Monday, July 25, 2011

Khara Eerulli Idli | Masala Onion Idli | Spicy Idli..with left over Idli Batter

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This recipe comes to rescue when your idli batter turns sour and not good to make regular idlis.The spiciness,sweetness from onions and carrots and the crunch of onions in each and every bite helps in compensating the sourness of the batter and makes the idlis delicious.It is ideal to use 4-5 days old idli batter for this recipe and if you want to try this one immediately just keep your idli batter at room temperature overnight which makes the batter bit sour.If you are bored of eating regular plain idlis,this spiced up masala idli would definitely be a treat for you and is a must try for all idli lovers.This was my today's breakfast which I would like to share with you all.
Ingredients:
3 cups idli batter(recipe follows)
2 medium Onions,finely chopped
1/4 cup Chana dal,soaked for 1 hr
2-3 tbsp chopped Coriander
1 medium Carrot,grated
a sprig of Curry leaves,chopped
1 tsp Green chilli paste
1/4 tsp cooking soda
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 cup grated carrot,for lining the idlis
Salt to taste
1 tbsp Oil

for Idli batter:
4 cups Idli rice
1 cup Urad dal
1 cup levelled Poha
1 tsp Fenugreek seeds
Salt to taste
Method:
for making Idli batter:
  • Soak idli rice overnight or at least for 5-6 hrs.Soak urad dal in a vessel and poha and fenugreek seeds in a separate vessel next morning and let them soak for at least 2 hrs.
  • Grind urad dal in the wet grinder until it is smooth,soft and frothy.Remove it from the grinder and put it in a big vessel.
  • Grind idli rice with poha and fenugreek seeds in the wet grinder to a slight coarse paste.Mix the mixture with the ground urad dal and add enough salt to it and mix well with your hand and let it ferment for 8-9 hrs.Some times fermentation depends on the weather,so if the weather is cold it might need another an hour or two extra for fermentation.You will get to see the rise in the level of idli batter once it is fermented and it is the indication.
  • This batter can also be used to make dosas.
for Khara Idli:
  • For Khara Idli it is ideal to use 4-5 days old batter which is bit sour.If you are planning to use fresh batter keep it aside overnight which helps the batter to become sour.
  • Soak chana dal in water for an hour.
  • Heat oil in a kadai and crackle mustard seeds and add finely chopped onions and saute until it is slight pink in color.Add green chilli paste to it and fry well.Switch off the flame and let the mixture cool a bit.
  • Add soaked chana dal,fried onion mixture to the batter.Add grated carrot,chopped coriander and chopped curry leaves to it and add extra salt(remember that we already added salt to the idli batter) and mix well.
  • Add soda to a ladle and mix it with a tsp of water and add this to the batter and mix it well,the batter becomes bit light.
  • Grease the idli plates with oil and place a tsp of grated carrot in and spread it a bit with hands and pour a ladle of idli batter until each impression is filled 3/4th.
  • Steam it in idli steamer or pressure cooker(with out whistle) for 10-12 mins.Let it rest for another 5 mins.
  • With a idli spoon cleanly remove the idlis.Dip the idli spoon in water in between which helps to remove the idlis easily from the plate.
Serve it hot with coconut chutney/Tomato chutney/Tomato-Onion Chutney.

Notes:
  • Khara Idlis taste best when the batter is sour and hence use 4-5 days old idli batter or if you want to use the fresh batter keep the batter outside overnight.You can even add a tsp of sour curds to the batter which also gives the sour taste.
  • You can use the same batter to make khara dosa.Make the dosas bit thick like uthappam and roast until crisp on one side.
  • Adding cooking soda is a must because when the batter turns sour,the idlis come out hard.So in order to get soft and fluffy idlis we should add cooking soda to the batter.
Variations:
  1. You can even add frozen green peas along with carrot in the recipe.
  2. You can even add finely chopped beans and capsicum in the recipe,you need to saute them along with onions for 2-3 mins.
  3. You can even add freshly grated coconut to the batter.
  4. You can place ghee roasted cashew nuts in the idli mold and then pour the batter over it which gives a nice look for the idly.

70 comments:

Deeksha said...

Onion masala idli looks absolutely yummy. Nice clicks.

Radhika said...

Never thought Idlis could look so beautiful. Lovely presentation. makes me so hungry.

Kadhyaa... said...

masala idli is a nice twist to teh regular idlis. Howver i also noticed that teh way u make the idli batter is different from that of mine..

Archana said...

Love this one. I do have batter that has gone sour. Thanks!!

Tes said...

Oh beautiful idli :) So pretty and sounds delicious :)

Vimitha Anand said...

Colorful and flavorful idlis...

Sum said...

I've never tried onions, though i use carrots and others... Nice clicks...

Shobha Kamath said...

Looks absolutely colourful and yummy !

LG said...

This is my husbands favorite :) Yummilicious clicks.

divya said...

looks very colorful and healthy....

Aparna Vijay said...

looks yummy..

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Wow... super good pictures.. I love masala idli!

Laxmi said...

Lovely presentation.. Nice clicks.. Nice twist to regular idlis..

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Omg dear those idly luks so cute and gargeous...Wat a eye catching idlys,excellent...

jeyashrisuresh said...

sounds interesting and quite an new one to me.beautiful clicks prathy

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Lovely colorful ones, looks so delicious.

Laavanya said...

Love these spicy idlis and they look so pretty too.

prachee said...

omg !! idlis look absolutely tempting !

Hari Chandana said...

Woww.. looks so soft and colorful.. yummy :)
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Prathima Rao said...

Very handy recipe!! And the idlis are tempting...:) A superb breakfast treat!!
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aipi said...

Such nice, soft looking masala idlis ~ how I wish some breakfast right now :)) Truly tempting pics!
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Nitha said...

tempting one.. I really loved this mam..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Very delicious looking and innovative idlis looking onion and carrots. You are a class apart in preparing lovely dishes. Great preparation.
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DEESHA said...

This is new to me. The Idlis look super cute

Shanavi said...

o my, i love stuffed idli's..n very much attracted to the platter :)

shooting star said...

interesting, never knew this could be an option..but now that i know..will try out..
btw i tried making besan ka chilla again, this time on the advice of my cook, used the good old iron tawa for making the chillas..it was a success!!!

followed ur recipe but left out the tomatoes...hubby does not like tomatoes!!

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Reshmi Mahesh said...

Lovely recipe...idlis look so beautiful and nice presentation..

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Lovely pictures...with yummy recipes..

Santosh Bangar said...

heathy and beautful looking idlis

Vatsala. said...

Idli is my all time favorite....shall try this version too.
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Sushma Mallya said...

wow Prathibha this looks so nice, Yummy loved the very look of it :)

Suma Gandlur said...

Love these colorful, masala idlis!

Mugdha said...

khara idli looks gr8...soo colorfull and yummy...:)

Ammu's said...

Looks yum yum ...

ANU said...

awesome looking idlis....perfect and nice color combo

Sharmilee! :) said...

Looks so flavourful n tempting

Anubha said...

Love that pratibha....And clicks are just awesome making my stomach growl..:)

Jimmy said...

Quite nice! It is really interesting how many amazing recipes you can find in just two days. Thanks a lot for sharing, it seems like a good summer side dish!

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Pushpa said...

I am craving for these right away.Looks delicious.

Tina said...

idliii sounds delicious..

sonu said...

wow,tht looks awesome..i have idli batter i think i will definately try this..bookmarked..lovely recipe !

Ramya said...

What a yummy idli:-) Lovely combo

Kaveri said...

Never imagined Idlis could look like this...Awesome..beautifully presented

Rinku Naveen said...

Prathy..amazing!! You always have such innovative recipes. I am a big fan of all those breakfast recipes. That's where we have less ideas. Sure gonna try this too..
Thanks for sharing dear..

Priti said...

Loved it ....looks so perfect

PJ said...

The platter looks so inviting. Awesome clicks. I have some idli batter .Will try this for sure.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow yum, that is so nicely done. Very pleasing to eye :)

Pavithra said...

Mmm mmm mmm .. way too tempting.. wish I could grab some from the screen...looks awesome.

Ramya Bala said...

wow this osunds very yummy prathi!!!

Now Serving said...

they look fantastic dear! you could just eat them plain :) awesome

Khaugiri said...

I have idli batter...will give a try....

Priya Sreeram said...

looks yum- I make it too when the idli batter becomes very sour ! nice presentation

Ambreen said...

So colorful, looks absolutely wonderful.

Lavanya Selvaraj said...

Wow... What a beautiful presentation. I am sure it tastes great too...

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Jay said...

yummm...it sounds very flavorful prathy..:P
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Ciccia said...

OH, do I miss idlis! We used to go to the Sagar restaurant in New Delhi every weekend for idlis and dosas. When we moved back to Italy I bought an idli steamer but they never come out good! I'm a disaster at it. I manage dosas but not so great, my sambhar isn't so bad. I would just love to taste your idlis! Hugs from Rome!

thekitchenaffaire said...

Wow.. this looks absolutely delicious. I can wait to try this out :D

Madhavi said...

Owwww cute idlis...lovely post!!!

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DRY GROUNDNUT CHUTNEY said...

Hi Prathibha,

I am prathiba from"The indian food court". Wow so colourful idlis . Feel like grabbing right now.

Mehjabeen Arif said...

Oh.. Beautiful looking idlis... I never thought I would praise idlis by the look.. so innovative..


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Suma Rajesh said...

woo superb presentation yaar..tempting pic..

saffronstreaks said...

I never had such spicy and colorful idli, looks awesome with coconut chutney, loved the pics too

Treat and Trick said...

Amazing clicks and tempting dish! Love your recipe too...

Shyla said...

How beautiful and colorful ... looks simply delicious!

Glad to have found you!

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Niru said...

super yummy...beautiful..

Kitchen Flavours said...

very new to me...love the way u presented them...nice to see more addition of new stuff....liked that twist given to the idli...

Cooking Foodie said...

these idlis look delicious... love the colors and presentation

Prathibha said...

Thanks all
@Shooting star..glad that besan cheela came out well for you...

Food Photography said...

Very pretty and the arrangement is so neat. :)Looks delectable.

Mom Chef said...

OMG ! looks absolutely delectable :-) Would be a great entry to my ongoing event on Carrots. Do check it out dear !!

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