Introduction: Microwave Idli - Without an Idli Dish
The idea behind this instructable is making making idlis easily - in a microwave, without an idli mould/dish/stand - using a ready mix, for people like my baby brother.
Step 1: Mixing the Batter
- Cut open the pack
- Combine 1 measure of flour, 1 measure water and 1/2 measure sour curd (use regular plain yogurt if you do not have sour curd)
- Mix well ensuring there are no lumps. The batter should be just slightly runny
- Set aside for 10-15 mins (they say 5, but the longer, the better)
Step 2: Oil the Bowl
- Select a microwaveable bowl (my mum recommends using glass)
- Put a little vegetable oil in the cup
- Smear the oil around the sides and bottom of the bowl (I used a rubber spatula to do this)
Step 3: Pour in the Batter
Put in just enough batter to fill 1/4th of an inch in the oiled bowl
Step 4: Microwave
- Take out the bowl and check while cooking if you are not sure how long to cook for
- If the middle is still liquid, cook for 30 secs more, then check again
- When you think it is done, poke the idli with a knife - if the knife comes out clean, the idli is done; if not, cook for 15-30 seconds more
- If you cook the idli too long, it will burn
Step 5: Removing Idli From the Mould
- Leave the cooked idli to cool for 1-2 mins, without the cover*
- The idli should feel fluffy to the touch when cooled
- Gently remove the edges from the sides of the bowl with a blunt spoon
- Turn the bowl over and gently tap the idli out. Use the spoon for assistance if the idli is stuck
- *It is important to let the idly to cool a few mins without the cover, or it will lose it's texture (apart from sticking to the bowl)
Step 6: Serve
The idli is ready to serve* with chutney, sambar or chtuney powder.
*If the idli is stuck to the bowl, eat it directly from the bowl, spooning sambar on top.
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