Red Rice Idli or Dosa
These pretty pink idlis and dosas that are made with whole ingredients are tasty, filling and healthy. Once you get hooked to these, the white ones will lose their appeal.
- 4 cups unpolished red rice
- 1 cup whole (black) urad dal
- 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
- salt to taste
Separately soak the red rice and the urad dal for 6-8 hours. Soak one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds either with the rice or dal.
Grind the soaked rice in the blender (or idli grinder) till you get a slightly coarse (but almost smooth) paste. Pour into a large bowl.
Grind the soaked urad dal in the blender till very smooth and mix with the rice paste.
Allow this mixture to ferment for 8-12 hours depending on the room temperature. In summer days, eight hours is sufficient, but on cooler days it takes longer. You can smell the sourness to tell whether the batter is sufficiently fermented.
Add salt to taste and pour into an idli steamer to make idlis.
To make dosas, add water to match the consistency of a typical dosa batter (somewhat similar to pancake batter).
Dosas can be made on a thick iron dosa tawa without oil by rubbing it with a chopped potato or onion before pouring the batter. Placing a lid over the dosa will create steam to help lift the dosa once ready. If all else fails, put a drop of oil on the tawa. Spray water over it to scatter the oil. Make your first dosa but do not consume it. The next few dosas will be easy to make without oil.
Variation for Dosas
An equal volume or less of finely grated lauki (dudhi) or pumpkin can be mixed with the batter along with a dash of ginger chili paste. This makes tasty, slightly thicker dosas that are a big hit with children and a good way to feed them the vegetables they don’t normally care for.
Serve with sambhar and coconut chutney
Fermented foods have good bacteria and our Indian meals automatically include a variety of fermented foods. Plant based yoghurts are fermented, so is cashew cheese. Dhoklas are fermented, so are baked vadas. Idlis and dosas though, feature high on the list as top favourites. All we do at SHARAN is to take a step further by using whole ingredients. In short, no white rice and no white urad dal in the whole plant based diet!
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