I tried this recipe from " The hindu" food safari section. 3 different recipes were given there. Every time i used to follow my cook book recipe which i have mentioned below. This time i tried Varadaraja perumal temple recipe ..It came out really well..We loved its taste..As u all know this idli is steamed in “Mandhaarai leaves” . But i used banana leaves. I steamed the idlis in a big tumbler lined with banana leaf.Normally the cooking time of idli takes 1 hour. But i used pressure cooker , so it took just 15 minutes. Also the consistency of batter should be slightly coarse to get the above texture in the picture. But one thing is u should eat it hot .otherwise it will become slightly hard when warm.If u grind it too smooth, it will resemble our usual idli but it comes out very soft even after it cools down..
This idli tastes the best with coconut chutney..I’ve had this with sambar too.But i feel coconut chutney is the best entremets.My husband loves this idli a lot. With the pleasant aroma of steamed banana leaves , it tastes delicious & very soft ..
Serve hot with coconut chutney !
RECIPE – 2
- As per the original recipe, the batter should be ground till coarse.(rava consistency) .But i usually grind till smooth. U 'll get a really soft idli !!
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