The temperature is dropping very fast here. With the cold weather, we both caught up cold too. Aching throat, runny nose and heavy head was just making things difficult. So after few days of pretty bland food, we started craving for some hot and spicy food. The first thing that came to my mind were idlis. So last weekend, during our ThanksGiving holidays, I made these idlis. We enjoyed them with a steaming hot bowl of sambar.
I hear/read so much about health benefits of brown rice here. I had no clue about this rice when I was back in India. Few months ago, after thinking over it for long, I bought a bag of this rice. I wanted to replace our normal white rice with this. I tried a couple of times and realized we both didn’t like the taste or texture of it. So the remaining bag sat as it is in my pantry. Then I tried Manjula’s brown rice and barley dosa. Do give this recipe a try, it makes very delicious and healthy dosas. Thanks a lot Manjula. So now I knew how to use the remaining brown rice.
While in Bangalore, we used to taste these gingery idlis (I think they were called kadubu or something like that). I was a huge fan. So I added ginger and few green chillies to the batter. It came out amazing.
If you don’t find brown rice or do not want to use it, you can make normal idlis and still make them gingery by adding ginger to the batter.
1 cup brown rice
1 cup urad dal
1 cup idli rava (or soak 1 cup normal rice and make rava)
2 tbl spns chopped ginger
3 green chillies
Soak brown rice and urad dal together for about 6hrs.
Grind them with ginger and green chillies to a very smooth batter. Add the idli rava and grind for just few seconds till it is well mixed with batter (but does not become smooth).
Leave it in a warm place to ferment overnight.
Make idlis. Serve with hot sambar.
Serves : 5-6
Preparation time : 45mins