Rice free idlis

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      Take 3 cups of urad dal (black gram), wash 2-3 times and then soak in water for overnight.

Grind soaked urad dal to a slightly coarse batter along with some cut ginger and green chillis. Add salt according to taste. Use buttermilk or curd for grinding instead of water. Leave ground dal for a few hours to ferment and becomes somewhat spongy.
Add ½ tsp of Asafoetida, ½ tsp cracked pepper and 3/4Tbsp of lemon juice to the ground dal.

Apply oil to the idli making plate and pour ground dal in each idli slot.

In a separate container, boil 2 Tbsp of cut pieces of cashew nuts, almonds and peanuts with some salt for a few minutes or till tender.Add already boiled cashewnuts and peanuts as toppings on each idli. Note: This step is optional.

Steam cook for 12-15 minutes using idli cooker. Alternatively, a microwave idli cooker can be used for 8-10 minutes at high.

Serve idlis with any curry powder or chutney of your taste. If preferred, some ghee can be added on top of idlis before serving.

Recipe courtesy: Subbalakshmi Yerramilli

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