Idlies with Semolina,chana dal and vegetables are my contribution to Nupur's " A to Z Indian Vegetables" this week. Letter of the week is "I".Thanks Nupur,I truly enjoyed making these.
Idlies with Chana dal and vegetables:
These Idlies are made of Semolina(Cream of Wheat),Chana dal,vegetables etc, but not like the Rava Idlies.Don't expect them to be perfectly round, and fluffy like regular Urad idlies either! Because we use ground Chana dal to make these,they will be little dense and rustic looking on top and uneven but these are far more nutritious and tastier than the other two.I like rough looking top than the smooth one.You can smoothen the top a little if you like.You also cannot eat more than 3 of these idlies, 12 of these feed a family of four easily!!:))
You Need: Makes about 12 Idlies
1 cup Semolina/Rava roasted in 1 tsp oil until lightly reddish, 1/4 cup Chana Dal/red split peas soaked and ground,(save 1 tbsp Chana dal whole to add to the batter,) 1 carrot grated,3 tbsp frozen Green peas,2 tbsp plain yogurt,1/4" fresh ginger grated,1 green chilli minced,1/4 onion minced,few cilantro,salt,about 1/2 tsp baking soda and enough water to mix.
Roast Rava until reddish,place in a bowl.Take 1 tbsp soaked Chana dal out of soaked dal and grind the rest until smooth.Add both to the bowl with Rava.Add all the other ingredients including vegs and yogurt,mix well.Then add enough water to make fairly thick batter,thicker than normal Urad Idli batter.Adjust the salt and keep it covered for one hour for semolina to plump up.
After an hour,if you need to water to thin a bit,add it but do not make it thin.Just enough to drop in lumps.Spray the Idli moulds lightly with No-stick spray,add batter halfway to the mould,tap a little to smoothen the top.When done,steam in the pressure cooker for 10-12 mins.Take them out and cool on rack or serve immediately with Chutney.
I made this chutney by mixing 1/4 cup Dal Chutney powder with 3tbsp yogurt and water to make it thinner and seasoned it with mustard seeds,few curry leaves.
Or you can grind 1/4 cup yellow roasted Chana dal(Hurikadale/Pottu Kadalai),roasted red chillies,salt ,yogurt,1/4" ginger and some Hing(Asafoetida) with enough water to ake it thin and season it.
And the finale!
We are done, enjoy the nutritious breakfast or brunch:)