Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Idli sambar with coconut chutney - South Indian Cuisine

Idli sambar is whole some meal which was earlier eaten in southern states of India but now its eaten in every part of our country.Idli is a kind of steamed pancake made from batter of grinded urad dal and rice.Usually both dal and rice are soaked for 4-5 hrs and than batter is made and fermented overnight to achieve soft idlis. It is served with coconut chutney and sambar.Sambar is toor/arhar dal cooked with variety of vegetables and tempered with mustard seeds,curry leaves and spices.Sambar can be eaten with rice, vadas , appe, dosa and of course idli etc.

Today we are going to cook instant idli when u forgot to soak and ferment dal and rice.It is made from semolina and curd know as Rawa idli. Lets see ingredients required for it.

Ingredients :

Idli : 
1+ 1/2 cup semolina/sooji/rawa
1+1/2 cup thick curd
3/4 tbsp eno salt (regular/ no flavour)
Salt to taste
Oil for greasing idli stand

Sambar :
1/2 cup arhar dal (soaked in water for 1/2 hour before)
2 medium sized tomatoes chopped
2 medium sized onions chopped
1 tbsp ginger finely chopped
1 cup bottle gourd (cut into medium sized pieces)
10- 12 beans cut into long pieces
2 cups veggies(potato, capsicum and cauliflower)
9- 10 curry leaves
2 tbsp tamarind pulp/ lemon juice
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
1-2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp coriander powder
3-4 dried red chill whole (optional)
3-4 tbsp oil
Water as required

Coconut chutney :
1 fresh coconut (chopped into small pieces)
1 tbsp ginger
1-2 green chillies
Water as required
Salt to taste
1 tbsp soaked channa dal
1 tsp mustard seeds
5-6 curry leaves
1 tbsp oil for tempering

Method:  For making idli beat the curd with hand whisker till it is smooth and add sooji into it and form smooth batter without any lumps.Add salt to taste and whisk it properly.Add water if required.Add eno salt and mix it well.Apply oil on idli maker with brush and fill it with batter upto 3/4 level and microwave it for 4-5 mins.Check by inserting toothpick in it  and you have to add water in microwave safe bowl to the level marked in it before putting idli stand in it for steam formation inside microwave. You can steam at gas burner too by putting idli maker stand in cooker and covering it lid without whistle , on gas it will take 10-15 mins.

For Sambar heat oil in cooker add chopped onions, saute till they are golden brown,add ginger and cook for 1-2 mins.Add chopped tomatoes and cook till they are soft, now add all the vegetables including potato,cauliflower,capsicum,beans and bottle gourd and cook on medium low flame for 5-6 mins by mixing in between , add salt,red chilli powder,turmeric powder and coriander powder and cook for 1-2 mins till all spices leaves it's flavour, add soaked dal and add water 6-7 cups and mix it and cover the lid.Let it cook on medium low flame till 2-3 whistles come now reduce the flame to simmer and cook for 15 - 20 mins.Grains of dal shouldn't be visible when your sambar is cooked properly check it and cook further by removing lid if required. For tempering heat oil 1-2 tbsp add mustard seeds,curry leaves and dried red chillies and pour it over cooked sambar.Finally add lemon juice/tamarind pulp and give final mix .Serve it hot with idlis.

Coconut chutney: grind coconut,ginger ,green chilli ,soaked channa dal and salt in mixer grinder by adding small amount of water till its smooth paste.Now for tempering heat oil add mustard seeds and curry leaves switch off the flame when it will leaves aroma in oil. Pour it over grinded coconut chutney and serve with idli sambar.

Everyone has different style of cooking this wholesome meal so u can change according to your taste.

It can be eaten at any time of day and best menu option for guests if you don't want to remain in ur kitchen while they want to gossip with u.

Happy eating:)

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