Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Easy and Tasty Breakfast with Cornmeal and Rava Idlis

Well, I guess Idlis are a favorite with a lot of Indian folks. Soft and much healthier than dosas, these just need you to have them steam cooking in your cooker while you do something else. No standing at the furnace like for dosas. But what if we forgot to soak Urad dal or rice and really needed these soft creations for breakfast?
Well, here is a super quick fix for that, using cornmeal and rava. (If cornmeal is not available, just replace that as well with rava)

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes 

Yep! This will be ready in less than half an hour!!
Recipe customized from simpleindianrecipes.com


1 cup Cornmeal
1 cup Rava (Semolina)
1 cup Curd
some grated carrots
some chopped coriander leaves, curry leaves and green chillies
Cumin seeds
Mustard seeds
Chana dal
1 Tbsp oil 
1/2 Tsp Baking soda

  • In a saucepan, fry the cumin seeds, mustard seeds and chana dal
  • Now add the cornmeal and rava and saute till lightly browned. This will give a nutty flavor. Add the salt at this point and mix.
  • Switch off the heat and add the coriander, curry leaves, chillies and carrots
  • Now add the curd and enough water to male a thick batter
  • Let sit for about 15 minutes
  • Add about half teaspoon of baking soda and mix well
  • Now its ready to be made into idlis. We can use any method we are comfortable with. Either stovetop in a pressure cooker or in microwave
I served this hot with coconut chutney once and the next time with sambar. In my opinion, these idlis are even good enough to snack for tea. Very easy and very healthy!

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