Food

Idlis done differently

Idlis are open to culinary interpretation

A few recipes that prove idlis can be had in more than one way.

Idli cocktail kebab

Ingredients

Mini Idlis - 36

Green chutney - 3 tbsp

Green chilli sauce - 1 tbsp Imli-khajur (tamarind date) chutney - 3 tbsp

Sweet chilli sauce - 1 tbsp

Tomato - 1, deseeded, cubed

Capsicum - 1, deseeded , cubed

Bombay Onion - 1 , cubed

Refined oil – One-fourth cup

Method

Deep fry one half of the mini idlis till golden brown and crisp. Set aside. In one tbsp remaining oil sauté one quarter of the mini idlis (plain) with mint-coriander chutney and green chillies sauce until a well-roasted aroma emanates.

In a clean pan, sauté in 1 tbsp hot oil, the remaining idlis in date tamarind sauce and sweet chilli sauce until a roasted fragrance issues forth. Place the three types of idlis in separate bowls. Take a skewer.

String a fried idly, followed by the veggie squares, and pierce a green idly into the skewer along with veggies and the sweet date tamarind idlis.

Finish with a fried mini idli. Prepare the skewers this way.

Grill the idli skewers for five minutes. Lay all the idly kebabs decoratively on a serving plate. Sprinkle a pinch of chaat masala or roasted cumin ( jeera) and red chilli powders and chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with a bowl of ketchup.

Idli manchurian

Ingredients

Idli cubes - 3 cups

Bombay onions - 2 cups, chopped

Capsicum (deseeded, cubed) - 1 cupTomato chilli sauce – Half cup, diluted in one-fourth cup hot water

Green chilli sauce – One-fourth cup

Soya Sauce - 3 tbsp

Ginger slivers - 2 tbsp

Garlic slivers - 2 tbsp

Cornflour - 2 tbsp

Salt - To taste

Gingelly oil - 1 tbsp

Refined oil - 1 cup, to deep-fry

Method

Deep fry the idli cubes until golden brown and crisp. Reserve. In a heavy-bottomed wok, add 4-5 tablespoons refined oil and the gingelly oil. Fry the ginger, garlic slivers along with green chilli sauce for 2-3 minutes over high flame, stirring.

Once a roasted aroma rises, sauté the onion and capsicum squares until roasted. Add the tomato red chilli sauce, the soya sauce and the cornflour. Stir well.

Tip in the idli cubes and toss well. Stir well until the mixture coats into a glazed dry mixture. Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves, stir in chopped green chillies and spring onions.

Serve hot in a serving platter with tomato sauce.

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