Friday, July 25, 2014

Rava Idli with Oats

Story: This post is about "Maa ka dil and Maa ka pyar!". What's your favorite Bollywood line about Maa ka pyar? here are a few -
  • "Bete maine tumhare liye gajar ka halwa banaya hai!"
  • "Aaj to main tumhe apne haathonse khaana khilaungi.."
  • "Mere paas maa hai!"
  • "Ek maa ka dil hi ye baat samaz sakata hai"

anyway - Moms are always trying to sneak healthy ingredients into kids' meal and I am no exception. My son loves Idlis and I came across this instant Rava Idli recipe with Oats.. so I made it. My son's reaction - "I don't like it mumma - i want plain idli." Good thing me and my husband loved the idlis and were happy to hog on them.

BTW - do you ever wonder why it is Maa ka pyar and Baap ka raaj.... why not maa-baap ka pyar? Is it a matter of convenience for everyone to put mommy on a pedestal so she has to do it all - and can be told she cannot have it all? hmmm - that's for another blog - some other day..

For now - let's eat the Idlis!

Source: Love Sailu's blog and recipes

Time: About an hour 

Ingredients: For 16-18 Idli

  • Oats - 1 1/2 cups, dry roast for 4 minutes, cool and grind to a fine powder
  • Semolina - 3/4 cup (sooji/rava)
  • Yogurt - 1 cup 
  • Carrot - 1, peeled and grated
  • Salt to taste
  • Eno Salt - 1/2 tsp (or cooking soda)
  • Water as required to get Idli batter consistency
  • For Tempering/Poppu/Tadka:
    • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
    • Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp (Hing)
    • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
    • Oil - 2 tsps

Recipe: I followed Sailu's recipe with the following changes: only because I din't have the ingredients. Use 1 cup rolled oats and 1/2 cup steel rolled oats instead of 1.5 cup regular oats. One other note - these idlis are not as fluffy as your usual Idlis - but have a nice texture and taste. As Sailu says - add more Eno if you want the Idlis to be fluffy.

Dry roast the oats, cool them to room temp. Grind into a fine rava like powder.

Make tadka, add the carrot and saute. Once it is soft add rava/sooji and saute for few more minutes. Turn the heat off and cool the mixture.

Once the mixture is cooled, add oats powder, yogurt, salt to taste - you can add chili powder etc if you want to make it spicy. Add enough water to get Idli batter consistency.

Steam idlis as usual.

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