I think this was sometime last week. As usual, I was fretting over what to make for dinner. The weather was horrible (read: constant rain, cold and chilly). DH had not yet returned from work and he’s an awful suggestion maker for what to cook for dinner… “make anything you feel like” is his fixed answer when I ask him what to cook. And fortunately for me he’s not a fussy eater.
I browsed the kitchen shelves and found Rava (semolina). There was some sour curds in the fridge. Voila! That’s what I decided to make for the evening. Hot rava idlis.
Here’s how I went about it.
Heated oil in a deep pan. Added mustard seeds. Let it splutter. Added 2 tbsps of channa dal. You could add cashews at this point to make it tastier.
Next I added 1.5 cups of rava. Turn off the heat, you dont want to roast the rava, just heat it. Add a tsp of salt and 1.5 tsps of cooking soda. Mix well and leave aside.
Beat 1.5 cups of curd and pour to the rava mix only after the rava cools fully. Mix the curd well and leave for a couple of mins. You will see the mixture fluff up a bit as the cooking soda will react with the curds. You could add chopped coriander and chopped curry leaves to this mixture to make it more colourful and tasty. Add one more cup curd (you could thin the curds by mixing water to it) and make the mix like how you would make regular idli batter (pouring consistancy).
Grease the idli trays with little oil. Pour the batter and steam till done.
Its fast, its easy and its yummy. Serve hot with coconut chutney.