Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Sorghum Idlis….Health all the way!!!

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Hi!

Idli or rice pancakes are a common item in all South Indian homes. Idli is considered a very healthy breakfast, light to eat and easy to digest. The only problem that I believe is that since it uses rice in it’s preparation it has high glycemic index.

Sorghum is a grain with low glycemic index and is perfect for diabetics and everyone who is conscious about their health. This particular Idli recipe was shared by S’s aunt Leela, who is an excellent physics teacher and still tutors at the age of 70. She makes this Idli regularly at her place and recommends this highly. She was so sweet to provide me with a batch of sorghum meal to try this preparation.

I was curious and at the same time a little apprehensive to try this out. My all apprehensions vanished after the first batch was ready. This preparation is surely a keeper and tastes perfect with a spicy chutney. The Idlis are soft when eaten immediately and do harden a little on cooling, so if you are not planning to eat it immediately then before eating, sprinkle some water on them and microwave for  a minute and they are soft again.

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Ingredients

3 katori sorghum/ jowar meal

1 katori  white lentil/ urad dal

1 tsp. fenugreek/ methi seeds

Method

Soak white lentil and fenugreek seeds in water for about 2-3 hours. Also, sprinkle water on the sorghum meal to make it a little damp.

Grind the dal and seeds to a fine paste and also run the meal once in the grinder. Mix both and let it ferment overnight or for 7-8 hrs.

To the fermented dough add salt to taste and a little water to make the Idli batter. One can read more about the Idli batter procedure here.

Make Idli’s in the usual fashion and serve the Idli with a spicy onion-tomato chutney.

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48 comments:

Priya Sreeram said...

lovely looking health pockets ! slurp

Paaka Shaale said...

The idlies look perfect Pari. Just awesome :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

looks perfect and delicious

Madhu said...

Gosh, just had a muffin and how I wish it were idli with onion/tomato chutney!

Latha said...

Idli looks soft and healthy.

The Foodie said...

Idli looking so delicious.. use of sorghum in idlis is so new to me..thanks for sharing this.

harini-jaya said...

I thought soaking whole sorghum and grinding it along with urad dal would also produce the same results. Don't you think?

Pari said...

Harini, soaking whole sorghum will surely yield the same result, using meal only saves time like we use Idli rava instead of rice.

? said...

This looks very soft and fluffy too!

Rachu said...

Thnks for the comments.. Its a great blog out here.. nice and simple recipes...

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Prathibha said...

looks yummy....nice n healthy one..:)

sangeeta said...

I am making a lot of these millet dosas and idlies these days ...and after the chennai trip i have started making at least 2 chutneys with them :)
Loved it... mine look a bit darker in color.

Kairali sisters said...

Idlis looks very very soft and fluffy..

Smitha said...

whats better than healthy idlis Pari!...too good!
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Chitra said...

Idly with tat chutney , droooling :)

Pari said...

Sangeeta, I have been making the millet dosa for ages now and I find them very healthy. Chennai restaurants offer a good variety of chutneys and too good to, was wondering why urs are dark in colour as sorghum is a light coloured grain.

Sushma Mallya said...

Its come out so spongy and nice:)

Shanavi said...

Morning here, perfect timing for me..Super soft and the combo is awesome..love the chutney tooo

Harika's Kitchen said...

Perfect idlis never knew that we can make in this way.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Idlis look so tempting , fluffy and moreover sounds healthy too

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

savitha ramesh said...

healthy idlis and perfect for a spicy chutney

Priya said...

Those idlies looks absolutely super soft and inviting..Healthy dish..

swapna said...

Very healthy and yummy idlis...

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

soft n healthy

aipi said...

They came out so soft n fluffy! Loved this healthy version :)


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Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

What a perfect platter, looks superb and surely healthy as you rightly said.

divya said...

Wow this looks awesome and delicious idlis.

Madhavi said...

Awesome Idlis..yumm!!

Suman Singh said...

healthy and delicious Idlis..love the ingredients you have used..never knew you can make idlis with this grains too...great recipe..thanks for sharing!

ruchikacooks said...

Thanks for the wishes pari. Idlies look so nice!

sowmya's creative saga said...

gogg one and so healthy..

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Never tried cooking sorghum,sounds healthy!

Zareena said...

Pari, first time here. You have a wonderful space. Happy to be your new follower.

Reshmi Mahesh said...

They are so soft...lovely

Treat and Trick said...

Such a healthy and perfect idli! Never used sorghum but now I can try them using your recipe..

Swarnavalli Suresh said...

Thanks for posting this wonderful idli recipie...

Swarnavalli Suresh said...

Thank you for posting a differnet kind of Idli recipe..which also sound very healthy fofr diabetes..

Rachana said...

The idlis have come out so soft and fluffy! Healthy and delicious.

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Soft and healthy idlis luks very nice...perfect breakfast!

NIDHYA said...

Perfect soft idlies..what more could you ask for! yum yum

Aaha Oho

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

looks yum! and very healthy! I have started noticing GI too these days - loved it for that reason!

PJ said...

idlis look so tempting and even more amazing, how can your she continue to teach at age 70, just amazing! I wish i had half the energy at that age :)

Raina said...

I have never tried idlis. Yours look so delicious and healthy. I love that there are lentils in there. When I get the courage, I will definitely make yours. Thanks for sharing them:)

schmetterlingwords said...

Hallo Pari, thank you for your encouraging words... Keep visiting my space.. These idlis are wonderful, just dont know if I cud get Jowar here... Glad to follow u too :-)

Now Serving said...

Oh my! Are those healthy and delicious or what! Lovely post- Also stopped by to say that you have a couple of things waiting on my blog - please stop by and collect - congrats dear!

Swathi said...

Sorghum idly looks delicious. i have some sorghum flour in hand, i will try this.

Harika's Kitchen said...

Nice recipe. There is an award waiting 4 u in my blog pls come and grab it.

Jayasri Ravi said...

lovely idlis thanks for sharing dear

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