This simple, healthy and delicious dish is a treat in itself. Pair it with your favorite chutney or sambar and you have a wonderful breakfast or a delightful snack.
- 3 cups parboiled rice, uncooked
- 1 cup black lentils, whole & skinned (Urad dal)
- ¼ tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
To make the batter:
- Wash and soak the black lentils and rice separately in water overnight or at least 8 hrs.
- Grind the rice in a food processor into a semi fine batter (a little coarse) using water as needed.
- Grind the lentils into a paste and mix both the pastes.
- Add salt to the batter, mix well.
- Pour batter in a large container/pot to allow the batter to rise.
- Let the batter ferment, preferably overnight, in a warm place (avoid the inside of the oven).
- Fill your steamer pot with water. Make sure the steamer stand is above the water level.
- Allow the water to boil.
- In the meantime, grease the inside of 4-6 ramekins with a drop of oil in each.
- Add the baking soda. Gently stir the batter evenly.
- Using ladle, pour the batter into ramekins covering only 2/3rd of the ramekins. Place all the ramekins on a plate.
- When the water begins to boil, place the plate on the steam stand inside the steamer pot.
- Steam for 15 minutes.
- To test, prick a toothpick and it should come out clean. If not, cook for another 4-5 mins.
- Let it cool for 5 min and then using a spoon scoop out the Idlis.
- Enjoy it with Sambar (mixed vegetables lentil soup) or Cilantro mint chutney.
Serving size: 2 Number of servings: 15
Nutrition Information (per serving):
Total fat: (g): 0
Sodium: (mg): 93
Total Carbohydrates (g): 35
Protein (g): 5
Calcium (mg): 24
Phosphorus (mg): 90
Potassium (mg): 161
Hint: Lentils contribute extra potassium. Limit to 2.