Urad Dal ~ Rice ~ Varai Khotto” served with Cluster Beans Chutney … An awesome combination of Idly-Chutney that left me simply craving for more …..
Khotto as all of you are aware by now if you are following my blog are the same Idly batter prepared in prepared Jackfruit leaves baskets. I will not get into the procedure of preparing them as I have already written a whole detailed article on the same and posted few years back. So I will just share in the link here for all newbies for understanding and learning the process. However, if you want to prepare this Khotto and have no acess to leaves, there is nothing to worry, just pour them in Idly molds and prepare the same simple. I will not go much into details of khotto / Idly as by now the whole world knows the benefits of eating idly as a healthy bf. So to cut short, I will straight get into the preparation of the batter. For the method of pouring into molds or the prepared baskets please refer to the link given at the bottom of this recipe.
Urad Dal : 1 cup
Rice Rava (Idly Rava) : 2 cups
Varai / Indian barnyard millet : ½ cup
Salt to taste
** Wash and soak the urad dal in plenty of water for 4-5 hours. Before you begin to grind the dal, soak Idly rava and varai together in water for 30 mins. And then drain off the excess water on top by slowly tilting the vessel. Keep this ready aside.
Drain of water wash well and grind in wet grinder with 1 cup of water to a smooth batter. Keep mixing often for even grinding of the paste. Remove the ground batter into a vessel. Add in the prepared Idly rava and varai mixture and mix well. Keep the batter thick. It should be a little thicker than normal Idly batter used in molds for khotto. Mix well and add in salt to taste and leave overnight or for 8 hrs undisturbed to ferment.
Mix the batter well. Pour it gently into the prepared jackfruit baskets / molds and steam for 30-40 mins. Serve hot with any chutney / sambar of your choice. I served with Cluster Beans Chutney.
** Note: The proportions mentioned above of Idly rava is when using the wet grinder method. If using mixer then you have got to adjust the proportions as the result of grinding urad dal in wet grinder and mixer are not the same. Wet grinder yields in softer and bulkier quantity of urad when ground were as the mixer does not do the same. So you can decrease the amount of Idly rava while maintaining the quantity of the varai same. If using mixer grinder method. Ie. 1 cup of Urad dal :1.5 Idly rava : ½ cupVarai.
** Note 2: You can also use plain raw rice while grinding instead of Idly rava. In which case just soak the rice separately for 2-3 hrs and grind it also separately a little bit rava textured and then mix it with ground urad dal. Rest of the method remains same.
** For the Cluster Bean Chutney Recipe, Please follow the link given below …..
** Do check in on the following Article of Making of Khotto / Jackfruit leaves baskets using paper cups / tumblers / glasses etc. Please follow the link given below ….