Saturday, June 29, 2013

GREEN MOONG IDLIS

GREEN MOONG IDLIS

I am always on the look out for new recipes that I haven't tried before. I was therefore quite intrigued when my friend, Roopa V. Shenoy, shared a recipe for Green Moong Idlis.

I tried it out and we enjoyed it very much.  It has become a healthy addition to my collection of breakfast dishes. Seeing her suggestion that one could add either finely chopped spinach, methi or mint, to the idli batter,  I opted to add 2 tbsp of methi (fenugreek) leaves. This definitely added to the taste of the idlis. 

You can serve the idlis hot with sambar ( as I have done in the accompanying picture) or chutney of your choice.

Ingredients:
  • Green Moong, 1 cup 
  • Grated Coconut, 1 cup
  • Tamarind paste, 1tsp
  • Minced Ginger, 1tbsp
  • Onion, medium sized, 1/2 (optional)
  • Green chillies, 2-3 (optional)
  • Turmeric powder, a pinch
  • Asafoetida, a pinch
  • Salt, to taste
Method:
1. Soak the moong in water overnight
2. Using very little water, grind together coconut, green chillies, ginger, onion, tamarind, and a pinch of salt until it forms a paste
3. To this add the moong, a handful at a time and keep grinding till you get a smooth batter.
4. Grease idli stand. Pour the batter and steam on medium heat for 10-12 minutes or until the idlis get  done. 
5. Serve hot with sambar or chutney of your choice.
Optional : You may add finely chopped spinach/mint/methi leaves to the idli batter before steaming