Well this is not exactly a dish with cooked Idlis, but rather with the batter that is a day or two old. Normally when we grind Idli batter, the idlis are made the same day, else it tends to get sour, especially in this summer. So that’s when we think of doing these dressing up the idlis before they are steamed, which makes it more interesting. If you see my previous post on Plain Onion Idli
or Sauteed Masala Idli,
it is a quick way to dress up a soured idli batter.
It was typically one of those days when I didn’t have an idea on what to make for us. With Kid’s lunch or breakfast, if I haven’t planned ahead, somehow I end up making something they like and they are packed off to school. Then comes the thought of breakfast for the adults at home. Sometime back I had used grated carrot to make Carrot Coconut Idli with Idli Rava
, but somehow I had felt the carrot wasn’t enough in the batter. So this time decided to make something new by adding pureed carrot to the batter and seasoning it.
It was a rush hour and I just couldn’t find time to take pictures step by step, but I really wished I did, seeing the end result. The idlis turned out so pretty, very colourful.
Carrot Idli ~ Dressed up Idli with Carrot puree
Idli batter – enough to make 8 idlis
Carrot puree – made from 2 big carrots, almost 1 & 1/2 puree
Onions – 1 medium
Green Chilis – 2 medium
Mustard seeds, urad dal – 1/2 tsp
Channa Dal – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – 4 -5 nos
Salt to taste
Oil – 1 tsp
Method to prepare:
Check this post to know how to make Idlis
Wash and roughly chop the carrots and puree them using little water.
Mix the carrot puree to the idli batter. Add the finely chopped onions and green chilies.
Heat a pan with oil, add mustard seeds, urad dal, let it splutter. Then add channa dal and curry leaves.
When the dals are browned lightly, add it to the batter and mix well.
Grease your Idli plate with oil/ghee, pour a ladle full of this batter into the moulds and steam them as you would do with your regular idlis. I did for about 15 mins.
Once done, allow them to cool down a bit before removing them from plates.
Serve with your favorite chutney.
Other Idli varieties
How to make Idlis
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Carrot Coconut Idli with Idli Rava
Idly in microwave
Plain Onion Idli
Sauteed Masala Idli
Interesting Chutneys that makes a great combo
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