Faraali Idli Sambhar ( Faraali Recipes)

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The famous southie snack can be converted into a healthy and delicious faraal snack by making the idlis with sanwa millet and the sambhar with boiled vegetable purée. Serve with peanut curd chutney for an added dash of innovativeness.

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Soaking time:  8 hours   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:     Makes 4 servings
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For The Idli
1 cup sanwa millet (sama)
1/2 cup sago (sabudana)
1 cup fresh curds (dahi)
4 tsp ginger-green chilli paste
rock salt (sendha namak) to taste
1 tsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1 cup boiled and peeled potato cubes
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 cup roasted peanut powder (optional)

For The Sambhar
5 tsp coriander (dhania) seeds
4 round red chillies (boriya mirch)
2 tbsp roasted peanuts
1 tbsp grated dry coconut (kopra)
25 mm (1”) stick cinnamon (dalchini)
1 1/2 cups bottle gourd (doodhi / lauki) cubes
1 1/2 cups peeled and chopped yam (suran)
1 cup peeled and chopped potatoes
rock salt (sendha namak) to taste
2 tsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1 tsp lemon juice

For Serving
peanut curd chutney

For the idli

  1. Clean and wash the sanwa millet and sago.
  2. Drain, add the curds, 2 tsp of ginger-green chilli paste, rock salt and mix well.
  3. Keep aside to soak for at least 6 to 8 hours.
  4. Grind the mixture in a blender to a smooth batter without adding any water. Keep aside.
  5. For the stuffing, heat the oil in a non-stick kadhai and add the cumin seeds.
  6. When the seeds crackle, add the remaining 2 tsp of ginger-green chilli paste and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  7. Add the potatoes, sugar, lemon juice and rock salt, mix well and cook on a slow flame for 5 minutes.
  8. Cool and divide the stuffing into 16 equal portions.
  9. Put 1 tbsp of the idli batter into greased idli moulds, spread a portion of the potato stuffing over it.
  10. Sprinkle a little peanut powder over it and top it up with another tbsp of the idli batter.
  11. Steam in an idli steamer for 10 minutes or till done.

For the sambhar

  1. Combine the coriander seeds, 2 round red chillies, peanuts, dry coconut and cinnamon and blend in a mixer to a fine powder. Keep aside.
  2. Boil a vesselful of water, add 1 cup of bottle gourd, 1 cup of yam and potatoes and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or till the vegetables are completely cooked.
  3. Drain, cool and blend in a mixer to a smooth purée.
  4. Transfer it to a deep non-stick pan, add 4 cups of water, mix well and simmer for 7 to 8 minutes, while stirring once in between.
  5. Add the remaining ½ cup of bottle gourd and yam, ground powder and rock salt, mix well and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
  6. For the tempering, heat the oil in a small non-stick pan and add the cumin seeds.
  7. When the seeds crackle, add the remaining 2 round red chillies and sauté for a few seconds.
  8. Pour the tempering over the boiling sambhar, mix well and simmer for another 3 to 4 minutes.
  9. Add the lemon juice and mix well.

How to serve

  1. Serve hot idlis with sambhar and peanut curd chutney.

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Faraali Idli Sambhar ( Faraali Recipes)
 on 04 Sep 12 10:57 PM

Faraali Idli Sambhar ( Faraali Recipes)
 on 18 Jul 12 07:14 PM

Cooking for a "upvas" day has always, always been boring. The same old sabudana kichadi, farali pattis, potatoes and fried peanuts. So, when i saw the Faraali recipes book, i immediately picked it up! I tried out faraali idli and sambhar and it was just toooo good! My husband was happy that he didnt have to eat the usual meal and yet not break the fast. Not at all difficult to make and very tasty! Everyone was surprised and appreciated both the items big time.