Chennai Idli

Idli are an all time favourite for many of us. I love making this one, as they are soft and supple. There may be a variation in other recipe as this is modified by me.They make an ideal breakfast with sambar and chutney. Why is this named as “Chennai Idli” ? Chennai is a place in South India,it is the capital city of the state of Tamilnadu. It is here, they were first made  and  was very famous for these soft and supple idlis. Hence the name as “Chennai Idli”

Ingredients :

  • salem rice 2 cups
  • urad dal 1 cup
  • semolina (idli ) 1 cup 
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ideal breakfast

Procedure :

  • Soak the rice in hot water for 4 hours.
  • Soak urad dal seperately  in cold water for two hours.
  • Grind both of them seperately with adequate quantity of water. Later ,mix both together.
  • Now, rinse the semolina in water for sometime. Mix into the ground batter.
  • Keep in a warm place to ferment for 8 hours.
  • Add salt and make idlis the usual way, in a steamer.
  • Serve with coconut chutney and sambar and a dollop of butter if you wish !

Just a note :

Salem rice is a different kind of rice, which is used in making idlis and dosas. It is partially brown and  smaller in size.

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  1. dishofdailylife says:

    I love trying foods from other cultures. Indian food is one of my favorites! This sounds wonderful! Thank you for sharing it with us at Foodie Fridays!

  2. interesting i will have to write the rice down and see if i can find it, i am curious to try these. Thank you for sharing with us at Sunday Brunch

  3. Anu Nagaraja says:

    adding semolina is a new thing for me Jayashree. can I use sona masoori rice or ponni rice for this? thank you.

  4. Sss..soft idliss adding new and should try soon

  5. Meri Rasoi says:

    Delicious dish.. I have the same question as anu, can i use Ponni rice or sona masoori rice??

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