part of idli making.Over the years I have made many versions with vegetables grated, peanuts and also plain .All the times it has been a hit with everyone who ate them.They make for a good snack,lunch or lunch box recipe. One just needs an hours notice to prepare them. I serve them with sambhar, chutney or even potato gravy,and it always satisfies the mood for good food.I have used baking powder as baking soda was not available, but the recipe was as good. Enjoy this recipe.This makes about 30 idlis.

Roasted semolina/suji                                  300 gms
Sour curd                                                    200 ml
roughly crushed roasted peanuts                 3 tbsp
Oil                                                              2 tbsp
chopped chillies                                          1-2 nos
chopped ginger                                           1 tbsp
curry leaves                                                 handful
Chana dal                                                    1 tbsp
urad dal                                                       1 tbsp
mustard seeds                                              1 tsp
hing                                                             1/4 tsp
Flax seeds crushed(optional)                       1 tbsp
baking powder                                            15gms
Chopped coriander                                      1/4 cup
salt to taste                            
Take the roasted semolina/sooji in a bowl and add the curd in it.
Mix the flax seeds (like to add as its healthy).Add more water to make it into a thick batter.
Add salt and keep for 30 mins.
The mixture would have thickened and so adjust the consistency with water and make it like the idli batter or cake batter.
Heat oil, add hing.Add mustard seeds and let them splutter.
Now put in the dals and let them color.
Add ginger and green chillies and curry leaves.
Pour into the batter and mix well.Add the peanuts and coriander and keep this mixture for 10 mins.
Put the baking powder and mix well.
Grease the idli stand .Pour spoonfuls in each plate and put the stand in the steamer or a pressure cooker in which some water is being heated.
Close and steam without the whistle for 6 -7 mins and keep aside.
Ope the cooker/steamer and take out the stand and with a wet spoon,spoon out the hot idlis.
Serve with chutney,sambhar or rasam.

You can add grated carrots, shredded cabbage,sauteed chopped onions,coconut pieces, grated coconut,green peas, chopped capsicum, raisins,sauteed cashewnut etc to give it variety.It would always be a hit.

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