Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Cool Idli Salad

Idli is a savory cake made from rice and lentils. The Indian stores carry fresh batter or instant packets and I almost always take advantage of either. :)

I had this dish at a friends place and loved it. It is easy to prepare and tastes great and healthy too.

Idli batter (Gits idli packet)
Thin rice noodles (optional)
Shredded Cabbage (1/2 cup)
Shredded Carrots (1/2 cup)
1 Tomato cut length-wise
1 Onion cut length-wise
1 Capsicum cut length-wise
8-10 Curry leaves
Salt to taste
Lemon juice
Oil for tempering
Coriander leaves for garnishing

Make idlis from the batter and let cool. Break them into small bite size pieces.
In a pan heat oil for tempering. Add mohri (mustard seeds), jeera (cumin seeds) and after a few seconds add little hing (asfoetida powder) and very little halad (turmeric powder). Add curry leaves, saute for a few seconds. Add onions and saute for a minute. Add tomatoes and saute. Add capsicum, cabbage and carrot and saute to just tender. Add salt, mix well. Remove this mixture from pan and add the idli pieces. Garnish with coriander leaves.

I really like adding rice noodles to this so you would just cook them per the packet instructions and add these to the above salad.

After a while the flavors merge fabulously and the salad tastes great.

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