Idli is a south Indian steamed rice cake, its an ideal breakfast. Made of rice and urad dal, making idli is not difficult. In Odia households we prepare many steamed rice and urad dal cakes like this. Some of are made of steaming only the rice batter also. Sijha manda, Enduri pitha, Muaan pitha and Idli are named to be among them. We prepare idli by steaming it as it is made in south india, and sometime we do steam it with the sweet coconut stuffing. In Odisa idli is served with ghuguni, dalma or hot milk with sugar.
Here goes the recipe of a favourite dish from my kitchen.
Nadia Pura idli:-
2 cups rice
1 cup urad dal
1 tsp fenugreek seeds.
Pinch of Baking soda.
1 tsp oil.
11/2 cup of grated coconut.
I cup brown sugar.
Soak urad dal , rice and fenugreek seeds in enough water for 6-8 hours. Grind the mix to a thick consistency adding water in between. Add the salt and baking soda to the batter, stir it. Keep the mixture in a warm place overnight to ferment .
Put a pan on flame. Pour the grated coconut and brown sugar into the pan. Fry it till the brown sugar melts and coats the coconut. Add the cardamom powder into the coconut mixture. Let it cool.
Grease the idli plate with oil. Pour the batter into the idli plates(3/4th), place a spoonful of coconut mixture on top of it. Now cover it with another spoonful of batter. Steam it in a idli cooker or rice cooker for 10 mins. Let it cool for sometime, take it out with a butter knife. Serve hot with ghuguni, dalma , sambar or with milk n sugar.
Awesome! enjoy guys.