Sunday, May 25, 2008
Second award and steamed dish event entry
I am elated...this is my second award this week. Uma of www.teluguruchi.blogspot.com has awarded me the "Rocking girl blogger" award. Thanks Uma. I have been having a great time interacting with the foodies in the blogging world and the awards have been welcome part of the blogging experience that I feel is a sense of acknowledgement and acceptance by the foodies here. Do check out my latest post on my art blog www.artfrompixels.blogspot.com too.
I would like to pass on this award to :
Vanamala of www.nalapaka.blogspot.com
Swati garg of www.chatkhor.blogspot.com
Srivalli of www.cooking4allseasons.blogspot.com
Ranji of www.rbcuisines.blogspot.com
Today is a very special day for me and holds memories that are very close to my heart. It's our wedding anniversary today and truly reason for celebration.:)We have been married for the last 11 years and feels just like yesterday...time sure has flown by so fast.
Last night we had a group of collegues who dropped in at midnight to wish us. It felt truly great that they did remember and took all the pains to make arrangements to give us a pleasant surprise and make us feel very special and in addition a yummy cake and bouquet.
Today is chill out day and hubby dear would take me out for dinner so in effect no cooking day. Thought with nothing much on my agenda today would forward my entry for the steamed dishes event instead of waiting till the last day to do so. Found this a very interesting topic- the MEC steamed dishes- by www.cooking4allseasons.blogspot.com.
My entry for the event is the South Indian favorite - the idli. The easy to make steamed dish is an absolutely nutritious dish with its combination of rice and lentils. It is a breakfast that is liked at my place, light on the tummy the idlis are a safe bet even while travelling. This is a fool proof recipe to soft delicious idlis that you would love.
Rice – 2 cups
Urad dal ( a lentil ) – 1 cup
Cooked rice – 1 cup
Salt – to taste
Soak the raw rice and urad dal overnight in water. Wash and clean. Grind the two in the mixer alongwith the cooked rice. The batter must be of slightly thick consistency for making idlis. Add salt to taste and mix. Keep for 12 hours for fermenting. When the batter has fermented and risen well it is right for making spongy idlis that will melt in your mouth. Pour the batter into the idli mould and steam for 10-15 minutes.
Microwave idli moulds are very popular and are easily available now. A wonderful delicious South Indian breakfast is ready quick and easy. Pour in a drop of oil into each of the idli moulds and spread so that the idlis do not stick to them. Pour the ildi batter into each mould. Pour half a cup of water into the tray and microwave for approximately 4 minutes.Enjoy a healthy breakfast with idlis served with delicious chutney and sambhar.