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October 4, 2007

CUTE LIL' COCKTAIL IDLEEZ... with Sambhar and Rasam

A lazy weekend brunch, of IDLEEZ-(EASY IDLIS / IDLIS WITH EASE!) is something that satisfies and soothes, I am giving you the recipe for exactly that kind of thing, and it's sooooo easy!

The Idleez are ready in minutes, are soft and spongy , and look real cute, recipe of sambhar I am not including since all of you are experts at it, recipe of Spicy tomato rasam you can find here.

03102007616                                        Cocktail idleez with sambhar and rasam

for the Idleez-

(makes 22 bite sized one's)

  • Semolina/suji- 1/2 cup
  • Sour curd- 3 tbsp.
  • Soda-bi-carbonate- 1/2 tsp.
  • Cashews/almonds- 2 tbsp.
  • Desi ghee/clarified butter- 1 tsp.
  • Salt to taste


Heat ghee in a skillet, add the broken cashews/almonds , roast till golden brown, add suji , dry roast , stirring continously till light creamy brown.


                     dry roasting the suji

Add the curd and enough water to make into a thick batter like consistency, add baking soda and salt.Grease cocktail idli stand(which is the same as a regular idli stand but the molds are much smaller, to give you bite-sized idlis) add 1  teaspoon of the batter into each little mold, steam for 10-15 minutes, serve with sambhar and rasam.

I ate them by alternately dipping one idli in sambhar and one in rasam and polished off at least 10 of these beauties at one go!0310200760703102007618                                       Cocktail Idleez, sambhar and tomato rasam

Another variation I love to do for a packed lunch/snack is - heat a tsp of oil, add mustard seeds and a few curry leaves, as well as juliennes of veg. like carrot, beans and capsicum some sliced onions and green chillies ,add idlis, toss around and pack it up for a healthy idleez tiffin/snack.



                 MTR Rava Idli Instant Mix

Did you know that Rava Idlis were first invented by MTR , during World War II ,when rice was in short supply, MTR experimented and came up with the enormously popular- "Rava Idli".

The packet contains a dry mixture of suji, hydrogenated veg. oil, bengal gram dal, cashewnut, curry leaves, mustard ,green chilli and ginger, just add curd and steam, makes 10-12 idlis of about 45-50g each.Serve with coconut chutney and potato sagu.

Another MTR product I use all the time -my beloved Sambhar powder03102007611              

                MTR Madras sambhar powder

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RAKS KITCHEN October 4, 2007 at 11:04 AM  

Hi Bindhya,
First time to your blog,
Very creative idea you hav got to make Rava idlies in mini idly moulds,I am having that mould and sure will give it a try...:))

zlamushka October 4, 2007 at 5:39 PM  

Hi Bindhia,

you have a very nice blog here. I see a lot of my online friends make idlis all the time. I never made them, because I dont have that little 'idly' tray :-( Is there any chance of using something else ? Cup cakes maybe ?

Happy cook October 4, 2007 at 7:51 PM  

They indeed look very cute.

Pooja V October 4, 2007 at 7:58 PM  

Bindiya I loved this idea of instant idlis. Gr8 post.

bindiya October 4, 2007 at 9:26 PM  

Zlamushka, I think a good substitute would be little tartlet trays,like I am using in Plump jam filled cupcakes,you can check out the post,hope that works for you!

bee October 4, 2007 at 9:57 PM  

cute, but the trays with the tiny stuff are such a pain to clean!!! but then i'm lazy.

Padma October 4, 2007 at 11:17 PM  

MTR mixes are such time savers... loved the new version of idlis with cashews n rava... you are an inventor

Anonymous ,  October 4, 2007 at 11:39 PM  

hi bindiya

your rawa idlis look cute. i too often take the short cut route & prepare rawa idlis & sambhar using MTR mix!:)

remya October 5, 2007 at 4:10 AM  

cute idli's!!!!loved mini idli's with sambar n rasam......

TBC October 5, 2007 at 7:09 AM  

Cute looking idlleez, Bindiya:-)

Siri October 5, 2007 at 8:04 AM  

nice cute little idleeez dear..:)

zlamushka October 5, 2007 at 11:19 AM  

Hi Bindhya,

thanx a lot for the suggestion. I ll come up with something for sure ;-) I was in Japan last week and bought myself a brilliant Indian curry book. There, of course, are tons of recipes for idlies. So... I REALLY have to make them now... I ll post about it later.

Sreelu October 6, 2007 at 9:18 AM  

Bindiya, Thanks for dropping by my blog, I love rava idli and for most part MTR is my only source.love your version

Shweta October 6, 2007 at 11:08 AM  

Such cute idlis! Love the recipe :)

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