BM #84 Week 2 Day 1 - 

Idli is a part of a typical South Indian life style and we are proud to fall in that category. There are varieties of Idlis which we can make and enjoy. One such variety in an attempt to avoid rice is this Urad-Moong Dal Idli.

This week I chose to highlight some steamed dishes which we enjoy at home.

I tried the idli without the vegetables and the seasoning but I felt the moong dal left a vague after taste which I didn't care for. So I would recommend not to avoid the seasoning.

Recipe Inspiration from a TV show
Ingredients - 

Moong Dal 1 cup
Urad Dal 1/2 cup
Idli Rava 1/2 cup
Fenugreek Seeds 1 tsp
Salt as needed
Cashews few (Optional)
Seasoning (Oil 2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1 tsp, Urad Dal 1/2 tsp, Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp, Asafotida a pinch, Curry Leaves few)
Carrots, grated 2 Tbsp
Green Beans , finely minced 2 Tbsp
Ginger-Green Chili Paste 1 tsp (or as per taste)

Method Of Preparation -

Wash and soak the Urad Dal and Moong Dal for 3-4 hours.

Drain and grind into a fine batter adding as little water as needed.

Add in the washed and drained Idli rava and mix well.

Sprinkle salt into the batter and set aside in a warm place for fermentation.

When the batter has fermented enough, prepare the seasoning.

In a pan, add oil and the rest of the seasoning ingredients.

After the mustard seeds pop and the urad dal is lightly browned, add in the vegetables and saute them for a few minutes.

Add the above mixture into the batter and mix well.

Arrange a cashew in each of the idli moulds. 

Pour the batter into the idli plates and steam them for about 15-17 minutes.

Unmould the idlis and serve with a chutney of your preference for a filling meal.


Preparation Time 12 hours for the batter + 20 minutes for the steaming 
Makes 24-30 


  1. Srivalli Says:
  2. I think as a typical south indian, we love our idlis!..this is a lovely version to try harini..

  3. Padmajha Says:
  4. Wow! That looks so good Harini. Need to try this. I am sure everyone at home will like this

  5. Priya Suresh Says:
  6. Urad dal and moongdal together in Idli sounds absolutely interesting, excellent version.

  7. This is a different idli variation to give a try. It is loaded with protein and this would work as a great breakfast option.

  8. Jayashree Says:
  9. An interesting variation to the usual idli. Looks good.

  10. Kalyani Says:
  11. the carrot and cashew topped idli is very simialr to mine on day 1 !! cant believe we lined them up too that way :-) bookmarkign to try this diabetic frinedly idlu//

  12. I love the colorful background cloth - makes the pic so inviting

  13. Pavani Says:
  14. That is such an interesting idli recipe. Never made idlis with moong dal before -- these sound delicious.

  15. Nisha Says:
  16. Endless possibilities to making a Idli. :) Am definitely going to try this out. I love your chutney filled plate.

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