Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Soft Idli à la Murugan Idli

Murugan Idli is a popular shop in Chennai.  It is one of those small eateries.  Neat and clean.  That serves the most delicious food.  Idlis are soft and fluffy, their sweet pongal is out of the world, the adai is made with shallots!!  And so when I chanced upon the Murugan Idli kadai recipe at Edible Garden, I was ready to to experiment.  And the results were good!  The proportion of rice to dal was not different from the recipe I follow, but I have never added cooked rice or methi.  

Ingredients:
Idli rice / Idli rava - 2 measure
Urad dal - 1 measure
Methi/Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
Cooked rice - a handful
Salt to taste


Soak the rice for about 4-6 hours and similarly soak the dal and methi seeds in a separate vessel

Grind the dal and methi seeds to a smooth paste.
Grind the rice.  When half way through add the cooked rice and salt.
Make this a smooth paste too.
Mix the dal and rice batter together - the batter should be thicker than a dosa batter
Keep in a warm place and allow to ferment overnight.
You will find a bubble filled batter the next day
Gently mix.  
And fill in idli containers and steam for about 7-8 minutes
Un-mould and enjoy soft home-made Murugan Idli 

Have the usual accompaniments of chutney, sambar and podi. 
Thank you Nags. 


32 comments:

  1. I always add fenugreek seeds, but never tried cooked rice. will try it next time.

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  2. Looks soft and yummy,healthy breakfast.

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  3. idli looked so soft..want to have some now:)

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  4. i hate idli but wanna try this soft idli..

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    1. I never liked idli till I got married and realised how easy it is to make it for breakfast!

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  5. this is how we do it too! Murugan idli is so famous but i like their dosa more though :D

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    1. yes their adai with shallots and their sweet pongal.

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  6. Wonderfull and spongy idlys very usefull tips

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  7. I too love the Murugan kadai Idlis... Urs have come out perfectly

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  8. Hi Radha thanx for visiting n trying my recipe..I am an idli fan.looks soft indeed..

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  9. soft and yummy idli.i never add fenugreek while making idli

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  10. So lovely!
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  11. Very soft idlis, shud try out this proportion..

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  12. Super soft and spongy idlis looks wonderful.

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  13. your idlis looks really tempting. I am salivating here.

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  14. Idli looks so moist and wonderful

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  15. Soft idli Radha,like to have a bite just like that.

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  16. Idly looks super spongy. My MIL usually include a handful of soaked poha instead of cooked rice. this is very new to me..
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  17. Idlis look soft and pillowy...got an award for you at my blog :)cheers

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  18. Mmmm...Am craving now...awesome recipe
    Tasty Appetite

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  19. Its been ages since I had nice and fresh Idli...yours are making my mouth water...about your Pad Thai comment in my blog, yes I do think they sneak in Fish Sauce into everything...the way we Indians think vegetarian, the rest of the world seems to disagree :-) That said I have read somewhere that Fish sauce can be replaced with two parts soya sauce and one part vinegar...did you try it like that?

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    1. No I didn't. And having turned vegetarian, I know the taste/flavour of non vegetarian cannot be replicated with substitutes!

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  20. Idlies in Tamil; nadu are not made with idly rawa, they are made with idly rice.In my recent visit to madurai, the hometown for MIK< the person incharge told me abt the special puzhungal arisi, they buy for their super soft idlies

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