Sunday, January 19, 2014

Methi idli (Pathrode style)

Ingredients: (Serves 4)
1 bunch methi - chopped finely
1 cup rice - soaked overnight
1/2 cup grated coconut
3 Tbsp chana dal - soaked overnight
7-10 dry red chili
1/2 tsp tamarind concentrate
1 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp jaggery powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp baking powder - optional

1) Grind all of the above except methi. Add water if needed. Consistency should be like idli batter.  Add methi leaves. Check for salt.
2) Grease idli moulds with oil. Fill it with batter.
3) Place it in a steamer. Steam for 15 mins. Pierce a fork and check if it is done (fork will come out clean if its done). If not, steam it for longer.
Serve with coconut chutney :)

Tip 1: If using pressure cooker to steam idli, add a big glass of water, bring it to boil, reduce to medium heat. Place idli moulds. Cover the pressure cooker lid. Do not place weight :)
Tip 2: You can jazz it up a bit as well by making masala idlis out of it :) Cut idli into pieces, roast it with a tadka of mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves and grated coconut.

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