May 5, 2009

Mini '' Idlis '' in delicious sambar

Mini idlis in delicious sambar

You need

1 bowl Idli batter
2 nos Mini Idli stand
1 teaspoon oil for greasing
1 bowl sambar

Sambar recipe


For dal :

1 cup tur dal
4 cups water
1 teaspoon oil
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 onion, roughly chopped
2 tomatoes, roughly chopped

Pressure cook tur dal along with water, turmeric powder, oil, onion and tomatoes for 20 - 25 minutes. Keep aside for cooling.

Other ingredients for sambar

1 cup sambar onions (small onion / shallots / chuvannulli in Malayalam / Piyyavu in Konkani )
1 - 2 cups water
Salt to taste
1 1/2 tablespoon Eastern / Melam / MTR Sambar powder

For seasoning :

1 teaspoon cooking oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 spring curry leaves
1/4 teaspoon hing ( asafoetida )


For mini idli :

Grease mini idli stand with oil and keep aside.

Pour idli batter with a spoon and steam in a pressure cooker / National rice cooker for 10 - 15 minutes.

For sambar :

Boil small onions with cooked dal mixture , 1 - 2 cups water and salt. (adjust the thickness of the dal mixture with water ). Cook for 15 - 20 minutes on low heat. Cover with a lid. Stir occasionally.

Add sambar powder and boil again for 15 minutes on a low heat. You can find slight reduction in the quantity of the sambar and nice aroma of sambar powder.

For seasoning :

Heat oil in a pan . Add mustard seeds. When they start crackle add curry leaves and asafoetida. Saute for 2 - 3 minutes and pour it over to sambar. Cook for 2 -3 minutes . Now sambar is ready for serving mini idlis.

Final preparation :

Keep mini idlis in a small bowl. Pour sambar over it ( or add mini idlis in a bowl of sambar and serve with a spoon).

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