I always found South Indian foods a real comforting food. Everyone likes idlis, doses, uttapams, sambhar etc and I too a big fan of these soothing and light comforting food. As I always try to make little healthy changes in my regular cooking, in my previous idli recipe I used Dalia and then used oats but this time going to introduce you with poha idlis but made in traditional way as soaking and fermentation is included in whole process. These idlis are even more softer and moist than regular ones and I bet you are definitely going to love this recipe.So why not give it a try, recipe is given below.
Idea borrowed from Chef Sanjeev Kapoor .
HEALTHY AND LIGHT POHA IDLI
Time: 2 hrs( excluding soaking and fermentation time)
1/2 cup split urad dal
1/2 cup poha ( flattened rice)
2 cup idli rava or idli rice
1 tsp fenugreek seeds( methi)
1/2 tsp salt
Soak poha, rice or rava+fenugreek seeds and dal separately for 3-4 hrs. Then grind dal using little water till light and tiny bubbles are visible in it. It will take nearly 15-20 mins for grinding each batch of dal, so have patience, as it's needed for good soft and spongy idlis. Now grind poha and rice or rava + methi to a smooth paste. Now mix all together well. Give it a good stir and let it ferment overnight at warm place ,in a quit big vessel to avoid overflow of batter.
Always use little water at a time for grinding other wise you may end with runny batter. Idli batter should be as thick to be fall as a blob.
When it get nicely fermented it will become frothy, now add salt in it and mix well. Ready your steamer or cooker with rolling boil water .Now grease idli molds and fill 2 tbsp batter in each of them and steam for 8-10 mins. Let it rest for 2 mins after done ,then scoop out warm idlis with wet spoon. Serve with your choice of chutneys and sambhar.
If you find your batter is not much fermented as needed then don't be disappointed just stir 1 tsp of fruit salt or eno in every batch of batter you are going to steam at a time. And you will get nice soft and fluffy idlis every time. But remember after adding fruit salt just give a quick stir, don't over mix and immediately pour in idly stand and steam.
This idli comes out so soft and moist that you will fall in love with these beauties. Hope you will enjoy this super soft and yummy idli . Please pour your valuable comments and suggestions here ,they meant a lot.