Semolina and Vermicelli Idlis Video by Tarla Dalal

Semolina and Vermicelli Idlis Video by Tarla Dalal

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Indian rava semiya idli is very popular in Karnataka, where they make it in such big moulds that one idli will suffice for breakfast! The tempering adds to the aroma, while the cashews provide a crunchy respite in every mouthful. You can add some boiled veggies and coriander to the batter to make it more wholesome.

Recipe Description for Semolina and Vermicelli Idli, Rava Semiya Idli

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Makes 16 idlis
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For Semolina and Vermicelli Idli
3/4 cup semolina (rava / sooji)
1 1/2 cups whole wheat vermicelli (semiya) , broken into 1” pieces
4 1/2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp coarsely powdered cashew nut (kaju)
1/2 cup curd (dahi)
salt to taste
2 tsp urad dal (split black lentils)
1 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)
2 tsp finely chopped green chillies
4 to 5 curry leaves (kadi patta)
1 tsp fruit salt

For Serving With Semolina and Vermicelli Idli
coconut chutney


For semolina and vermicelli idli

  1. To make {span class="bold1"}semolina and vermicelli idli{/span}, heat ½ tbsp of oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the semolina and roast on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes or till the semolina is light pink in colour, while stirring continuously.
  2. Remove from the flame and keep aside in a bowl.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in the same pan, add the cashewnuts and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  4. Remove from the flame and add it to the semolina and keep aside.
  5. Heat 1 more tbsp of oil in the same non-stick pan, add the vermicelli and sauté on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes or till it turns light brown in colour, while stirring occasionally.
  6. Remove from the flame and add it to the semolina-cashew mixture.
  7. Add the curds, 1½ cups of water and salt and mix well to make a batter of dropping consistency. Keep aside.
  8. Heat the remaining 1 tbsp of oil in a small non-stick pan and add the mustard seeds and urad dal.
  9. When the seeds crackle, switch off the flame, add the green chillies and curry leaves and sauté for a few seconds.
  10. Add it to the batter and mix well.
  11. Just before steaming, add the fruit salt and 1 tbsp of water over the batter.
  12. When the bubbles form, mix gently.
  13. Pour a little batter into each of the greased idli moulds and steam in a steamer for 8 to 10 minutes or till the idlis are cooked.
  14. Cool the to make {span class="bold1"}semolina and vermicelli idli{/span} slightly, demould and serve hot with coconut chutney.
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