Idlis are the healthy breakfast for everyone, especially for babies. You can grind the fresh batter for idlis at home in few minutes using the Blendtec.
Benefits of Idli:
Idli is an easy and healthy steamed rice cakes; it is an ideal breakfast in many South Indian households. Idlis are an excellent food for babies that stays light and gentle in the tummy. It is simple to make at home but to grind the batter is a time-consuming part of making idlis. Before I grind batter for idli using a grinder, it takes lots of time for grinding and cleaning. Now, I am grinding batter three times in a week for the fresh idlis without any hassle using my new blender Blendtec. It is a high power blender that grinds the batter in just five minutes, and the best part is easy to clean after grinding. Also, I am surprised with the result; the idlis just turned out so soft and spongy.
How to make soft idlis?
Soft idlis are easy and simple to make at home, but it involves simple cooking tips and techniques. The most important step in making soft idlis are the rice and urad dal quantities. I always use 2:1/2 ratio, 2 cups of idli and 1/2 a cup of urad dal. You can also use 3:1 ratio, 3 cups of idli rice and 1 cup of urad dal. These twos are the ideal quantities for the soft idlis.
Another important step is fermenting the batter, properly fermented batter yields light and fluffy idlis. For fermenting the batter, mix the urad dal batter and rice batter together using your hand. The warmness from you hand helps the batter to ferment quickly.
Also, the fermentation process requires warm temperature. In summer, you don’t have to do anything, just mix the urad dal batter and rice batter together with hand and leave the batter on a kitchen countertop overnight for fermentation. In cold weather, you have found the warm place for fermentation. Keeping the batter inside the conventional oven with a light on is an excellent option. The last important tip is grinding the urad dal to a soft and fluffy batter by adding water little by little.
Delicious dishes using the Idli Batter:
Idli batter is not only meant for making idle only; but you can also make a variety of dishes like dosa, paniyaram and uthappam. The first day with the fermented batter, I make idlis then second day dosa and the third day paniyaram and uthappam.
For the moms, idli batter is an excellent time-saving ingredient in your kitchen and it helps to reduce eating the unhealthy fast foods. Because you can grind the idli batter once and store up to three days in a refrigerator. Whenever you feel tired or bored to cook, you just make idlis or dosa with simple tomato chutney or coconut chutney for a quick and filling meal. I must say Idli batter is one of my favorite ingredients so far. Being a South Indian, minimum two times in a week I make Idlis and Dosas.
Smart Cooking Tips for grinding idli batter using a Blendtec:
- Add cold water when grinding the batter. Because Blendtec is a high power blender that produces heat while grinding, so the cold water helps to protect the batter from the heat.
- Grind urad dal to a soft and fluffy batter by adding water little by little. Choose the batter option in Blendtec for 3 – 4 times and grind until the urad dal turns into a light and fluffy batter.
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Idlis are the healthy breakfast for everyone, especially for babies. You can grind the fresh batter for idlis in few minutes often using the Blendtec.
- 2 cup Idli Rice
- 0.50 cup Urad Dal
- 0.50 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
- 1 tsp Salt
Wash urad dal once and soak in water for at least 4 hours. Wash idli rice (parboiled rice) 2 - 3 times and soak rice and fenugreek seeds together in water for at least 4 hours.
After four hours discard the water from soaked urad dal and add the urad dal in a Blendtec jar. Add cold water little by little and grind it to a smooth batter. Choose batter option and grind for 3 - 4 times until the batter is smooth and fluffy. Transfer the batter to a wide bowl and set aside until needed.
Strain and discard the water from soaked rice and add rice to a blendtec jar. Grind the rice to a smooth batter (little coarse batter is fine) by adding cold water little by little. Choose batter option for 2 - 3 times and grind until smooth. Transfer the rice batter to a wide bowl with urad dal batter, add salt and mix well with hand.
Cover the bowl with a lid and set the batter for 8 hours or overnight for fermentation. After fermentation, the batter will rise in its quantity and the texture of the batter is light and foamy.
Mix the batter once with ladle and add water if the batter is too thick. Now the idly batter is ready.
Grease the idli molds with oil and pour a spoonful of batter in each mold and steam the idlis in Idli cooker for 10 - 12 minutes or until you hear the whistle sound.
Let the idlis in the idly cooker itself for 2 - 3 minutes and transfer the idlies to a serving plate using a spoon. Hot steamed idlis are ready to be served.