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Monday, May 3, 2021

A - Z Idli Series ~ G for Greengram Idli

So far in this idli series,
D for Dal Idli

I have started a 'A - Z' Idli' series last month and it's turn for the alphabet G today. For the uninitiated, idli is an iconic breakfast dish from the south Indian cuisine, made with a fermented batter of rice and skinned black gram. Idlis taste bland on their own but make a delicious meal when served along with a chutney (usually a coconut based one), sambhar - a lentil preparation and podi - a spicy lentil powder.

Today's idli is a protein rich and nutritious option for breakfast which I prepared on a whim sometime ago using my pesarattu batter. I have always felt that pesarattu is something that you either love or hate. These green gram based pancakes from Andhra are mostly loved in the coastal regions than the rest of the state. I have no problems with pesarattu whereas my husband is not a great fan of those. Why I am mentioning it here is that it applies to these idlis as well. If one doesn't mind pesarattu then these greengram idlis taste fine as well since the batter used in both cases is the same one. My husband surprisingly did not mind the flavor of these idlis.
Here is another version of green gram idli that I posted a while ago that contains rice and black gram as well. These idlis were made with just green gram alone and no rice / idli rava or black gram went into the preparation. In this version, the green gram is soaked for a few hours and then ground with ginger, chillies and salt. The batter needs no fermentation, making this idli an instant version. The green gram can be soaked previous night and ground in the morning for breakfast. Stir in Eno's fruit salt into the batter just before preparing idlis.  

These guilt-free idlis are obviously healthy, gluten-free and diabetic-friendly.  Grease the idli moulds with oil instead of ghee, if following vegan diet. They make a filling and enjoyable meal when served along with chutney and sambhar. 

Ingredients: (Yield - 12 idlis)
1 cup green gram / sabut moong / pesalu
1 inch piece of ginger
2 green chilies
Salt to taste 
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tsp. fruit salt / 1 Eno's sachet
Ghee / oil for greasing the idli moulds
Directions:
* Rinse and soak green gram for about 3 to 4 hours in sufficient water.
* Drain the water used to soak the green gram. 
* Grind the soaked green gram, ginger and chili in a blender, adding a few tablespoons of water if needed. (I added 2 tbsp. of water to grind the ingredients.)
* Transfer the ground batter to a container. Add salt and cumin seeds to the batter and stir to combine.
* Grease the idli plates with ghee / oil. 
* Heat water in an idli cooker / pressure cooker base or in a steamer.
* Add fruit salt to the batter and sprinkle some water over it. Gently stir the mixture to incorporate the fruit salt into the batter. (Add fruit salt just before steaming idlis.)
* Spoon the batter into the greased idli moulds and place the idli stand in the cooker / steamer and close the lid. Don't use the pressure valve if using pressure cooker. 
* Steam on low medium flame for about 20 minutes or until done. (When you touch the tops of idlis with moist fingers, the idlis should not stick.)
* Wait for about 5 to 10 minutes and remove the idlis by running a spoon around the edges. 
* Drizzle a spoon of ghee over the idlis and serve with chutney and/or sambhar.
This post is an entry for Blogging Marathon #122 and check the link to find out what other marathoners are cooking.

11 comments:

Srivalli said...

These idlis are so easy to make..very healthy and I am sure we can make these for our quick fixes!

Padmajha said...

What a protein packed breakfast! And this one is a must try next time I grind for pesarattu.

Archana said...

These idli with green gram certainly are healthy and like you said you hate them or like them. Must try making idlis with pessaru as in my place idlis are sacred nothing should disturb the basic recipe.

vaishali sabnani said...

ah !, we make the same, but instead of idli, we make dhokla..living in Gujarat we naturally think of them.
Lovely soft and delicious idlis.

Ritu Tangri said...

A benefit of blogging is, you get to know so many new things. This green gram idli is definitely to try for

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

One more idli that I have got to try. I might as well soak the green gram lentil when I am thinking about it. So nutritious and perfect to start the day.

Radha said...

These idlis are very nutritious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

rajani said...

I can’t imagine people not liking pesarattu:-))! It’s a good idea to try this idli version of it too, I am sure I would love this one!

Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth said...

Wow, now that sounds absolutely interesting... Such a protien rich idli and looks super soft too...

Usha Rao said...

Wow, this is so interesting, both the idli and the theme you picked. Pesarattu has become one of the favorites at home in the last one year. These day I end up making pesarattu more often than dosa. I am going to try idli next time I prepare the batter.

I love your theme and curious to see what all you come with in this series.

Narmadha said...

So healthy, nutritious, and protein-rich breakfast recipe. Idli looks so soft and spongy as well. Must try the recipe.