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.
Soak the masoor dal and urad dal for 2-3 hours together. Soak the cracked whole wheat in warm water for 20 minutes.
Drain the soaked dal and grind them. Keep it little coarse.
Add the soaked cracked whole wheat and semolina to it.
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.
Immediately pour it in the greased idli moulds and steam them in the steamer for about 12-15 minutes.
Remove from the steamer and let it cool. Unmould them . Similary follow the procedure for making remaining idlis.
Serve them hot with green coriander and coconut chutney.
This image shows fluffy, soft and spongy idlis.
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.