Breakfast/Lunch or Dinner- Idly and Sambar

Pani Vizhum Malarvanam...Pudu Vellai Mazhai. Yeah its song time and especially ,it has started snowing in Chicago :( Very nice place yet bad weather. After waiting for a long time, Yesterday i went and got Idly Rice.(Apada...) Yeah,its a relief to make dinner/breakfast or lunch short.Hehehe..Very bad huh? Really, very easy to grind and keep in idly cooker...Ta-da.Idly is ready.

Idly Rice: 4 cups
Urad Dal : 1 cup
with little bit of Methi seeds

Soaked in water for 5 hours and grind it one by one and mix it together with salt.
Pre-heat the oven 400 degrees and switch i off after 3 minutes. Place the idly mavuor Batter inside the oven and forget it.Dont forget to switch off the oven !

Next day morning,once the batter comes up a little bit , just stir it once. In a Idly thatu or plate ,just put a drop of thengai ennai and spread it whole and put the batter in it.Within 10 mts ,Idly is ready..

So, What idlies goes with? Sambar or Chutney or Milagai Podi or just curd. Here is the simple recipe of Kutti Vengayam Sambar( Pearl onion/Small Onion Sambar).

Kutti Vengaya Sambar:


Tamarind: Size of Lemon
Kutti Vengayam/Pearl Onion - 1/4 cup - 1/2 cup
Sambar powder - 1spn
Channa Dal/Kalla parupu - 1 spn
Daniya - 1 spn
Long Red Chillies - 4
Coconut- 3 spns
Cooked Toor Dal - 3/4 cup


1) Place Toor dal in cooker with Turmeric for 4 whistles or till it gets cooked.
2) Make tamarind pulp out of tamarind soaked in hot water.
3)In a kadai with oil, add Mustard seeds,1 long red chillies and small/pearl onion and fry till the raw smell goes off.Immediately add Tamarind pulp ,Sambar powder and salt to it.
4) Let it boil and by that time, in a small kadai, fry 3 small onions,Daniya/coriander seeds,Coconut, Chana dal/Kalla parupu,Long red chillies(3) and make a paste or powder out of it.
5) Once boiling is done in kadai with Tamarind( PRobably takes 5-10 mts) , mix the grinded paste and cooked toor dal to it.Add asafoetida also.Boil for 5 minutes.

Garnish with Coriander Leaves and curry Leaves.

Idly Sambar ready :) If you have mini-idly plates, make idly out of it and put it in bowl of sambar, which makes 14 idly sambar like Saravana Bavan.

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