Monday, April 27, 2009

Amma's Idly/Dosa Recipe

Today I made idly and masala dosa after a long time, in fact maybe 7 months, jut after my mother in law left back to India after Jasmine was born. She made it all the time being from South India. The last time I made it, it didn't ferment well and was a disaster and since then I was too chicken to try again!, but since the weather has been in the 80's I thought why not.

Ingredients: 4 cups Idly Rice, 1 1/4 cup whole urad dahl, 2 tablespoon fenugreek seeds, a little salt.

1. Soak the rice and Urad Dahl in separate containers and soak for 8-12 hrs, I did this overnight on Saturday night (add fenugreek to urad dahl and salt)
2. the next morning grind the rice for 35 min, then the urad dahl for 45-50 min, make sure it doesn't stick to the sides and gets into a nice soft paste,
3. Mix both together with a little water if too thick.
4. Leave outside for 12 hours to ferment- I put it on the deck in 80 plus degree's.

Then refrigerate until needed, it will last up to a week.

We ate it today with potato curry and tomato chutney. Coconut chutney is awesome and sambhar. This dish is a traditonal South Indian breakfast food.

Tastes amazing but to cook the traditional way is a lot of work, hats off to Indian ladies around the world.

The motto of today's story is not to give up, try and try again, this time it worked. I intent to keep trying to pitch ideas for articles in my attempt to become a freelance writer, God willing it will all work out.



  1. This looks so tasty! I love Indian food, it just bursts with fresh and bold flavors!

    Thanks for finding my blog today! I love mustard in my potatoes also!

  2. Yum,yum-masala dosa and idly are my fave breakfast items. Will make it as soon as it get's warmer.
    Hat's off to you too Rebecca!!

  3. Hi Rebecca
    We all love Idlly and usually have it at the Indian Restaurant's a healthy food. Jean

  4. Yummy!! I love Indian food. Looks good.

    I'm sure you'll find many inspirations to write about. As a writer myself, I know that feeling. We're in the same boat. But keep at it and something good will happen.

  5. Thanks so much Jenn it means a lot feel free to give me any advice and tips (


  6. They look like a soft tortilla. Is it a fermented pancake?

    "Chow and Chatter" ? Not more Rebecca?

  7. its still me !! Rebecca yep a fermented pancake, lol

  8. Great job! The idly and masala dosa look excellent!

  9. Wow! that is some work to cook this dish.

    I love Indian food, and I even took some Indian food classes with a lady here in my area. But never heard of this dish before. Thanks for the recipe.

  10. i know Indian food is hard, and I am a Brit so doubly hard he he but ok once in a while

  11. I made some dosa this week too, even though it takes time, there's something really satisfying about making things like this from scratch. Good luck with the writing :)

  12. wow Bernie thats cool yeah its worth it when you eat it oh and thanks appreciate the wishes



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