Saturday, November 3, 2012

Idli-vada sambhar

Ingredients (Makes 15 idlis):
1/2 cup uddina bele/black dal
1 1/2 cup idli rava
1 Tbsp thick poha
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 Tbsp yogurt

1) Soak uddina bele, poha and fenugreek seeds for 4-5 hours. Grind into a smooth paste. If idli rava is too coarse - grind it as well. Mix this with water and yogurt - batter should be a bit thicker than dosa. Leave it overnight and let it ferment.
2) Next day check for salt. Grease idli moulds with oil. Fill the moulds with batter.
3) In a pressure cooker, heat a glass of water until it starts boiling. Lower the heat to medium, place the idli moulds, cover the pressure cooker (do not put the weight on top) and let it steam for 12-15 minutes.
4) Once the time is up, pierce a fork through one of the idlis and remove it. If the fork comes out clean - idli is done! Using a spoon dipped in water, scoop idlis out

Ingredients (For sambhar)
1/2 cup toor dal - cooked
1 potato - chopped and boiled
1 carrot - chopped and boiled
1 tomato - chopped and boiled
10-12 beans - chopped and boiled
1/2 cup peas
1 onion - finely chopped
2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 cloves - crushed
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp asafoetida
2-3 sprigs curry leaves
2 Tbsp huli pudi
1/2 tsp tamarind concentrate
2 Tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
2 dry red chilli
1 Tbsp jaggery powder

1) I used microwave to boil potatoes, carrot, beans and tomato. I initially placed potato in microwave with 1 glass of water and boiled it on high for 3 minutes, added carrot and boiled it for 3 minutes, added beans and tomato and boiled it for 4 minutes.
2) In a pan, heat 2 Tbsp oil, add mustard seeds - wait for it to splutter. Add cumin seeds, curry leaves and dry red chilli, onion, crushed cloves, asafoetida. Fry for a minute or two.
3) Add the boiled vegetables, peas, turmeric powder, huli pudi, coriander powder, cinnamon powder, tamarind concentrate, jaggery, 1 glass of water and bring it to boil. Let it boil for 5 minutes.
4) Add dal and a glass of water. Check for salt and bring it to boil. Let it boil for 2-3 minutes. Add chopped coriander leaves.

Check out vada recipe here. Check out coriander chutney recipe here.
Enjoy!!! :)


  1. Mouth watering idly and sambar.I have never used poha in idly.Will try it for sure :)

  2. Thanks :) Will check your blog out :)