wondering why the tray looks like this?...well the Idlies are in the plate!!!...:)
Oil for smearing
Sambar for idlies
Preparation Time : 15 mins
Cooking Time : 15 mins
Toor Dal - 1 cup
Sambar Onions - 100 gms
Sambar Powder - 1 tsp
Tomatoes - 2 medium
Tamarind pulp - small lime size
Coriander Leaves - few chopped
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt to Taste
Turmeric a pinch
Hing or Asafetida a pinch
Fresh coconut - 1 Badha (one piece)
Dhania/Coriander Seeds - 1 tsp
Fenugreek - few
Mustard Seeds + Urud Dal + Fenugreek - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves - few
Garlic - 4 pods
Method to Prepare:
Clean Toor Dal and pressure cook it with 2 drops of Oil and turmeric. This makes it cook fast. Put it on for 2 whistles. Remove and let it cool down.
Soak tamarind and extract pulp from it.
Soak Shallot (Sambar onions) for 5 mins, this way the skin comes out easily. Chop Onions and tomatoes.
Heat oil in a pan, add the seasoning ingredients. Then add chopped onions. Sauté till they are cooked, add tomatoes, Sambar powder and salt. Cook till the tomatoes are soft.
Then add the tamarind pulp and water. Let it come to a boil. Then add the cooked toor dal. The dal should be well cooked. We usually mash with pappu guthi, which a long wooden stick like ladle.
Cook the sambar on high flame for 5 mins, then simmer for 10 mins till its cooked well.
Meanwhile, heat a small pan with oil. Roast the fresh coconut, dhania and fenugreek. Make a paste of it once its cool.
Add this paste to the boiling sambar and put it on high flame for 2 mins.
Garnish with coriander leaves.
Take the bowl which has the mini idles, pour the hot sambar. Do not cover if you want to pack this for lunch.
This is my daughter's Lunch Box, which she was very happy to share with the camera!
Sending this to Sharmi who is hosting the JFI: Rice. I had planned on sending so many for this event. But couldn't manage. Guess Sharmi will be happy!
Hi, I make them for my kid's lunch box. Nice to see them here.
14 idly in sambar is one of my favs 🙂
Sukanya Ramkumar says
This is my all time fav..... Love it very much....nice picture YUM!...
14 idly with sambar and that touch of ghee on top?.. Heaven... Kids seem to really love the kutty idlys.. My kids too just eat so many when they are made in this mini size.
Idlies are cute.. idlies and sambar always the best...
Latha Narasimhan says
Srivallidear, such cute idlies! lakshmi loves kutty idli sambar! I too have this kutty idli thattu!
The sambhar recipe is super!
it's been ages since we made and ate idlis. will enjoy it through your blog.
I love mini-idlis and sambar esp. the one from Saravana Bhavan.
those kutti idlies are so cute.. i got the mould this time when i wen to india. i thik it is so sweet that ur daughter requests how you plate her idlies!!
Mini idlies from Saravana Bhavan is to die for. Their size add to the beauty.
there r 18 holes in that idli plate...so tell me frankly is it 14 or 18 idlies? 😉
Lovely... reminds me of Saravana Bhavan!
Pooja V says
Idlis or dosas are genrally reserved for our weekend breakfat. I love idlis soaked in sambar and chutney is also integral part of the breakfast tht day.
Sirisha Kilambi says
Valli...The idlis look great 🙂
ohhhh this is my favorite. I took some pics to blog about mini idlis long back but the pics didnt come so well. I love it in hotels when they serve with some ghee on top. yummy yum.
hey u both r like me. i too used to mash my idli sambar and i can't eat idli without sambhar luv it.i love these mini idlis.sambhar is my all time fav.luv ya
my mom used to send me also the exact sized idlies.. i am not a huge fan of idly though.. sambhar is the only accompaniment that makes it bearable.. and karam podi of course 🙂
Oh Srivalli I want to come over and have those idlis :). The way you have described it, soaked in sambhar my mouth is watering 🙂
I liked the sambhar recipe too.I am trying it for sure. So your post is bookmarked 🙂
Hi Srivalli, I'm anxious to taste this sambhar which is good with idlies but not rice! I usually eat my sambhar plain (confession time) 🙂
Love the story of your daughter asking for it mashed like rice, too 🙂
Thats nice to know Lakshmi
Thanks Lathamma ..thats nice to know
So glad to hear that Bee.
Yes, me too...Laavanya
ehmm...thats what your mom says too...lakshmi
Agree with you Suganya
Thanks for liking them Sukanya
ahha...but if you count the lunch box, there are only 14!. I ate the remaining 4 Sia
Thats nice Raaga
Agree with you Kamini..nice to see that you have changed your profile..
Thanks Madhu...nice of you to drop by...
Thats great to know Pooja
Will look forward to your post Sharmi
Thats nice to hear ramya
hahha...thats good Nags
You are most welcome archana...will look forward to you trying this and letting me know abt it...
hhaha...then you try this and let me know Linda...
I so want to eat Idlies but I want someone to make them for me 🙂 is that so wrong?
14 Idlis at a time, wish I had that huge idli maker...mine makes 20 (5X4)
quite a small one!...Loved the sambhar on it...
Valli a cool plate to grab it. Viji
yeah yeah yeah ...14 idlis. this is what we call in chennai.
Looks yummy and tasty
Cynthia, there is nothing wrong about!, hop to my place, will serve you a plate full!
Padma, I have a 6 plate one. This of course is the small ones that make a 18 small ones