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Barnyard Millet idli | No rice Idli recipe

What does breakfast mean to you? I am sure we have our own choices when it comes to breakfast dishes. For some, it may mean just to have a cup of tea or coffee with toast or a bowl of cornflakes with milk or even just fruits to start the day while for some it may be a typical Indian style breakfast (guess for who? πŸ˜¬πŸ˜†). I realized the importance of breakfast during our trip to Singapore and Thailand few years back.

The hotels we were staying had an amazing in-house restaurant serving “free” buffet breakfast (make my trip deals πŸ˜„) every morning of our stay. The first couple of days, I was super excited looking at the magnificent spread of assorted breads, freshly baked aromatic cinnamon buns and raisin rolls (fav fav ❀️❀️), croissants lathered with butter, tasty mashed potatoes with kidney beans, variety of fresh fruits and juices along with a live counter of the most delicious waffles. These were among the vegetarian options and I remember, I was more excited than my daughter to see the goodies. 😍😬

But that excitement lasted exactly for two days and after that, I started craving for my idli – dosa – chutney – poori – bhaji – upma – poha and that made me realize where my food roots belong too. For me, breakfast meant this and I could never survive on continental style of breakfast for long (unless it was the only option to stay alive of course πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚). We were lucky that both Singapore and Thailand had many Indian options available and we would have a second “proper breakfast” there daily. Some fun memories those are! πŸ˜„

Coming to today’s post, this is what my kind of breakfast looks like. Idlis made with Barnyard millet and Urad dal with coriander leaves chutney. Filling, healthy and so so delicious. Once we eat it, we get fueled up for the day and there are no snack pangs in between which is very necessary not only for weight loss but also to avoid junk food binge.

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I learned this combination from my dearest Vinaya Prabhu Akka who is an inspiration for me. Her site is a treasure trove of amazing vegetarian recipes and I am so happy to have tried this idli and chutney from her recipe collection. She is not only very talented but also encourages all of us so well that we are indebted to her for her love and support. ❀️❀️

The food group that we belong to, whose admin Vinayakka is, turns 1 and we are dedicating a day to her recipes. So this is my contribution, a tribute to her for being such a wonderful person and managing the group so well. We are one big family now and it’s all due to her. Hope you like my post, Akka. ❀️

These idlis come out so soft that you cannot say it does not have rice at all. My kids loved them so much that on their request, I made them on 2 consecutive days last week. Such is the flavour combo of this idli- chutney.

Do try them and you will surely love it. Happy and healthy cooking! ❀️

Thank you so much Vinaya Prabhu Akka for the recipe. πŸ™

RECIPE:

Adapted from: Vinaya’s Culinary Delights

Ingredients: { Makes about 26 idlis }

1 Cup Urad dal (I used split ones)

1 1/2 Cups Barnyard Millet

Salt to taste

{ Barnyard Millet is called Varai in Konkani, Kuthiraivali in Tamil, Sanwa in Hindi and Kavadupullu in Malayalam }

Step by step recipe:

1. Soak Urad dal and Barnyard millet separately after washing them well for about 3 hours.

2. Now drain water from the Urad dal completely and grind with about 1 cup water to a smooth paste. Add drained Barnyard millet to it.

3. Grind to a slightly coarse paste. Add to a bowl along with salt. Keep for fermentation at room temperature for about 8 hours or overnight.

4. While making idlis, pour into greased idli moulds. Please note that the batter does not rise much like regular idli batter but idlis do come out soft. So don’t worry if the batter has not risen after fermentation.

5. Steam in idli steamer for 15 to 20 mins or till done. A knife inserted in the center of the idli should come out clear and free from wet batter.

6. Allow it to cool slightly and then remove from the moulds using a knife or back of a spoon. Serve with a chutney of your choice.

Notes:

* I served them with Roasted gram dal and coriander leaves chutney. Tastes amazing with this chutney.

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* Do not grind the Barnyard millet smoothly. Just keep it slightly coarse to get perfect texture of the idlis.

* The fermented batter does not rise much. But don’t worry about it. The idlis will still be soft.

* The original recipe of idlis were made in grinder while I made in mixer. But still the ratio of Urad to Barnyard millet gave me very soft texture of idlis.

* I used Manna brand of Barnyard millet as it is readily available here in Qatar. For readers living here, I buy them from Lulu hypermarket or Grand hypermarket in Wakra.

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Here is my Compilation of all my no rice dosa recipes.

Little millet dosa | No rice dosa

Just finished sending off my little girl to school (she has classes every alternate week) and before my son wakes up in a while, I thought of finishing off this blog. As soon as he wakes up, all he would want is to cuddle me and sit like that for an hour (Wish I could share a picture of that scene 😍) until he gets hungry, asking me to go make “bobbo” (dosa) for him. πŸ˜„ This tiny man of mine is such a loving one that I call him my “lover boy”. 😍 Seriously, the way he hugs me, holds me and kisses me, I feel so so loved. I realize how these moments matter in our lives and how kids can brighten our day by their sweet gestures. ❀️

Talking about gestures, as you can see from the picture of the dosa, my daughter is holding the plate. It was supposed to be my usual (boring 😁) kind of click until this girl saw her Amma clicking in the regular way and being the typical Aquarian (An unique sign ❀️) that she is, said, ” Amma, let me hold this and see, how many likes you will get for your blog!” 🀣🀣

She is a huge fan of vlogs and loves making videos herself. Looking at her interest at making videos, I wonder from where she has got this. I can’t imagine facing camera and dread taking even my pictures, let alone videos. πŸ˜‚ But the confidence in which she presents herself, talking with so much enthusiasm, makes me feel proud of her. Atleast she is not camera shy like me and loves herself. Hope she can be a YouTuber like she wishes to be in future. ❀️

So here’s the little millet dosa presented by my soon to be 6 year old daughter. You can never say it is made of millets and tastes just really delicious. A great way to add the healthy millet in your diet. Hope you all try this. Happy and healthy cooking! ❀️

RECIPE:

Ingredients: { About 10 to 12 dosas }

1 1/2 Cups Little millet (Kutki/ Saamai)

1/2 Cup Urad dal (I use split ones)

1 tsp Fenugreek seeds (Methi)

Salt to taste

Ghee or oil to cook the dosas

Step by step recipe:

1. Soak Urad dal with Methi in a large bowl for about 4 hours. Also soak little millet in another bowl for 4 hours.

2. Now drain water from both completely. Grind Urad dal- Methi with about 3/4 Cup water to a smooth paste. Pour in a large vessel. Now add the soaked millet with about 1/4 Cup water in the mixer.

3. Grind the millet to a smooth paste too. Add this to the Urad dal dal paste. Add salt and mix well with hands.

4. Keep covered at room temperature for about 8 hours. Might take longer during winters. Always love to look at the well fermented batter in the morning. 😍

5. Now heat a dosa tawa and pour a ladle of dosa batter. Spread using behind the ladle like regular dosas. Add ghee or oil and cook till the dosas turn crisp.

6. Remove and serve with a chutney of your choice.

Notes:

* As can be seen from the picture, I have used Manna brand of Little millet which is readily available here, in Qatar. For readers’ from Qatar who ask me the source, I got them from Lulu hypermarket, Barwa City. Also available in Grand hypermarket, Wakra and all Lulu outlets.

* This dosa comes out crispy when cooked one side till the underside turns brown.

* Making this dosa with ghee adds such a wonderful flavour to this dosa.

* You can check all my Millet recipes in this Millet recipes Collection.

* You can also check my No rice Dosa recipes collection.

Radish Chutney

In my last post of Ragi Jaggery ladoos, I had mentioned about our relocating back to India but I had never expected my readers to comment and message me with their best wishes. It really made me so happy that people actually take time to read the full writeup and also write such heartfelt words for me. ❀️ I always consider my readers to be a part of my extended family and the love showered on me in the past couple of days proves that my readers feel the same, which means the world to me. Thank you dear readers. Love and blessings is what I need the most now. β€οΈπŸ™

I had actually decided to stop blogging for a while as I am not in the right frame of mind to write. Most of the families we know will be separated, even us, as only me and kids will shift back as of now. But we knew this since a year, were mentally prepared for it and specially as I have a great support system in my parents, we are not much worried. But there are many families who don’t have that and hearing their situations make me feel very sad too. Praying that God blesses all of them and they can survive this change well. πŸ™

Sorry that this is turning out to be such a emotional write-up which is why I did not want to blog but I guess you all will understand, like always. ❀️

Coming to this chutney, it is my way to sneak radish in my kids’ diet as they love dosas with chutneys. So making them eat vegetable in this form too. I learned this chutney long back from a cookbook but have changed it to suit our tastebuds. Comes out very tasty and you can never say it has radish in the chutney.

Hope you all try and love this chutney. Happy and healthy cooking! ❀️

RECIPE:

Ingredients:

1 Cup peeled and grated Radish

1/4 Cup Coconut

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil (+ 1 tsp)

4 Red chillies

1 tsp Urad dal

1 tsp Cumin seeds

1/4 tsp Hing or Asafoetida powder

Salt to taste

Step by step recipe:

1. Heat 1 Tbsp Oil in a pan. Add grated Radish and saute on medium flame till the raw smell of radish goes away and the radish turns dry. Takes about 5 mins. Now remove from flame and allow it to cool.

2. Now add the radish to a mixer along with coconut. In that pan, heat 1 tsp Oil and add Hing, 1 tsp Urad dal and 1 tsp Cumin seeds. Also add red chillies. Fry till Urad turns brown. Allow it to cool.

3. Now add the fried chilies, Urad dal, cumin seeds to the radish- coconut. Also add salt and about 1/4 Cup Water or as needed. Grind to a smooth paste. This is a thick chutney. Remove to a serving bowl.

Notes:

* Do fry the radish till the rawness goes away. Else the chutney will have the raw taste.

* This chutney is not seasoned with mustard seeds but you can season if needed.

* Can be had with rice meals or dosa/idli.

* Here is my Chutney/dips recipe collection that I make always.

Bajra Moong dal dosa | No rice dosa

As I had mentioned in my last post of Aloo Corn Bharta, my friend Ashwini Kulkarni sends me different healthy recipes that she makes and this dosa was one among them. These don’t contain rice but comes out so crispy that the texture is just like restaurant dosas. And it contains the healthy bajra or pearl millet too with protein rich lentils. So in all, a healthy and tasty breakfast option.

When I posted the Bharta, Ashwini commented on the post which touched me a lot. Would like to share the comment with all of you. She said, ” Thank u so much Mitha. Yes even u r blessing for me. Have made so many of ur recipe which my family eats happily. My mom always says that a lady who feeds everyone happily is a ANNPURNA. U DO it through ur blog and our group. Am sure ur family is blessed to have it. Best wishes and love always.” ❀️

It took me back to my teenage days when I used to be condemned by some of my relatives for not knowing how to cook, not doing household chores while questioning my mother over my upbringing (the saddest part as Amma has cried many times due to it). I have also been condemned for not being beautiful (by their standards) and that I will have a difficult life post marriage. That had let me to not believing in myself and always thought myself as not good looking or even good for nothing (some sad but true memories of my childhood which I can never forget).

And now, when Ashwini compared me to Goddess Annapurna, I felt I could never get a greater compliment. β€οΈπŸ™ I can finally tell that looks don’t matter at all and girls who don’t know how to cook before marriage need not be the same later too. In fact cooking is just a basic skill which can be learnt at any age by anyone. There is no rush for it. And your character is what defines you in life, not your looks.

Just shared my deepest feelings with you all. I am sure all of you must have experienced this in some way or the other and can relate with me. Thanks for reading. Happy and healthy cooking! ❀️

RECIPE:

Ingredients: { Makes about 10 dosas }

1/2 Cup whole Bajra (pearl millet)

1/2 Cup Moong dal

1/2 Cup Urad dal

Salt to taste

Ghee or oil to cook the dosa

Step by step recipe:

1. Soak Bajra, moong dal and Urad dal together for about 4 to 5 hours. Drain water and add to the mixer.

2. Add about 1 and 1/2 Cups water along with salt and grind to a smooth paste. Pour into a large vessel preferably steel.

3. Keep for fermentation at room temperature for 8 to 10 hours.

4. For making dosas, heat a dosa pan and pour a ladle full of dosa batter. Spread like you spread regular dosas. Add ghee or oil and cook till the underside turns brown.

5. Remove and serve with a chutney of your choice.

Notes:

* I serve this dosa with coriander leaves chutney. Just grind coconut with coriander leaves, curry leaves, ginger, salt and water to a smooth paste. Season mustard seeds and curry leaves in oil and pour over the ground chutney. Mix well.

You can also check my “No Rice” dosa recipes collection.

Collection of “no rice” dosa recipes

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My regular readers know how much my kids love dosas. So much that anyday you come to my home, you will find dosa batter ready, either fermenting or in the fridge (and if you don’t find it, don’t worry, I can magically make some instant dosas for you too 😍). It is also very handy for those sudden hunger demands by the kids, especially my son who feels very hungry after his evening nap and says, “Amma, bobbo jayi.” (I want dosa in baby Konkani 🀩)

We have a little game after he wakes up where he being held in my arms, shows me the way to the kitchen and points to what he wants to eat. I purposely do a little wiggly kind of walk (the never growing child in me πŸ˜…) to make him laugh and that brightens him up. Then it finally ends in him pointing to dosa batter bowl. So I always have any one variety of dosa batter ready for him (my little “bobbo” lover boy ❀️).

My readers also love the dosa recipes that I post and always request for more “no rice” dosa recipes. So I decided to finally compile all my dosas which don’t contain rice and I was surprised to find that I had so many of them. This is one compilation I enjoyed making as it was like playing treasure hunt with my blog. πŸ˜‚ Hunting dosa recipes without rice which is indeed no less a treasure for my readers requesting for it (sorry for the poor joke 😬).

Anyhow, hope this is useful to all of you. Happy and healthy cooking! Enjoy dosa making! (That rhymed!) πŸ˜„

Instant “no rice” Dosas/ Bhakris:

1. Rava Bhakri/ Instant Semolina dosas: These are one of the oldest variety of Konkani breakfasts and my family favorite too. If I forget to soak for regular dosas, Rava Bhakri it is for breakfast the next day. Also makes for a quick snack option. Tastes oh so heavenly with butter. ❀️

Recipe here: Rava Bhakri/ Instant Semolina dosas

2. Instant Cucumber dosas: This is a variation to rava bhakri with the addition of grated cucumbers which makes it even aromatic and healthy along with being super delicious. When I have to finish off those leftover cucumbers, I make these dosas.

Recipe here: Instant Cucumber dosas

3. Eggless Tomato Omelette: Being from a vegetarian family, the only Omelette we knew as a kid was this eggless Tomato Omelette which Amma made with loads of love. She always made sure I got the omelette with the maximum number of tomato pieces in it. 😍

Recipe here: Eggless Tomato Omelette

4. Instant Oats Vegetable Bhakri: This is our favorite evening snack and is super filling too. Best way to get oats and veggies in our diet. Add loads of green chillies and coriander leaves. Tastes super yummy with butter and simple coconut chutney. ❀️

Recipe here: Instant Oats Vegetable Bhakri

5. Instant Oats Poha dosas: A soft yet delicious dosa which can be made instantly yet tastes like regular dosas. Awesome combination with sambar making it a complete meal in itself.

Recipe here: Instant Oats Poha dosas

6. Instant Jowar Vegetable Bhakri: These Bhakris contain a mix of radish, carrots, cucumbers along with Jowar flour but still comes out so tasty. A very healthy and filling evening snack that I make always. You can make them as thalipeet too.

Recipe here: Instant Jowar Vegetable Bhakri

Dosas which don’t need fermentation:

1. Moong sprouts and Oats dosas: My kids don’t eat sprouts as it is, so this is my way to include sprouts in their diet in their favorite way, the dosa way! πŸ˜„ The way our brain works overtime in motherhood. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Turns out so delicious too! No fermentation required makes it very easy too.

Recipe here: Moong sprouts and Oats dosas

2. Masoor dal dosas: One of the most tried and loved recipe by my readers. Try masala dosa with this and it tastes amazing. ❀️

Recipe here: Masoor dal dosas

“No rice” Dosas with millet flours:

1. Ragi Set Dosas: A dosa that I make atleast weekly once to include the wonder millet, Ragi in our diet. Turns out so soft and delicious. My daughter calls it “chocolate” dosas since she was a baby and even now at almost 6 years. 😍

Recipe here: Ragi Set Dosas

2. Urad – Jowar flour dosas: I feel this is the best way to include Jowar flour in our diet. Yet another weekly once breakfast in my house as kids love it. Kids food preferences rule in my house. πŸ˜€

Recipe here: Urad – Jowar flour dosas

“No rice” dosas with Whole Millets

1. Bajra Moong dal dosa: This is the crispiest dosa that I have ever made and you can never say it does not have rice in it. Also combines the goodness of Bajra with moong dal.

Recipe here: Bajra Moong dal dosa

2. Little Millet dosa: A very healthy yet tasty dosa with Little millet. Great idea to include this variety of millet in your diet.

Recipe here: Little Millet dosa

Other “no rice” dosa recipes:

1. Oats mixed dal dosas: A dosa for which I have got many compliments from readers for making them so evenly and also for the gorgeous colour. One of my readers have even commented that it looks machine made and there’s magic in my hands that it has been crafted to perfection. πŸ˜€ So these dosas are indeed very special for me. ❀️

Recipe here: Oats mixed dal dosas

2. Broken wheat Mixed dal dosas: These are one of my recent additions on the blog but tried and loved by so many of my readers. They loved how healthy yet tasty it turns out without missing rice in the dosa at all.

Recipe: Broken wheat Mixed dal dosas

3. Urad whole moong dosas: These are my favorite because I can make both idlis and dosas with this batter. Also a great way to include whole moong in my kids’ diet as they don’t eat moong as it is.

Recipe here: Urad whole moong dosas

4. Urad wheat flour dosas: This was my last recipe that I posted on the blog. Learnt it from my friend Vinanti and have turned out to be my kids’ favorite. They eat more dosas (touchwood!) when I make them. I absolutely love the gorgeous colour that it turns out. ❀️

Recipe here: Urad wheat flour dosas

You can check all my dosa recipes here: DOSA CORNER

You can check all my idli recipes here: IDLI STAND

I have made two other recipe collections. You can check them out.

Healthy Cakes and Bakes:

Healthy sweets that can be made under 15 mins:

Urad – Wheat flour dosa | “No rice” dosa

Though I had been trying different “no rice” dosas due to reader requests, it eventually has led to my kids loving it over rice based ones and now Ragi set dosas and Jowar flour dosas have become their favorite. It is easier for me too as I need to grind only urad dal and just mix in the flours. (Also saves my temper as running the mixy is like curfew time in my house as my daughter hates the sound. So she keeps asking every 30 seconds if it’s done. πŸ™„πŸ˜„ #justmotherhoodthings πŸ˜‚)

As I have already mentioned before, if anything keeps me sane sometimes, it’s music. Today when I finished my work and opened youtube to listen to cover songs (I am loving covers more than the originals now ❀️), I found a singer, Simran Sehgal. Loved her sweet voice and when I checked her videos, most of them were my favorite songs which I had forgotten about. Especially old ones like Hum Bewafa and Aap ki nazron ne.. I went mad at her song choices and beautiful singing (music crazy meπŸ˜‚). Here’s sharing the playlist for music lovers like me – Simran Sehgal songs. Hope you enjoy it. 😍

Finally here’s the dosa recipe which I learnt from my friend Vinanti Gouri through a common food group that we are a part of. They come out so delicious that we all love it very much and I make it atleast weekly once. Glad to share this recipe with all of you. Happy and healthy cooking! ❀️

RECIPE:

Ingredients: { Makes about 12 dosas }

1 Cup Urad dal (I use split ones)

1 Cup Wheat flour or Atta

Salt to taste

Oil or ghee to cook the dosa

Step by step recipe:

1. Wash well and soak the Urad dal for about 4 hours. Drain the water completely. Add 1 Cup water or as required and grind with salt to a fine paste. Pour into a steel vessel.

2. In another vessel take wheat flour. Add water while whisking it to remove lumps bringing it to slightly thick, smooth batter. (It takes me 1 1/4 Cup water for 1 Cup wheat flour)

3. Keep the batters to ferment separately at room temperature overnight or for 8 hours. Might take longer in cold weathers. After fermentation, the wheat flour batter leaves water on the surface. Discard that water.

4. Now mix the wheat flour batter to the Urad dal batter.

5. Now heat a dosa pan and add a ladle of dosa batter onto the pan. Spread as thin as you can. Add ghee and allow it to cook. The below dosa is crispy. If you like it soft, remove when it browns only slightly.

6. Repeat the same with the rest of the batter. Refrigerate the remaining batter and use later.

Notes:

* Remember to ferment the batters separately.

* Remember to discard the water that leaves at the top after fermentation. Else the dosa batter might turn runny.

* These dosas can be made soft or crisp. For soft dosas, don’t allow the underneath to brown a lot while for crisp dosas, cook till it browns completely. Also serve hot as keeping at room temperature makes the dosas soft.

* I serve them with Raw Onion chutney. Just grind coconut with green chillies, ginger, onion, tamarind and salt with little water to a smooth paste. You can season if desired. I don’t as my daughter does not like mustard seeds.

* Other no rice dosas: Ragi set dosas and Jowar flour dosas , Broken wheat mixed dal dosa , Masoor dal dosa

Urad – Rava Idli | No rice idlis

When I was thinking about more varieties of idlis after Broken Wheat Idlis, I was reminded of these Rava idlis using Urad dal which is made at my husband’s place on Pooja days as it does not contain rice (rice is avoided for breakfast during Pooja or fasting days). I realized how I had forgotten to blog about these basic and most made idlis in Konkani households.

So as I am sharing this recipe with all of you, my son is sleeping in my arms completing his evening sleep. This boy who is only 2 years old brings so much joy in my life that I feel so blessed. πŸ™ During evenings, when the husband is at work and my daughter goes out to play, he and me have some “us” time. We have our discussions with him sitting on my lap, about birds and kids playing outside. (He has got my bird love genes 😍). He looks at me with his gleaming bright eyes, smiling and pulls my cheeks saying “Amma, mogu mogu” (meaning love you, love you 😍😍) and showers me with kisses. πŸ˜„

I had never imagined a child can be so expressive in love and so attached. My daughter was never this way but this boy is very different. I think it’s God’s blessings so that I don’t feel lonely being at home most of the time. He does not leave me alone at all and even sits with me when I cook. Loves hugging me and I sometimes feel I need that hug more than him. 😍 Thus is my love story with my son. ❀️

Here’s sharing his favorite idlis or Iddi like he calls it. Hope our love remains always and fills my heart like this. ❀️ Some motherhood touch to this blog today with teary eyes (can’t stop being emotional 😬). Happy and healthy cooking!

RECIPE:

Ingredients: { Makes about 22 idlis }

2 Cups Rava / Semolina / Sooji

1 Cup Urad dal (I use split ones)

Salt to taste

Oil to grease the idli plates

Step by step recipe:

1. Wash well and soak the Urad dal in enough water for about 4 hours. Drain and using about 1 Cup water, grind to a smooth paste. I grind in my mixie, not grinder.

2. Dry roast the semolina till it turns hot. No need to brown it. Just roast till it turns hot and aromatic. Keep aside to cool.

3. Add this to the Urad dal batter and mix well with hands to ensure a lump free batter. Also add about 1 and half cups water along with salt to bring it to idli batter consistency (thick yet free falling).

4. Ferment for about 8 hours or overnight by keeping the batter at room temperature. Might take longer in cold weathers. When the batter ferments, it might become thick as semolina absorbs a lot of water. Add about 1 or 2 spoons of water to make it little loose if it’s very thick.

5. Steam for 20 to 25 mins or till a knife inserted in the center of the idlis come out clear.

6. Remove and serve with a chutney of your choice.

Notes:

* These idlis take slightly longer to steam than regular idlis. So steam really well. Else it will be lumpy inside.

* I use mixie to grind. Hence used 1:2 ratio of Urad dal to rava. If using grinder, use 2 and 1/2 Cups Rava for 1 Cup Urad dal.

* No need to brown the rava while roasting. Just fry till it turns aromatic. Cool well and then mix.

* It took me total 2 and 1/2 Cups water while making the batter and 2 spoons of water the next day to get perfect idlis. In these idlis, water is very important as semolina absorbs a lot of water. Make sure the batter is loose and not very thick, else you will get hard idlis.

* I served these idlis with Hing Chutney. Just grind 1 Cup Coconut with a pinch of Hing powder, 4 long red chillies, 1 tsp Tamarind paste, salt and water to a smooth paste. You can season the chutney using mustard seeds and curry leaves if needed.

Broken wheat – Urad idlis | “No rice” idlis

I have been getting many requests for “No rice” idlis and dosas from my readers who want to avoid rice in their diet being diabetic. As for me, I believe strongly that if you eat whatever your grandparents used to eat, no matter which culture you belong to, you will definitely be eating healthy. But along with that, we need to keep in mind about how active they were with no gadgets to help them. So we need an active lifestyle as well for an overall healthy living (Okay, enough of “gyan” for today πŸ˜…).

I happened to try these idlis after making Broken wheat – Mixed dal dosas which is our favorite. They came out so well that I could not wait to share with all of you. It comes out so soft and delicious that you won’t miss rice at all in these idlis. It has an unique flavour due to broken wheat but still very tasty.

Hope you all try and love these idlis too. Happy and healthy cooking! ❀️

It was my birthday on December 8th and I want to share a beautiful collage made by my Amma capturing moments from my childhood. I was born at midnight between 7th and 8th December and that’s why my birthday has always been celebrated by Amma on both these days. Her love for me is my greatest strength and makes me feel that I am precious. Love you a lot Amma ❀️. Thank you for always being there for me. πŸ™

After all that nostalgia and some birthday memories πŸ˜…, here is the recipe for all of you..

RECIPE:

Ingredients: {Makes about 26 idlis}

2 Cups Broken wheat (Daliya or Gonva khan)

1/2 Cup Urad dal (I use split ones)

1/2 tsp Methi or Fenugreek seeds

Salt to taste

Step by step recipe:

1. Wash well and soak Urad dal along with Methi for about 4 hours. Wash well and soak broken wheat for about 30 mins. Now drain water from both.

2. Grind Urad dal- Methi mixture with about a Cup of water to a smooth paste. Pour into a large steel vessel.

3. Grind broken wheat with about 1/2 Cup water just slightly and not completely so that it just crushes down yet have that semolina or rava kind of consistency. Mix it with the Urad dal batter.

4. Cover and keep it at room temperature for about 8 hours or overnight for the batter to ferment. Might take longer in cold weathers.

Love the colour of this fermented batter 😍

5. Add to idli molds and steam for about 20 mins or till a knife inserted in the center of the idli comes out clean.

6. Allow to cool completely and then remove from the idli molds. Serve with a chutney of your choice.

Notes:

* Since these idlis don’t contain rice, they are very soft. You need to wait for it to cool completely to remove from the idli molds or else it might break off.

* I use Patanjali brand of Broken wheat or Daliya.

* Don’t make the batter very watery. It needs to be slightly thick just like regular idli batter to get perfect idlis.

* Don’t grind the broken wheat completely. Just pulse to get it to semolina or rava consistency.

* I make Peanut Chutney with these idlis. To make this chutney, fry about 2 Tbsp de-skinned peanuts along with 3 to 4 red chillies in little oil. Cool and grind along with 3/4 Cup Coconut, a pinch of Hing and 1 tsp Tamarind paste, salt and water to a smooth paste. I don’t add seasoning to my chutney as my daughter does not like mustard seeds. You can season with mustard seeds and curry leaves.

* You can also try this Urad dal – Moong dal Idli which is also without rice. You can make dosas too with this batter.

* These “no rice” Broken wheat – Mixed dal dosas also come out really delicious.

Urad – Jowar dosa | No rice dosa

I have already posted some of the “no rice” dosas that I make and Broken wheat – mixed dal dosa has been a favorite among my readers. Many have tried and sent me pictures. Makes me so happy when readers try and love my healthy recipes. ❀️

I have also been getting messages to post more of such dosa recipes which don’t contain rice since they have a diabetic in the family and would like to avoid rice in their diet. So here is a crispy dosa with Urad dal and Jowar flour. I brought Jowar flour only recently but we all loved it in these dosas. The kids hardly knew the difference and enjoyed it like regular dosas (much to my surprise and happiness too ❀️).

Ragi Urad idli and dosas are a commonly made breakfast in my house after reading about the health benefits of millets many years back. My kids having eaten it as their first food (yes, I gave them dosas and idlis instead of ragi porridge) love it very much. So I would like to tell all of you (specially to new parents) to include millets in your kids’ diet as early as possible so that they don’t reject later. They are very beneficial to thier growing bodies, also keeps us full for long time which avoids mid meal hunger pangs.

Health benefits of Millets: Gluten free, Rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, Rich in Iron and folic acid.

Hope you all try this healthy and delicious dosa too. Happy and healthy cooking!

RECIPE:

Ingredients: { makes about 14 dosas }

2 Cups Jowar flour / Sorghum flour

1 Cup Urad dal ( I use split ones )

1 tsp Methi / Fenugreek seeds

Salt to taste

Step by step recipe:

1. Wash well and soak Urad dal along with Methi in enough water for atleast 4 hours. Drain water from it and add to a mixer. Also add about 3/4 Cup water.

2. Grind to a smooth paste. Pour in a large bowl.

3. Take Jowar flour into another bowl. Add water to make a smooth, lump free slightly thick batter. It took me 2 Cups water for 2 Cups Jowar flour.

4. Mix both batters well also adding salt.

5. Keep it covered at room temperature for atleast 8 hours. Might take upto 12 hours for batter to ferment during winters.

Love it when well fermented batter welcomes me in the morning 😍

6. Heat a dosa pan and add a ladle of dosa in the pan. Spread into a thin dosa using the back of the ladle. Cover and cook. Add ghee or oil when the dosa cooks. Cook till the dosa is batter free on the surface and the underside turns brown.

7. Remove and serve with a chutney of your choice.

Notes:

* I serve these dosas with Mint Coriander chutney. Just grind coconut with ginger, green chillies, mint leaves, coriander leaves, curry leaves, tamarind and salt to a smooth paste. You can season with mustard seeds and curry leaves in oil over it. I don’t season as my daughter does not like it.

* Be careful while adding water to Jowar flour. Add 1 Cup water first and mix well. Then add 1/2 Cup at a time to bring it to thick consistency. Took me about 2 Cups water for 2 Cups Jowar flour.

* For making dosas crisp, add ghee or oil and cook till the dosas turn really brown in the underside.

* Leftover batter can be refrigerated and used the next day.

* Be mindful of the climate and grind early during winters as it will take time to ferment during cold weathers.

* Our favorite dosas without rice: Broken wheat – mixed dal dosa and Masoor dal dosa.

* Our favorite idlis without rice: Urad Moong dal Idli and Ragi Urad idli. (you can make dosas too with both these batters)

Mushti Polo | Traditional Konkani style soft dosa

My 25th dosa on my Dosa Corner page!! And what’s better than this dosa, our very own Mushti Polo which I have grown up eating almost every week as a kid. This super soft dosa with raw mango chutney is a combination that brings back all the nostalgia of childhood (and how carefree and fun that was! 😍)

Though I never realized the value of how much my grandmother and mother tried to make us eat healthy then, I understand it very well now after becoming a mother. Guess that’s what is called “Life is a full circle!” (also, I remember my mother’s dialogue whenever she got angry ” You will know this after you become a mother in future 🀣🀣).

Yes, I truly understand now. πŸ˜‚ All these traditional recipes are all that we need in our life to eat healthy. Dosas especially being fermented or probiotic food and very good for our body. Pair it with a chutney or sambar and it is a complete meal in itself.

Hope you all try this dosa. All amchis know this dosa. It is actually called Mushti dosa meaning all ingredients are added in fist measurement using hands (Mushti is fist in Konkani). I thank my Amma for sharing her recipe with me. ❀️ Happy and healthy cooking!

RECIPE:

Ingredients: { Makes about 8 dosas }

1 Cup Raw white rice ( I use any medium grain rice available here )

3 Tbsp Urad dal ( I use split ones )

1 Tbsp Methi / Fenugreek seeds

1/2 Cup thick or thin Poha / Beaten rice

1/2 Cup fresh or desiccated Coconut

Salt to taste

Ghee or oil to cook the dosa

Step by step recipe:

1. Take rice, Urad dal and Methi in a large bowl.

2. Wash well and soak in enough water for atleast 4 hours. Now drain the water and add to a mixer. Also add poha and coconut.

Note: I don’t wash poha as it’s really clean here. You can wash it in running water and then add if it has grains in it.

3. Add about 1 Cup of water along with salt and grind to a smooth paste. Pour into a large bowl.

4. Keep it in a warm place at room temperature for about 8 to 10 hours. Since it is winter season, you may need to ferment even upto 12 to 14 hours for the batter to ferment well.

5. Now heat a dosa pan and add a ladle of batter in the center of the pan. Do not spread this dosa. Cover and cook on medium flame adding oil or ghee till the surface cooks.

6. Remove and serve hot with a chutney of your choice.

Notes:

* I make Ambuli Chutney or Raw Mango chutney with this. Since we don’t get raw mangoes readily here, I use the ones leftover from pickle jars.

* Just grind three to four small mangoes from pickle jars (or about 1/4 Cup of fresh raw mango) with 1/2 Cup Coconut, 3 to 4 red chillies, Hing and salt with water to a smooth paste. This is a thick chutney.

* You can substitute Hing with 3 to 4 garlic cloves instead. I use Hing during fasting or Pooja days and garlic on other days.

* You can also use green chillies instead of red chillies.

* This dosa is a thick one and to be roasted only on one side on medium flame.

* I get many queries about the kind of rice I use. I just use raw white rice of any brand which is available here. Not basmati nor any idli/ dosa rice. Just medium grain white rice which we get from nearby supermarket.

* You can check all my 25 dosas on my Dosa Corner page.