In my twenties, I found it a waste of time and money…these lavish weddings….something changes when you hit the magic forties. I was soaking in all the colors, aroma chatter, and was loving every moment of the experience. From traditional kanjivarams to the most modern styles, it was all here, teens to elderly grandmas - all draped in rich colors of silk. My eyes were feasting, after living in the west for a long time ( especially midwest) you forget what color is….
The kapi man approached us and I was quick to take a glass of coffee. ( In South of India coffee is served in six ounce steel glass). It was pipping hot and absolutely delicious a perfect blend of coffee and chicory, I wanted a second, a third and a forth. It would look rather rude and greedy to take seconds and thirds I thought. Before I could plan for a strategy to pick up another glass, a man approached with a smile, “ breakfast banni” ( please come for breakfast) hubs and I exchanged smiling glances and got up, walking slowly to the dining hall….
There were rows of tables with fresh banana leaves and a glass of water ( talk of biodegradable disposable ) a few people were sitting and we found space near some young kids in there late teens. Hot rava idlis, chatni, kesari bhaat, hot upma and coffee… this is the stuff life is made of. As the server approached me he gave me a generous helping of 3 idlis and a lot of chutney…I did not refuse, I wanted it all. It is part of an Indian wedding to eat well to your hearts content, hospitality at its best, people asking for seconds thirds and forth with endless gallons of coffee.
Back on a cold winter snowy morning, when everything around me looked white, so pristine and beautiful. I thought of the colors, the idlis and the coffee. Frantically looked thru my recipes and found a handwritten recipe of rava idli. My sister had written it up for me ( Picture below) the year I got married, it seems like yesterday….
Ilva, Sophia and myself are back with a similar themed post, this is our first one for 2015. Do visit their blogs to read about their favorite breakfast and gawk at the amazing images.
1 cup rava (sooji, semolina)
a little more than a pinch of baking soda Or 1/4 tsp Enos fruit salt
2-3 tbsp cashew nuts
1/4 cup yogurt
1 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 urad daal (green gram split)
1/4 tsp chana daal (gram dal split)
1 green chili split
cilantro finely chopped
1/4 cup grated carrots
1/4 cup peas
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
salt to taste
In a pan heat oil, add mustard, urad dal, chana dal let it splatter, add the cashew, after it browns add the green chili and rava, roast the rava till for 4-5 minutes. Leave it to cool, add the yogurt and it will look like a thick (very thick paste) if more rava is unmixed ass more yogurt. Leave for 7-10 minutes, add 1/2 -3/4 cup water till it is pouring consistency ( thick liquid not too thin - like rice idli batter or a bit thicker than pan cake batter) add the carrots, peas, cilantro salt. Pour in in Idli moulds and steam for 15 minutes.
You can roast the dry ingredients, cool it and store in airtight container - for future use. Stays good for unto three weeks or four weeks refrigerated.
Serve hot with your choice of Curry leaf coconut chutney, and ghee.