Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Carrot Coconut Idli with Idli Rava!

Idlis have always been my favorite. Not sure if I liked it more because my brother didn't like it. Well that's a thing of childhood. While we were young, it was always a case of me not liking what my brother liked to eat. How else do you think, I kept my Amma busy? If Sree likes Pongal, I don't like it. Sree hates idlis, I simply loved it. And he still hates it! I guess I made sure of this likes and dislikes till I was 10 to 12 years old. This was extended to even vegetables.The ones he ate, I made it a point never to even touch. I do remember saying its very difficult to ruffle his anger, so these were some of the antics I resorted to get him fight with me. Well nothing worked out, expect Amma getting wild at my behavior!

Having crossed that age and having kids of my own, I understand what a challenge it must've been to my parents. I was always saying they loved my brother more than me. Now I know how much that must've hurt them, cos my Konda says the same now. She feels I give more attention and kisses to her little brothers than her. I find history repeating itself! I try explaining, but as I know, it will not get registered in her mind. Hubby dear makes sure he spends every second he gets with her, but I guess she will forever think I am ignoring her. Well I hope time will heal that and make her understand that a mother's heart is big enough for all her kids and some more too!

Thinking of this, reminds me of those Idlis that Amma used to make. She wanted to try a different one in hope that Sree will like it. Whether he liked it or not, I remember lovely every bite. She used to stuff Potato Masala in the Idli batter and steam them. It used to be so spicy and tasty. Well that promoted the preparation of these masala idlis mixed with Carrot and Coconut. They make a great evening snack. Well not to mention a great ones for the early start of the day too.

This time we used the idli rava that's readily available. This cream of Rice is not mostly used in Tamil Nadu, and more common in Andhra. Athamma had got a packet from her place and this masala suited the idli texture very well.



Preparation Time : 10 mins
Steaming Time : 10 - 15 mins
Soaking Time : 4-5 hrs
Fermenting Time : Overnight or 6-7 hrs
Cuisine : Andhra
Makes - 4 Idis

Ingredients Needed:

Idli Rava (cream of rice) - 1 cup
Urad Dal - 1/4 cup
Salt to taste
Soda a pinch

For Filling:

Grated Carrot - 1/2 cup
Grated Coconut - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste (Since idli batter has, adjust the salt)
Green Chilies - 1 finely chopped


Method to prepare:

Wash and soak Idli Rava for 1 hr Soak Urad dal separately for 4-5 hrs. After soaking, drain the water from the Urad dal and grind till soft and fluffy and mix with the idli rava. Mix well.. Let it ferment overnight. Remember there should not be any water in the Idli Rava.

After fermentation, the batter will rise to double.Before pouring them into the molds, add salt and pinch of soda bi carbonate. Then mix in the grated chillies, Carrot and Coconut.

Grease the Idli molds and pour a ladle ful of batter into the molds. Steam them for 10 - 15 mins or till they are cooked. Cool for few mins, then remove each idli carefully with a spatula.

Idli Rava is sold separately in most stores. Its the called the cream of Rice. And can be used to make instant idlis this way. The usual process of grinding the idli rice takes practice.

Also I have noticed that these idlis are little porous than the ones that we usually make. I haven't experimented a lot with this, so I am not sure if they really come out as soft as our regular Idlis made with Parboiled Rice. But these tasted great.

For making regular idlis check this post. See in that post too its the same story about my liking for Idli!

The addition of vegetables to the Idlis make it a great thing to have for the breakfast!

And hubby dear was so happy seeing this, as he is so used to eating these idlis during his growing up. So next time we visit our place, I will have to get more to stock.

Enjoy your Carrot Coconut idli with Groundnut or Coconut chutney!

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26 comments :

Priti said...

Idli look delicious Valli..nice including coconut with carrot ..

jayasree said...

I usually usse this rava to make kozhukkattais. Shall try making idlis ur way.

Andhra Flavors said...

idly looks perfect! it should be healthy with carrot.

Divya said...

Idlis look delicious..I too love idlis and addition of carrots and coconut does sound tempting!!

notyet100 said...

enjoyed readin ur post...sibling rivalry is there in every family,..my younger sisters think i am given more attention thn them,..delicious idli,..including arrot is somethin new for me,..:-)

SriLekha said...

wow.. nice and colorful idli.... healthy too...

kamala said...

Delicious Idli Valli...Hay Konda is like me...During childhood I always feel amma is giving more importance to her because of her beauty!!!

Sonu said...

Hi Srivalli,
Nice recipe. I wud like to ask for parboiled rice for regular idli...how long shud I cook for making idli batter and which type of rice wud be best? Please help me here as we love idli & dosa very much.
Thank you.
Sonu:)

Veda Murthy said...

I love Idlis....any type.....urs looks too good valli!!!!!!chutney looks good too!!!!

ushaprashanth said...

Hi!
Idlis look delicious!!!!! they are nutritious too!

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

the idlis sure look soft and yummy! a great way to introduce veggies! the pics are really tempting!

KALVA said...

Yumm lovely delisious idlis....

Divya Vikram said...

I too used to complain that amma ignored me too..And the idlies look spongy n soft..

Alka said...

I can imagine how hard it is to make kids realise that parents love them equally.No matter how hard we try,there r sum differences bound to surface now and then,and it drain out parents emotionally
I am sure you might be handling things to ur best of capabilities,but i can't stop suggesting u,that involving elder kids in routine work of their siblings and putting little bit of their responsibilities on elder kids make them more attached and understanding towards younger siblings....eg letting elder kid decide what younger ones wud wear,or asking suggestions from them for simple issues make them sensitive towards younger bro/sis.
Good luck dear,and btw the spicy idlis are the perfect variations for routine idlis

Vanamala said...

I too add carrots for the idli.. nice dish

live2cook said...

I use Idly rava whenever I run out of Idly rice. Carrot idly looks great.

karuna said...

oh ya nothing like soft , warm idlis. nice to add carrot and coconut.

LG said...

idlis..I love all variations of them...with that note I wanted to ask..when is Idli mela?

Nirmala said...

Looks great Valli! Appa by istake got 2 packs of this rava instead of arisi rava. So I can try this over the weekend. Yeah, me too have given difficult times to Amma and now seeing history coming back every moment :)

SMN said...

Valli idli wth coconut and carrot stuffng sounds great! bookmarked..

Shreya said...

This is a great recipe, and I make idlis atleast twice a week for my daughter, this is such a healthy variation:-) I am sure she will love it. Can i make this without the idli rava, and use the normal rice idli batter?

Sireesha said...

Idli look delicious and healthy valli :))

lakshmi said...

i have a theory - men like dosas (because they like to keep their moms and wives standing while they eat) and women like idlis (we're of course a sensible lot who think about energy efficiency and time saving techniques)

Bhawana said...

nice post with idli recipe. Good one.

Aparna said...

I love idlis (only with milagapodi) but I love dosas even more!
These look delicious. I have done this with rawa idlis but never with idli rawa.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

what is idli rava? i don't have it readymade.. can we make at home? pls let me know.. thanks!

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