Friday, January 8, 2010

Kachipuram Rava Idlis

This is my masi's(mom's sister) recipe, and the first time she made it, hubby and I loved it!! My masi makes the most delicious food ever! She can whip up 10 dishes in an hour! ;) My nani, mom and masis have been my inspiration and I hope I can do justice to them and continue the "good cooking" tradition!:)

Hubby wanted me to make them so I tried it at home, and they turned out really good:) Happy with the end result!! :) I unfortunately did not take a picture!! :( Until next time now!!


1 cup coarse rava
2 cups buttermilk
1 small onion finely chopped
2 garlic finely chopped
1 green chilly finely chopped
1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
1 carrot peeled and chopped into tiny pieces
1/4 cup corn
1/4 cup green beans finely chopped
2 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped
1/4 cup broken cashew nut pieces
1/4 cup peas
salt to taste
1 teaspoon sugar
3 teaspoons eno
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4-5 curry leaves
1 teaspoon mustard seeds

Steamer pot
idli maker
oil to coat each idli container


In a medium bowl, mix the rava and the buttermilk, and stir it for a minute or so, till it is well blended. Keep it covered for atleast an hour. It will rise a little bit after an hour.

In the meanwhile, in a medium pot, on medium heat, take the vegetable oil, and let it heat up. Add in the mustard seeds and curry leaves and let it splatter for a few seconds. Add the chopped onions, ginger/garlic/green chilly into the pot and saute it for a few minutes till onions turn translucent.

Add in the green beans, peas, corn, carrots into the mixture, and saute it again for about 5-7 minutes. Add in salt to taste.Add this vegetable mixture to the rava mixture and stir it well. Add in the sugar as well.

To make the rava idlis, First start the steamer pot with water and let it start boiling. Take half of this mixture and add 1 1/2 teaspoons eno, and stir it continuously for a minute until it gets frothy. Now take the idli stand, and then rub little oil on each idli container, and then add enough batter to cover the container. Fill all the containers with the batter and put it in the steamer. Cover the steamer for 12 minutes and let the idlis cook and rise!

The first batch of idlis are ready! Remove it from the steamer, and let it sit for 5 minutes, and then remove each idli carefully with a spoon. Make the second batch of idlis in the same manner. Your idlis are ready to eat!! :))

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