Masoor Dalia Idli (Red lentil and whole cracked wheat steam cake)

Masoor Dalia Idli (Red lentil and whole cracked wheat steam cake)

Idli is a popular breakfast dish from South India. It is one of the healthiest breakfast. Generally, Idli is made from soaked, ground and fermented rice and urad dal mixture. The batter is to be fermented for 6-8 hours. My son is fond of them. He likes to take them in his lunch box. I usually give him once every week. Sometimes when you are short of time, preparing idli batter can be time-consuming. At such times you need to think something which can be done instantly. I generally prepare the instant rava (semolina) idlis. They are soft and have the same white colour and the batter does not have to be fermented. You can either add baking soda or fruit salt to the batter and prepare soft and fluffy idlis. I will post the recipe of instant rava idli soon.

I then got the idea of making the Idli with masoor dal and cracked wheat (dalia). I have mentioned in my recipe of Whole Masoor Dal the goodness of masoor or red lentil. Whole cracked wheat or dalia are very rich in fibre. It is broken wheat and not a flour and hence it retains the nutrition of whole wheat in it.It is good source of manganese also. It is an excellent source for people who want to lose weight. It helps in keeping the  digestive tract healthy. You should have this valuable dalia at least once a week in your diet. It is a very good option for people who want to avoid rice.

The idlis taste good even the next day. I generally cut them into small pieces and temper them with oil, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, sesame seeds, green chillis, curry leaves and chaat masala and serve them for breakfast. They taste yummy. You can give them to your kids in their lunch box too.

Masoor Dalia Idli (Red lentil and whole cracked wheat steam cake)
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Masoor Dalia Idli (Red lentil and whole cracked wheat steam cake)

A healthy dish made from masoor dal ( red lentils) and dalia (cracked whole wheat). It is rich in protiens and fibre. It is the best option for those who want to avoid rice. It can be relished by all age groups.
Course Breakfast, Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword breakfast, brokenwheat, healthy, kids, nonfried, proteinrich, redlentil, steamed
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 506kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup masoor dal split red lentils
  • 1 cup cracked whole wheat Wheat Dalia or Fada
  • 1/2 cup semolina sooji
  • 1/3 cup urad dal split black gram
  • 1 cup curd
  • 2 tsp fruit salt plain eno
  • water as required for making batter
  • salt as per taste
  • oil for greasing

Instructions

  • Soak the masoor dal and urad dal for 2-3 hours together. Soak the cracked whole wheat in warm water for 20 minutes.
    Masoor Dalia Idli (Red lentil and whole cracked wheat steam cake)
  • Drain the soaked dal and grind them. Keep it little coarse.
    Masoor Dalia Idli (Red lentil and whole cracked wheat steam cake)
  • Add the soaked cracked whole wheat and semolina to it.
    Masoor Dalia Idli (Red lentil and whole cracked wheat steam cake)
  • Add the curd and salt. Mix and add water if required. The batter should be of dropping consistency . Be careful while adding water. Add gradually.
  • Mix well and keep it aside for 15 minutes. In the meantime heat water in the steamer.
  • Take a little batter in a small bowl.( Around of 8 idlis ). Now add 1/4 tsp of eno or fruit salt to it. Mix it well. The batter will start bubbling.
    Masoor Dalia Idli (Red lentil and whole cracked wheat steam cake)
  • Immediately pour it in the greased idli moulds and steam them in the steamer for about 12-15 minutes.
    Masoor Dalia Idli (Red lentil and whole cracked wheat steam cake)
  • Remove from the steamer and let it cool. Unmould them . Similary follow the procedure for making remaining idlis.
    Masoor Dalia Idli (Red lentil and whole cracked wheat steam cake)
  • Serve them hot with green coriander and coconut chutney.
    Masoor Dalia Idli (Red lentil and whole cracked wheat steam cake)
  • This image shows fluffy, soft and spongy idlis.
    Masoor Dalia Idli (Red lentil and whole cracked wheat steam cake)

Notes

Notes:
The curd should not be too sour.
Do not add all the fruit salt at once. Just remove the batter in the other bowl for making around 8 idlis and add 1/4 tsp of eno per bowl.
The water needed should be added gradually till you get the dropping consistency of the idli batter.
If the batter has become too thin then add more semolina to it or gram flour.
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 506kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 410mg | Potassium: 318mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 13.2mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 3.1mg

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