Monday, March 10, 2008

Idli with Urad Dal

We all like rice. I love white rice! So these Idli - "Soft and Moist Rice Cakes Steam Cooked Using Rice & Urad Dal" sounded like a good idea.

We tried something from this same food manufacturer before here...

The cakes were pretty easy to prepare. You take them out frozen, poke a couple of holes in the bag, pop them in the microwave for 3 min and then let them sit for another 3 minutes.

I thought these would be more rice like and less cake like. When I say cake I don't mean sweet cake - I wasn't expecting that. The texture and appearance was very much like a white cornbread. Dd and I both thought it didn't have much flavor. I wasn't crazy about the flavor - maybe it was the fenugreek flavor I didn't care for. I don't think I've ever tasted fenugreek before so I'm not sure if that was the unpleasant taste or not. No doubt these would taste better with some sauce or vegetables and seasonings.

The cakes' ingredients are: water, rice, urad dal (split matpe beans, salt, corn oil, feugreek seeds, baking soda). Sounds pretty easy to make.

But - the kids did like it. They kept taking more bites. They both ate about one each. They liked it even better after adding a bit of soy sauce (or soya sauce to you Canadians).

There are 6 cakes in the package and it cost $1.99.


Mrs George said...

Hi, South Indian girl here.

Congrats on trying out different cusines. :-)
Idlis are a staple part of our diet & we usually have it with some coconut chutney.
Here's a quick recipe for chutney if u like, u can try it out...

Dessicated Coconut - 1/2 cup
Green chillies - 2
Pearl onion (thinly sliced) - 2

Blend the coconut & chilly with 1/2 cup water. Keep aside. In a pan, pour some vegetable oil & pop some mustard seeds. Put in the onion & saute. If you have some dry red chilly & curry leaves, this is the time to put it in. After the onion is cooked, add the coconut-green chilly paste & switch off the burner.

Chutney is ready.

We are THAT family said...

Sounds yummy! Need to try it.

Anonymous said...

Exposing your children to new "tastes" is an excellent idea ! The younger the better.