Mushroom & Mixed Sprouts Bajra Idli
another kooky idli recipe from my kooky collection
There are some foods which are my “go to” dishes simply because they are time saving, labour saving, healthy, delicious and versatile. Using the base as a foundation, I can experiment, add, subtract knowing that the end result will turn out just fine. Idli is one such item.
Once you get the hang of the basics of fermentation, making idlis is a doddle. Soak, grind, leave to ferment and once the batter is fermented, you are good to go. Let your imagination run wild and play around with different types of grains and vegetables.
Today’s recipe is made of pearl millet batter and includes mushrooms and mixed sprouts. The combination may sound unusual because we don’t usually associate mushrooms with recipes from the southern part of India (I say usually, there may be exceptions).
If you are a fan of mushrooms, definitely give this one a go. These idlis are denser compared to the conventional ones but are super healthy, super yummy and super satisfying.
Serve with sambar and/or chutney. I had mine with carrot and coconut chutney.
1/2 Cup bajra grains
1/4 Cup urad dal
1 Tablespoon brown or regular rice
1 Tablespoon fenugreek seeds
200 Grams button mushroom
1/2 Cup mixed sprouts
1 Tablespoon paste of green chillies and ginger
1-2 Tablespoons instant oats
Salt to taste
Ghee to grease idli moulds
- Wash and soak the bajra grains, urad dal, rice and fenugreek seeds for about 8 to 10 hours.
- Grind them into batter of pouring consistency.
- Leave the batter to ferment in a warm place.
- Fermentation can take anything from 6 hours to 36 hours.
- Once the batter is fermented, you are ready to make the idlis.
- Wipe/wash and roughly chop the mushroom.
- Add the mushroom, sprouts, paste of chilli and ginger, instant oats and salt to taste to the idli batter.
- Mix well.
- Grease the idli moulds with a little bit of ghee.
- Pour the batter into the moulds and steam for about 40 to 45 minutes. You know that the idlis are cooked if you insert a toothpick or a knife and it comes out clean.
- Once cooked, remove the moulds from the steamer and let the idlis rest for about 5 minutes.
- Gently run a toothpick or a knife around the edges of the idlis to loosen them.
- Enjoy hot.