Kanchipuram Idly is a very famous spicy idly which is seasoned with chana dal, ginger, green chillies etc. In my #100dietrecipes series, posting my healthy version of kanchipuram idly using red rice. Red rice has a high nutritional value as the germ of the rice is left intact and also has a nutty flavor. The red rice and urad dal are soaked separately and ground into idly batter along with red rice poha is further seasoned with spices and steamed to get a flavorful spicy idlis. The red poha is added in this recipe to get a softer idlis. This delicious idlis can be served as breakfast or dinner along with any varieties of chutney and sambhar.
1 1/2 Cups Red Rice
1 Cup Red Rice Poha
1/2 Cup Urad dal
1 Tsp Methi / Fenugreek seeds
Salt to taste
Water, as needed to grind
2 Tsp Olive oil / Regular cooking oil
1 Tbsp Channa dal
1 Tsp Ginger, finely chopped
2 Green chillies, Finely chopped
1 Tsp Pepper corns
1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder
A pinch of Hing
Few Curry leaves
Few Coriander leaves, chopped
Wash and soak red rice and urad dal along with fenugreek seeds separately for 6 hours.
Wash and soak red rice poha before starting the grinding process.
Drain the water from urad dal and grind into smooth and fluffy batter by adding little ice water.
Transfer the batter to a big bowl and keep aside.
Drain the water from red rice and grind it coarsely.
Now drain the water from poha and add it to the coarsely ground red rice.
Continue grinding, till it gets smooth batter ( Add water while grinding ).
Once done, transfer the red rice batter to the urad dal batter, add the required amount of salt and mix well.
Close the bowl with a lid and leave it to ferment overnight.
Once done, take 1 1/2 - 2 Cups of batter and transfer it to small bowl.
Heat oil in a pan and add channa dal followed by ginger, green chillies, pepper corns, turmeric powder, a pinch of hing, curry leaves and coriander leaves.
Fry it and add to the red rice idly batter.
Mix well and keep aside.
Grease baking silicon cups or stainless tumbler or idly plate and spoon in the seasoned idly batter.
Steam it for 10 - 15 minutes and remove from the flame.
Repeat the process for the remaining batter and serve hot.
Serving Options :
Serve hot with chutney and sambhar.