Idli is nothing but steamed savory cakes made with Rice and dal with a dash of fenugreek seeds, add a little salt to taste. This ready made Idli mix has Mangoes in it! Oh! yeah, surprised right? but it is true and is delicious.
Idli consists of very minimal ingredients, nothing should go wrong right? but, it does surprise? and why south Indians are crazy over this is a million dollar question? Every time asking each other if the Idlies turned out perfectly. These pillowy soft cakes are just a perfection of art! don’t be surprised if it doesn’t turn out well!! Ground to perfection and the right fermentation is very important. Here is a little study for you to know about Idly, source: Wikipedia.
idly:Idli (English pronunciation: /ˈɪdliː/, also romanized “idly” or “iddly”, plural “idlis”) is a savory cake popular throughout South India. It is made by steaming a batter consisting of fermented black lentils (de-husked) and rice. The fermentation process breaks down the starches so that they are more readily metabolized by the body. The originations of Idlis are unclear with the earliest mention in writing occurring in Kannada writing of Shivakotiacharya in 920 AD.
Idli has a long history in southern Indian cuisine. One mention of it in writings occurs in the Kannada writing of Shivakotiacharya in 920 AD, and it seems to have started as a dish made only of fermented black lentil. Chavundaraya II, the author of the earliest available Kannada encyclopedia, Lokopakara (c. 1025), describes the preparation of idli by soaking urad dal (black gram) in buttermilk, ground to a fine paste and mixed with the clear water of curd, and spices. The Kannada king and scholar Someshwara III, reigning in the area now called Karnataka, included an idli recipe in his encyclopedia, The Manasollasa, written in Sanskrit ca. 1130 A.D. There is no known record of rice being added until some time in the 17th century. It may have been found that the rice helped speed the fermentation process. Although the ingredients used in preparing idli have changed, the preparation process and the name have still remained the same.
The Gujarati work Varanaka Samuchaya (1520 CE) mentions idli as idari, and also mentions its local adoption idada (a non-fermented version of dhokla. The earliest extant Tamil work to mention idli (as itali) is Maccapuranam, dated to the 17th century.
I love making Idlis with different Ingredients, I have shared a few Idly recipes here and soon will post some more Idly(two ways), Sweet corn Idlies, Kodo Millet Idli, Moong dal Idli, Oats, Sweet corn, and Lapsi Idli.
Coming back to this Idli recipe, This recipe has been in my draft from past 2 to 3 years I think!. why Mango Idli? I know you might be wondering; well for so many reasons! I love Mangoes (who doesn’t? Eh? right) and my most favourite is mango rice ( because I like savory dishes!!) I simply love Mango Rice, and after that, I have 101 reasons to love Mangoes! It’s Mango season in India now and you get so many varieties of Mangoes from tart to the sweetest in different shapes and flavours. I can list a lot of varieties of mangoes and in that my favourite is Totapuri Maavinkaayi (A mango shaped like a parrot) which I love to eat it just like that ! this is so yummy with just simple salt and chili powder brings back a lot of childhood memories.
This Idli is made with Instant Idli mix which I regularly make at home from the past few years now. I started making these ready made Idli and Dosa mix and few more ready mixes when my better half used to stay away from home and these ready-made mixes helped him have his favourite breakfasts.