Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Kanchipuram Idli


Kanchipuram Idlis or Kudalai Idlis are idlis that are mildly spiced with pepper, cumin and dry ginger. These are traditionally steamed in "Donnai" or Lotus Leaf Cups. These leaves lend a special fragrance and aroma to the idlis. But don't worry if you can't find one, steam them like regular idlis in your idli moulds or even in deep flat dish and cut them into pieces. These should be served immediately else they become slightly hard on cooling. Read notes.

This is my mother's recipe who in turn learnt it from one of her close friends. These idlis were a hit with my kids, as they were mildly spiced, they had just plain without any side dish. And we enjoyed with some sambar and molagai podi.




Makes about 24 idlies
What you'll need
  1. Raw Rice – 2 cup* (see notes)
  2. Urad Dal – 1 cup
  3. Black Pepper – 1 tsp
  4. Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
  5. Dry Ginger Powder – ½ tsp
  6. Ghee/Melted Butter – 1 tbsp
  7. Salt to taste

Method
  1. Soak the rice and dal for 3 to 4 hours.
  2. In the Mixie jar or add the black pepper and cumin seeds and add the rice and urad dal little by little and grind to idli batter consistency by adding water.
  3. Allow this to ferment for 8 to 24 hours, depending on the place and weather conditions. It took 24 hours for me. The batter should rise well just like idli batter.
  4. Before making the idlis, add the dry ginger powder and ghee/butter and mix well.
  5. Grease idli mould, pour a ladle of batter in each groove.
  6. Steam for 10 to 12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Serve immediately with chutney and sambar.



Notes:
  1. Instead of 2 cup raw rice you can use 1 cup raw rice and 1 cup idli rice.
  2. Proper fermentation is very important to get soft idlies
  3. You could add a pinch of baking soda to get softer idlis.
  4. Also, since these are made of raw rice, you have to eat them immediately as they become hard on cooling.
  5. You could use grated fresh ginger, if you don’t have dry ginger powder.
  6. These idlis are traditionally steamed in Donnais, but you can steam them in regular idli moulds or even in deep plates (thalam) or cooker pathram. Add about 3 to 4 ladles of batter and steam for a longer time.

24 comments:

nayana said...

lovely fluffy idlis...Today's post :http://nayanas-kitchen-kreations.blogspot.in/2013/08/carrot-apple-gingerale.html

Vidya Chandrahas said...

Delicious and soft idlis...Looks splendidly inviting.

Ramya Krishnamurthy said...

delicious and neat clicks.favorite idli

Rafeeda AR said...

that is an interesting idli, i never knew about... thank u for sharing the recipe... :)

Wer SAHM said...

so soft and flavorful Idlies...

Akila said...

Lovely idlis n nice presentation

Sapana Behl said...

Nice idlis ! Looks great!!

Shema George said...

The idly looks super soft and yummy.

Rumana Ambrin said...

Idlis are my favourite I can eat them anytime of the day...perfect shaped..

Preeti Tamilarasan said...

like ur props dear.. we also add idli rice along with raw rice.. nice version..

Roshni said...

good one Kaveri.. we prepare it slightly different at our place. will share recipe soon

Priya Suresh said...

Love to start my day with this wonderful spiced idli..

Uma Ramanujam said...

My pattai makes it in brass utensil which looks like a large idly. like your version with chutney.. tempting.

Kalpana Sareesh said...

always love ur clicks.. n simple dishes.. good one

anusha praveen said...

All idlies are welcome in my tummy. Esp when served the way it is in the pictures. Drooling kaveri!

Swathi Iyer said...

Kanchipuram idli look really yumm.

Nagashree said...

Love Kanchi idlis or masala idlis(as they are called in my place). I dress it up a little bit more with pieces of coconut, soaked chana dal. Check out my version when you get a chance http://sattvaa.blogspot.com/2012/05/tatte-idli-special-masala-idli.html

Sangeetha Priya said...

soft and sponge idlis, love it...

Raji Ramakrishnan said...

good one kaveri

sangeetha pn said...

Perfect spongy kanchipuram idlis.. :)

Sona S said...

Nice clicks, idlis look so soft and delicious. Would love to try them.

Chitz said...

My amma also makes it.. Very tasty & spicy idly it is as such :)

Maha Gadde said...

healthy idlies n nice cliks.
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Suja Manoj said...

Fluffy yummy idly..adipoli

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