Idli is an amazing South Indian sort of dumpling, steamed rice cake. It is made by steaming batter traditionally made from pulses (specifically black lentils) and rice.The idli is a common fastfood available everywhere in India, especially in the states that make up South India. Most often eaten at breakfast or as a snack.It is recognized as one of the most healthiest foods in the world.
Parboiled rice - 1 cups
Raw rice - 1 cups
Black gram dal /urad dal - 1 cup
Cooked rice - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
A pinch baking soda
Oil for smearing moulds
1. Soak the 2 kinds of rice together with water. Soak the urad dal in water separately, And let both soak for a minimum of 5-6 hours.
2. Thoroughly wash the black gram dal and grind adding water, Till the mixture is smooth, Light and frothy. Wash and grind the 2 kinds of rice and the cooked rice into a paste without making it absolutely smooth as one does for dosais.
Add salt to taste and mix thoroughly. Pour into a large bowl and allow to ferment overnight.
3. Mix the batter again in the morning, and add baking soda, First mixing it in a spoon of batter. Mix well. The batter should be thick like cake batter. Water may b added if it is too thick.
4. Smear idli moulds with oil, and pour the batter in each of them till they are three quarters full. Steam the idlis in a pressure cooker or a steamer for about 10 minutes.
5. Serve hot with chutney, molagapudi or sambhar.