Thursday, January 20, 2011


Whenever we went to any Udipi restaurants in Mumbai, my cousin always ordered Dahi-Idli (just for the record, I always stuck to my Rawa dosa!:-) It almost tastes like dahi vada but you miss all those deep fried calories. Here's my version.

Dahi Idli
Idlies with Yogurt
4 leftover idlis

Whisk together
1 cup cold yogurt
A pinch of salt
1 tsp sugar (more or les per your taste)

1 tsp oil
A pinch of mustard seeds
A pinch of cumin seeds
A pinch of asafoetida

A generous pinch of chaat masala
A pinch of mild chili powder or paprika

A pinch of finely minced cilantro

1. Warm leftover idlies and make sure that they are at room temperature.
2. Divide idlies in 2 serving bowls.
3. Pour sweetened yogurt over each bowl.
4. Heat oil in a small saucepan. Add the tempering ingredients. Drizzle the hot oil over idlies.
5. Sprinkle the chaat masala and paprika.
6. Garnish with cilantro.
7. Serve immediately.

Note -
1. If yogurt is too thick, you can add a spoonful of water.
2. You can also add a few curry leaves and 1 red chili, halved -  in tempering.
3. I used nonfat, plain ogurt. For creamier/richer taste, you can use full fat yogurt.
4. This recipe serves 2 people. You can easily increase the quantity for more people.

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