quick idli bites


Idli Bites-Super soft and spongy idlis coated in spicy and tasty masala and tempered with mustard and curry leaves coated with few spices and it really tastes yum.

do check my recipe on how to make Soft Idli and serve with Green Coconut Chutney or Peanut Chutney or coconut chutney.

Here in the United States, no one discards leftover food so I always do make something new recipe with my leftover food and even my husband told me I can develop a new recipe with any leftover food either its a snack or desserts.

Normally in South India, they use chutney podi and leftover idlis to make the podi idli or masala coated idlis but tweak the recipe and use the simple basic spices, onion slices and just little bit red chilli powder and tomato chilli ketchup for some tanginess and trust me it really taste yummy.

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ingredients

15-16 idlis

2-3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or ghee

1 tsp red chilli powder(to taste)

1 tbsp tomato chilli ketchup

1 tsp mustard seeds

few curry leaves

1 sliced onion

salt to taste

Method

Cut the idlis into four, six or eight equal parts depending upon the size of your idlis. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and curry leaves let it crackle .add sliced onion and saute till it becomes translucent add red chilli powder, ketchup and salt to taste. Add the sliced idlis into the pan and mix gently to coat the idlis in the masala.

Remove from heat and serve with your favourite chutney

NOTES

Adjust the spices as per your taste and preferences.

 

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How to Steam idli using instantpot


In my last post ,i share how to ferment idli batter using instant pot  HOW TO FERMENT THE BATTER IN INSTANT POT?

 It is a savory rice cake, made by steaming a batter consisting of lentils and rice.  This recipe makes steamed Idli in the Instant Pot.

I have a non stock idli mold ,if you have a Stainless steel or Aluminum mold then first grease your mold with ghee or oil.  Then add small amount of batter in each mold.While you are doing this, add water to the instant pot and let it boil in Saute mode.Or you can add boiling water in inner pot and do rest same way.

Ingredients

Idli Batter

1 .5 or 2 cup Water

Oil /ghee for Greasing

Method

Add water to the instant pot and heat it in saute mode until it boils.

While the water is heating, grease the idli molds with oil or ghee. Add small amount of batter in each mold.

Place the idli stand in the instant pot and cover the lid and cook it in steam mode High in venting position.

The thing to note is that the time on the instant pot does not work in the venting position, so you have to use a separate timer.  

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In 12 minutes, the idli will be ready.
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You can make multiple batches of idli with the same batter.
Idli’s can be served with sambar  Sambar And Green Coconut chutney  Green Coconut Chutney  and peanut chutney  Peanut Chutney

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HOW TO FERMENT THE BATTER IN INSTANT POT?


 

Fermenting batter is difficult in colder places like the US, especially during the winter months. But guess what Using InstantPot it come to the rescue.

I used to have a hard time getting the batter right. Sometimes it would not ferment and rise enough, and at other times it would be perfect, keeping me wondering what went wrong. But eventually now I can make perfect batter every time.

Today I am sharing one more method of fermenting Idli batter using the Instant pot. Yes, you read that right…you can ferment batter in instant pot. Mix the rice and urad dal batter very well. Add salt and mix thoroughly using a wooden spatula. Place the batter in the inner pot and place the Instant pot in the “yogurt” setting on Normal for 8 hours.
Ensure that the vent is left open for the Yogurt mode.

 

Using the Instant Pot YOGURT mode is a great idea. With an insulated case, the temperature is maintained for the time we need, giving great results irrespective of outside temperature.

NOTE: i removed instant pot sealing and use Instant pot lid or you can Use normal lid to cover that lets a little air through.if its doesn’t ferment then put on low settings for 1-2 hrs more.

In the 8 hours, the batter would have become lighter and doubled in volume as it ferments and you can tell that from the smell too. Now you are all set to cook the batter for some soft and Spongy Soft Idli

try this with this Accompaniment and check it 

Sambar Green Coconut Chutney Peanut Chutney

 

Soft Idli


It is made of soaking ,grinding  & fermented rice ,lentil then Steamed. Serve with sambar & chutneys.

Ingredients
(Make 25-30 idlis )

Idly rice 2 cup

Urad dal 1/2 cup

Flattened rice  thick 1/3 cup

Fenugreek seeds 1 tbsp

Salt to taste

Method
Wash & Soak rice & Flattened rice together for min 4 hrs.
(for grinding use water used for soaking)In a different bowl soak urad dal & fenugreek seeds.Grind separately.Mix both mixture using hands.add salt & cover.Let it ferment overnight.In cold places ,it may take longer time.Steam idli & serve with sambar & chutneys

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