Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Broken Wheat Idli



My Dad has got loads of broken wheat packets. I don't know how he could have confused broken wheat with idli rava (rice meal) but that has happened. Now I am not a one to make upma with broken wheat every other day, give me semolina any day. On top of that we decided that he needed a break from Blr which remains alien and hostile for him. Most of that can be accredited to boredom and the environmental conditions here. I was hence left to deal with the stock of broken wheat on my own like a lone soldier.

While he was away I decided to experiment. Keeping the proportions the same as regular idli I used broken wheat instead of rice meal. Followed the same step for grinding. Yet let it ferment for 6 more hours than the normal overnight fermentation that we do for the regular idlis. While mixing in the salt I realised the the batter was stickier and was unsure of the results. I think the idlis steam perfectly and tasted flavorful.

This is how you do it.

Ingredients

1/2 cup udid dal
2 cups broken wheat

Wash and soak udid dal for 4 hrs. Drain excess water and grind to fine paste.

Add the broken wheat to the ground dal and a little water and grind for 2 mins. Keep the batter thick. Remove to a large vessel and let it ferment for 18-20 hrs.

When you need to steam the idlis add salt as per taste. Mix gently.

Apply ghee to the moulds, I used coffee tumblers this time just to give it the "its different" thing.

Fill to three fourth capacity and steam till top is shiny and a knife inserted comes out dry.

Serve with chutney of your choice or make the relish I made to go with this "its different" idli.


This idli is a good options for a diabetic. I am getting ideas now of trying idlis with coarse ground other flours like millet. It should be fun and worth the experiment!

7 comments:

  1. broken wheat may be better for ya than semolina, though, 'cos it;s whole grain, while semolina is not.

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  2. You could even add some veggies to it to make it more healthy...you have a nice blog here

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  3. Bee selective reading mode on here ;) hee hee.

    Yeah easycrafts to get a nice handvoish idlis may be :)

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  4. Recently I tried cracked wheat instant idlis from another blog. It doesn't require fermenting. But I would love to try this method too. The dosas also look very tempting. I'm so going to do this next week, because just now I prepared the idli batter using rice. Thanks for the recie.

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  5. that was an interesting try. i make nutritious khichdi with the broken wheat. 1 cup broken wheat 1/2 cup toor dal salt haldi ,then pressure cook it for 2whistles ,then.in a kadhai put oil whole spices (loong, mari,taj i elaichi )mustard seeds when it splutters put in 1 onion few garlic pieces some boiled veggies (carrot peas potato) n a capsicum,add haldi red chilli pwdr the boiled broken wheat n the dal squeeze in a lime nd a spoon of suger.u can also add broken cashews nd kismis.decorate with coriander leaves.the consistency should be like that of curd rice.

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  6. Ahh this is an interesting recipe..never tried idlis with broken wheat.. u have a good collection of recipes..

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  7. Sounds healthy! Bookmarking this!

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