Friday, November 16, 2012

Idly Maavu - Batter for Idly

I have been shifting home very often from one state to another and the first thing I do after setting my home at a place is finding out a shop to buy boiled rice ( Idly rice ) and urad dhal for idly.
{Nowadays many people don't know that boiled rice is used for making idly since its called IDLY Rice in shops.}
Its not an easy task. There are many varieties of boiled rice and not all will be good for making idly.
Some will be too sticky and the grinder will be stalled. 
I have to find out a right combination through Trial and Error.
If the rice is too sticky the measurement of rice should be boiled rice 3 1/2 cup and raw rice 1/2 cup.
If the rice is little sticky then 3 3/4 cup boiled rice and 1/4 cup raw rice.
The trial goes on for nearly two months and settle for a rice!! 
Three important things to be remembered to make a soft idly. They are
  • Ratio of rice to urad dhal
  • the method of grinding 
  • fermentation

The following measurement is good if you are going to make maavu using wet grinder.

Ingredients :

Idly rice is boiled rice.
Idly rice                      : 4 cups ( heaped )
Urad dhal                    : 1 cup ( within the brim of the cup )

fenu greek ( venthayam ) : 1/2 tsp
Salt                            : 4 Tsp

Soak rice for minimum 3 hours after washing thoroughly.
Soak fenugreek also in a small container.
After 3 hours, Wash the grinder and add the soaked rice with enough water.
Switch ON and run the grinder.
Now in a separate container wash the urad dhal and soak.
Periodically check the running grinder and sprinkle water for smooth running.
It takes around an hour to grind the rice.
It shouldn't be watery and shouldn't ground nicely.
Rice should be ground slightly coarse ( like rawa ) and thick.
Finally add salt and take out the rice batter into a large container.
Now add urad dhal and fenu greek into the grinder with little water.
Sprinkle water at regular intervals to get fluffy urad batter.

After 15 minutes of grinding
It takes around 1/2 hour or more to grind urad dhal. When its ground well bubbles start coming out and becomes fluffy. Now transfer fluffy ground urad into the same container.

When the urad dhal batter is transferred in to the container it stands on rice batter since its light and become fluffy with air.

bubbles coming out of the batter
Wash the grinder with very little water and add that water also to the batter.
Both the batters should be mixed well with hands or ladle.
The container should have enough space to raise.
Keep it closed in a warm place for 8 hours or over night.
After it has raised its ready for making idly.

rice & urad batter mixed well in a big container
Note : If the mixer grinder is used the the measurments will be
Boiled rice ( Idly rice )                : 3 cups
Urad dhal                                  : 1 cup
Venthayam ( fenugreek )            : 1/2 tsp