May 172012

Before marriage I would always prefer dosas to idlis. When my grandmother used to make idlis I used to show all kinds of faces and she would insist I can’t be this picky and would want me to happily eat it once in a while. With a grumpy face I used to gulp as much as I could and my grandfather who wouldn’t let me have a sad face would immediately come to rescue by giving me all kinds of options like more ghee, more sugar, or more curd just to brighten me up. Little did I know then, that I would marry a person who loves idlis. My brother makes fun of me saying that whether one gets water in my house or not, they’ll surely get idli batter. I always have a vessel (I should say barrel) of idli batter all the time. My husband and my son who inherited this gene of loving idlis would not get bored even if they are served with idlis every day. I am not joking when I say, idli is the breakfast in my in laws place almost everyday. My mother-in-law is the unofficial ambassador of idlis (lots of pun intended!!!). She is very sweet and when I protest to her she explains with a long story about the health benefits and well balanced nutrition that one can find in idli, sambar, and chutney. With so much preaching, I have gotten better in having them once a week but more than that I need to be genetically reengineered to like them on a daily basis. I served these soft fluffy idlis with a quick dosakai dal and coconut-ginger-curry leaves chutney. Having variety of side dishes sure makes me forget that I am indeed making and relishing idlis. It’s that good. Let me know if you try some, will ya?

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I have a detailed post on how to make soft idlis here.

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Recipe for Dosakai Dal (Quick and easy side dish for Idlis/Dosa)


Dosakai (round, yellow cucumber) — 1 (remove skin and dice them in to cubes)

Onion — 1 (Chopped finely)

Tomato(ripe ones) — 2 medium (Chopped finely)

Ginger-garlic paste — 1 Tbsp

Green Chillies — 1 or 2 (depending on your taste)

Moong Dal (Green gram dal) –1/4 cup

Masoor Dal — 1/4 cup

Toor Dal (Red gram dal) — 1/4 cup

Turmeric powder — 1/2 tsp

Chilli powder — 1 tsp (adjust according to your taste)

Coriander powder — 1 tsp

Cumin powder — 1/2 tsp

Garam masala — 1/4 tsp

Salt — to taste

Mustard seeds — 1 tsp

Asafetida — a pinch

Oil — 2 Tbsp

Coriander leaves — few Tbsp for garnish


1. In a pressure pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds, green chillies, onions and fry for a minute. Add ginger-garlic paste and sautee till onions turn translucent. Add tomatoes and the dry powders (turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, chilli powder, garam masala) and fry till tomatoes turn mushy.

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2. Now add dosakai (cucumber), dals, 3-4 cup of water (until the dals are immersed in the water) and close the lid of the pressure cooker. After 1 whistle, simmer and cook for 5 mins. Switch off the flame and let it cool completely. Remove the lid, add 2-3 more cups of water, salt, and asafetida and let it begin boiling. Switch off and garnish with coriander leaves. Enjoy with idlis, dosa or rotis. Enjoy!!!

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Recipe for Coconut-ginger-Curry leaves chutney


Coconut — 1 cup (shredded, I used frozen)

Tamarind — small piece (If you are using tamarind paste, use about 1/4 tsp)

Curry leaves — handful (about 3 sprigs)

Ginger — 1″ piece

Red chillies — 2 to 3 (adjust according to taste)

Salt — to taste


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In a mixer blender, grind all the ingredients together with little water in to smooth paste. Enjoy!!!

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This recipe goes to BM#16, Day2, under “Show your breakfast” theme.To Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#16 click here.


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  11 Responses to “Ideal Breakfast –Idli with quick side dish”

  1. My kind of comfort food .. Idli .. Love them

  2. Wonderful platter, wish to have this super spongy idlis with those tempting side dishes.

  3. Awesome breakfast..can have it anytime of the day!

  4. Idlis with Dal ?? that is a new combo for me.

  5. Dal with dosakaya sounds delicious…my mum makes this kind of dal with other tours vegetables to go with rotis

  6. Complete breakfast

  7. Delicious and fluffy idlis…

  8. the whole platter looks yummy!…I am also more of a dosa girl but I do like soft idlis and a side of dal with idli is yummy always..i like it that way too!

  9. I think some people are there in this world like me .. yes I can have idlis for any meal and every day . your pictures are so tempting and I just finished my breakfas again I am drooling….:)

  10. lovely!1…I hardly make idlis…may b once in two months>>>dont get shocked..we have breads that attract us ..n parathas!!..but I am also a dosa lover..
    .the idlis..rather the whole platter is truly inviting:))

  11. Thanks to readymade batter, I make dosas regularly. But idlis? errr……i don’t like the vessel occupying the whole of the sink, so I don;t make it much :D. But I love them though. You have got a yummy breakfast there!

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