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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Leftovers' Magic - Masala Idly / Idli


 Masala idlies served with peanut chutney

Smart, frugal people always find ways to save and believe in the motto 'reduce, reuse and recycle'. Indian kitchens believe in the same concept, where nothing goes waste. Even leftovers are put to good use instead of trashing them. Plenty of delicacies are created from leftovers that have their own identity, flavor, fervor and sometimes even more appeal than the original dish.
In South Indian kitchens, leftover dosa / idli batters are a common ocurrence. While leftover dosa batter can be used to prepare delicious utappams - the pancakes with veggies, idli batter can create wonders. One way to use up that leftover batter is to prepare these sunshine masala idlies. Add some healthy, flavorful ingredients to the leftover or even fresh batter, prepare idlies and you have magically transformed the regular ones to something colorful and cheerful.

To make 24 idlies, we need:
5 cups of idli batter
1 carrot, peeled & grated
A handful of green peas (I used frozen)
A handful of chanadal soaked in water for a couple of hours
1 Tbsp cashew nuts (optional)
1 Tbsp finely minced cilantro
1 Tbsp finely minced curry leaves
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp peeled & grated, fresh ginger
1 tsp 1 -2 green chilies finely minced (skip if serving kids)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder

Making idlies:
Add all the ingredients to idli batter and mix well. Pour the batter into greased idli moulds and steam them in a idli/pressure cooker.
For a detailed version of how to make idli batter / idlies, check here.

13 comments:

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Suma, they look great and really like a sunshine dear.

Madhu said...

Idlies looks lovely. Like concept of making masala idlies spicy-nutty and delicious.

PS said...

i love your idlis simply because of their lovely color..nice idea to add the veggies..

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Gr8 idea suma,Iddlis luks very soft and delicious.

Ms.Chitchat said...

Superb idlis suma, real sunshine in the kitchen, quite healthy too.

Deepa said...

hey these idlis looks so delicious and have come out very soft..looks good..

Suma said...

Great idea to make masala idlis out of the regular idli batter..

kitchen queen said...

the masala idlies look yum and inviting.

Yummy Team said...

Brilliant pic and great recipe!! Idlis look so soft and spongy! Am drooling...

Meena said...

suma...idlis look fluffy n yummm...love the colr on all your dishes...very beautiful!

Leena said...

Nice idea...Suma,idli's looks very soft and delicious...

J said...

innovative idea dear.. love the masala idlis..yumm and healthy

Srimathi said...

Very nice. the minute I saw the yellow idli's I thought wow looks so nice let me see what it is. Thank you for the recipe, it always comes handy with the idli and dosa mavu.