Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Oggarane Idli (Tempered Idli Snack)

How do you feel when you wake up & notice that your camera isn't working?! On top of it, when you take it to the service center, you hear that the lens has gone bad & new lens costs much more than a new camera ?? Nothing could be done other than being helpless & depressed. Same is the case with me from the last two weeks. I do have few old pictures in my drafts waiting for their turn, but, every time I open my blog, the faulty camera flashes in my mind!! sigh!...Let bygones be bygones..back to recipes. So, here is the recipe for simple oggarane idli.

Cooking time: 5-10mins
Preparation time: 5 mins
Serves: 2 

Left over idlis : 12 nos
Salt: According to taste
Sugar: a pinch (optional)
Grated coconut: 1.5 tsp (optional)
Lemon juice: 1 tbsp

For tempering:
Oil: 1 tbsp
Onion: 1 medium sized
Curry leaves: 4-6 nos
Mustard seeds: 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds: 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder: a pinch
Urad dal/black lentils: 1 tsp
Channa dal/gram dal: 1 tsp
Green chillies: 2-3 nos


  • Break the idlis & mash them. 
  • Finely chop the onions, green chillies & keep them aside.
  • Heat oil in a wok. When oil is hot, add mustard & cumin seeds. When mustard seeds splutter, add the urad & gram lentils. When the lentils turn golden brown, add curry leaves, turmeric, green chillies & onion. 
  • Saute the onion till it becomes soft & translucent. 
  • Add salt, sugar & mashed idli to the wok. Mix them gently & allow to cook on a low heat for 5 mins.
  • Turn off the heat. Add coconut, lemon juice. Mix well & serve it hot/warm.

  • If the idlis are very dry, add a few drops of water while cooking.
  • Recipe for idli could be found here.

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