Monday, July 05, 2010

Broken Wheat and Rava Idlis

I'm in Mumbai right now and enjoying the monsoons and the food. We wanted a quick breakfast this morning and came across rava idlis with potatoes, they looked really soft and delicious and so tried them with some variations. I used dalia or lapsi or fine broken wheat and semolina and just a tinge of baking soda to help them rise a bit. Rava idlis are ideal when you don't want to grind or ferment the batter, or when you are stumped about what to make for breakfast. Rava Idlis are steamed rounds of semolina, almost like a quick bread but steamed instead of baked and a very popular breakfast item in South India.

1 cup broken wheat(fine variety)

1/2 cup rava/semolina

3 tsps oil

1and1/2 cup yogurt

1 cup water

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 raw potato chopped fine

2 green chillies

1/2 inch ginger grated

2 tbsps coriander leaves

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

In a bowl mix the wheat and semolina add the oil mix and keep aside for a few minutes.

Add the yogurt, water, chopped potato, green chilli, ginger, cilantro and cumin seeds.

Add the baking soda and salt.

Keep aside for a few minutes.

Steam the idlis for 10 to 12 minutes, serve with chutney.