Idli Sambar, a soft and spongy round shaped steamed rice-lentil cake accompanied with Sambar
and White Coconut Chutney
, is a traditional and healthy breakfast from South Indian cuisine. Idli can be prepared from either plain rice or rice rava (aka Idli Rava or Cream of Rice), urad dal and fenugreek seeds. This recipe uses Rice Rava instead of Plain Rice to give it a grainier texture and Poha to make them extra soft. Since soaked rice rava is added into batter with very little to no grinding at all, Rice Rava Idli has grainy texture compared to the Idli made with rice. To make soft and spongy idli, its batter needs to be fermented; all ingredients are soaked in water, grounded individually into a smooth consistency, mixed and then allowed to ferment for 8 hours at room temperature; fermented batter is then poured into idli moulds and steam cooked – this Idli with Idli Rava Recipe explains this entire process with step by step photos.
Preparation Time: 5 hours soaking time + 8 hours fermentation time + 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4 servings