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Idli Steamed rice cake Rice flour

Just like dosa, idli is also a hugely popular dish coming from the Southern states of India. It is in fact often mentioned along with dosa. idli is basically steamed rice cakes served along with sambar or coconut chutney.

idli is predominantly a breakfast item, although it has now become more of a fast food, specially in the Northern regions of the country where it has a huge fan following. It is delicious, light, nutritious and very easily available. It makes a wonderful meal on the go. In south India, idli is mostly eaten for breakfast. It is a great meal to start a day, as it is very healthy,with almost no oil content.

idli is made from a batter of rice and urad dal. It is then fermented and steamed. Another popular version of idli is rava idli, made from semolina or sooji, instead of rice. idli is usually served with sambhar and coconut chutney. In many places in north india it is served as idli sambar, where idli is soaked in sambhar and served. Apart from these, other types of idlis are pudi idli, ragi idli, stuffed idli, curd idli and malli idli to name a few.

To prepare idli you will require rice, urad dal, salt to taste and idli mould.soak the rice and dal in water overnight. Grind them in a blender and mix them in the ratio 2:1. Now let the batter ferment for 6 to 8 hours. Next, pour the batter in the idli mould and place it in a cooker. Let the idlis steam cook for 5 to 8 mins. You can check if the idli is ready by sticking the handle of a spoon in the idli. If it comes out clean, the idli is ready. Serve the hot with freshly prepared coconut chutney and sambhar.

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