Nutritious Vegetable Idli

Nutritious Vegetable Idli, broken wheat and semolina batter topped with loads of spiced vegetables and steamed.

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A sneaky way to get your children to eat more greens and fibre is to give them nutritious idlis pepped up with vegetables.

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Nutritious Vegetable Idli recipe - How to make Nutritious Vegetable Idli

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     24Makes 24 idlis
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For The Idli Batter
3/4 cup broken wheat (dalia)
3/4 cup semolina (rava)
2 tbsp chana dal (split bengal gram)
2 tbsp urad dal (split black lentils)
1 cup curds (dahi)
1/2 tsp baking powder
salt to taste

For The Vegetable Mixture
1/2 cup grated carrot
2 tbsp chopped french beans
2 tbsp coarsely mashed green peas
2 tbsp finely chopped onions
1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)
a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1/2 tsp finely chopped green chillies
1/4 tsp ginger (adrak) paste
salt to taste
1/4 cup chopped coriander (dhania)

For the idli batter

    For the idli batter
  1. Dry roast the broken wheat and semolina on a tava (griddle) till they are golden brown in colour. Remove and keep aside in a bowl.
  2. Dry roast the chana dal and urad dal on a tava (griddle) till they are golden brown in colour. Add ½ cup of water and allow to cook on a slow flame till they are tender.
  3. Mash the dals lightly and add to the broken wheat and semolina.
  4. Add all the remaining ingredients and enough lukewarm water to make idli batter. Keep aside.

For the vegetable mixture

    For the vegetable mixture
  1. Heat the oil in a small pan and add the mustard seeds to it. When they crackle, add the asafoetida, green chillies and ginger paste.
  2. Add the onions and sauté till they turn golden brown.
  3. Add the carrots, french beans, green peas, salt and a little water and cook covered till the vegetables are tender and the mixture is dry.
  4. Switch off the flame, add the coriander and mix well.
  5. Divide the mixture into 24 equal portions and keep aside.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Place a spoonful of the idli batter into each greased idli mould.
  2. Place a portion of the vegetable mixture over the idli batter.
  3. Pour a spoonful of idli batter to cover the stuffing on each idli mould.
  4. Steam in a steamer for 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. Repeat steps 1 to 4 to make more idlis.
  6. Serve hot.

RECIPE SOURCE : Healthy Snacks for KidsBuy this cookbook

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Nutritious Vegetable Idli
 on 03 Aug 13 12:08 PM

I tempered this with jeera , pepper and the chana and urad dals is a little oil just like rava idli and added the fried veggies in the dogh itself. scame out quite well!
Nutritious Vegetable Idli
 on 02 Aug 13 10:41 AM

Elaborate recipe...but worth it!!....its like a complete meal which covers Complex carbs, protein, minerals and breakfast option for your kids.
Nutritious Idlis
 on 31 Jul 13 02:01 PM

Nice healthy breakfast option for kids with the use of veggies.