I got an idea of making barley idly from here. I followed the same recipe. The idly was super soft and tasty. I was not able to find i added barely.Thanks Aruna.Nowadays i make this idly very often.I wanted to make some changes to the recipe by adding oats and tried sterday.My hubby was surprised & asked me whether i’ve added oats and barley because there was no change in taste or smell from the usual idly.Only the color of idly was changed.He was very happy to have this idly for breakfast and dinner.I made dosas too. It was crispy and yummy..
Barley – 1 cup
Idly rice / par boiled rice/puzhungal arisi – 3/4 cup
Oats – 1/2 cup
White round urad dal – 1/4 cup
Methi seeds – 1/4 ts
Salt & water – as needed.
Wash and soak all the above ingredients for 5 hours. Before soaking , rinse and drain for 2-3 times to remove the dust in barley.
Grind it smooth by adding the required water and salt.
Ferment it for a minimum of 12 hrs or over night.
The next day ,batter would have raised or sometimes doubled. (based on weather)
Make idlies by steaming in idly pot.It takes about 15-20 mins for cooking. Check it by inserting the tip of the spoon. If it comes out clean , idly is cooked.
U can make crispy dosas also by adding water to the batter. Dilute the batter, mix well and make dosas.
Enjoy soft , healthy idlies with sambhar or chutney !!
POINTS TO REMEMBER
Please rinse the barley and other ingredients for a minimum of 3 times to remove all the stones and debris before soaking. Please soak barley for 5 hours at least.
if u want , u can soak and grind urad dal & methi separately and then grind rice , barley , oats together .Finally mix both the batters and keep it for fermentation. Being lazy , i soaked and ground everything at once.
Also while grinding add water in small quantities whenever needed.It takes 25-35 mins for grinding. The consistency should be of normal idly batter consistency.
If u want to reduce the quantity of rice , u can make it to half cup and follow the same recipe.
U can increase the quantity of oats and try the same .
Please don’t reduce the ratio of urad dal as it gives the soft idly.If u want to use less urad dal , try adding rice flakes or cooked rice for softness.
Fermentation is very important here. If it doesn’t ferment properly , i cant guarantee u about the taste and softness.