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Mini and fun to eat, drizzle with ghee or dunk in sambar, super tasty mini idlis
07/19/2018 10:02:49 PM vindhyadesai

Mini Idlis

As a kid when I used to go to hotels or darshinis (few & far between), I always ended up ordering masala dosa. But I used to be always fascinated by nice looking dishes like mini idlis served with tiffin sambar and chutney. Those mini idlis served with ghee and piping hot sambar is a sight!
Not to worry, making mini idlis might seem like a difficult task. I have always found that we, as home cooks get intimidated by making something mini or miniature in size. It somehow becomes a daunting task although we can rustle up big batches of meals to serve a crowd. Making these mini idlis is not that difficult after all. It is essentially idli recipe but made into mini idlis.

I use a slightly different urad dal:rice ratio for making idlis. For dosa I use 1:3 and I use 1:4 for idlis. I have already posted idli recipe with idli rava. Here I have used idli rice for making the batter. Slightly more work but the result is amazing, soft fluffy idlis. You can also make regular idli with same batter if you do not want to make mini idlis.
Try more idli recipes from FOI, idli with idli rava, rava idli, corn idli, kotte kadubu etc. More breakfast recipes from FOI.

Mini Idlis | Baby Idli | Hotel Style Mini Idli | Idli Recipes
 
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Mini and fun to eat, drizzle with ghee or dunk in sambar, super tasty mini idlis
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 measure/Cup urad dal
  • 4 measures/Cup idli rice
  • ¼ Tsp methi seeds
  • ¼ measure/Cup handful of avalakki
  • Crystal sea salt or kalluppu to taste
Method
  1. Take rice and urad dal in separate containers
  2. Keep methi seeds and salt also ready
  3. Pour enough water and wash both dal and rice separately
  4. Add water to soak dal and rice
  5. Tip in the methi seeds with urad dal
  6. Wash and add avalakki/poha as well with rice
  7. Let them soak for 6-8 hours
  8. Drain water off dal and rice
  9. Add salt to dal , grind to a thick yet pourable batter with required water
  10. Pour this into a container
  11. Next grind rice with water and salt as per taste
  12. Pour this with urad dal batter
  13. Fold the batter well and mix well
  14. Scrape and wipe the sides of the bowl
  15. Cover and allow it to ferment overnight or for 12-15 hours in a warm place
  16. To make mini idli, take a mini idli container stand and oil them well
  17. Pour batter into each idli mould
  18. Cover and steam in idli cooker or double boiler for 12 minutes or till done
  19. Let them cool for 4-5 minutes, scoop out the idlis and serve with tiffin sambar and chutney
Notes
You can use any measure of your choice to measure your ingredients

Methi seeds enables fermentation

Avalakki/poha makes the idlis soft and white

You can also use regular idli stand but mini idlis are fun!

Mini Idlis Stepwise:
Take rice and urad dal in separate containers
Keep methi seeds and salt also ready
Pour enough water and wash both dal and rice separately
Add water to soak dal and rice
Tip in the methi seeds with urad dal
Wash and add avalakki/poha as well with rice
Let them soak for 6-8 hours
Drain water off dal and rice
Add salt to dal , grind to a thick yet pourable batter with required water
Pour this into a container
Next grind rice with water and salt as per taste
Pour this with urad dal batter
Fold the batter well and mix well
Scrape and wipe the sides of the bowl
Cover and allow it to ferment overnight or for 12-15 hours in a warm place
To make mini idli, take a mini idli container stand and oil them well
Pour batter into each idli mould
Cover and steam in idli cooker or double boiler for 12 minutes or till done
Let them cool for 4-5 minutes, scoop out the idlis and serve with tiffin sambar and chutney

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