Ask Amma

Whole Idlis: smooth transition to whole & diverse grains

In Recipes on 17 February 2011 at 3:55 pm

We grew up on white bread, white rice, white idlis, white dosas, etc. We would like to switch to whole grains, especially now that our baby has started eating solid foods as well. But it is going slower than we had hoped. Any suggestions?

– parents of a 9-month old in Hyderabad
Soak 1 cup brown rice and 1.5 cups whole urad or urad dal with peel intact.  Grind and allow to rise overnight.  Steam in idli plates as usual.   Shown with avakayi and idli poDi.

Soak 1 cup brown rice and 1.5 cups whole urad or urad dal with peel intact. Grind and allow to rise overnight. Add 1/2 tsp salt to taste. Steam in idli plates as usual. Shown with avakayi and idli poDi.

Why not go for whole grain idlis? I have found these get past some pretty picky palates, including folks who eat white basmati rice daily – they too enjoy these idlis made of brown rice and unpeeled urad dal. Let me add that these are great for beginning eaters. Even before she had teeth, my daughter resisted anything that looked like “mashed food” or <gasp> “baby food.” But since in this dish, the ingredients have already been mashed up, she could enjoy the same food as the rest of us.

Next on Amma’s agenda is to diversify the idlis and dosas with even healthier grains. Lovely recipes are there at ReStore (organic produce bazaar in Chennai).

New!  Kodo Millet Idlis!

Millets are not only healthy, they are hep and happening! Have you seen Jab We Millet?

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