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Zesty Tadka Idli: South Indian Delight in Every Bite! recipe

Zesty Tadka Idli: South Indian Delight in Every Bite!

by Ritu Nanda (@no1cookingbyritu)
Prep Time
20min
Cook Time
20min
Total Time
40min

A delightful twist on traditional idlis, these savory treats blend South Indian flavors with a zesty tadka. Perfectly steamed rava or rice idli are lightly seasoned and mixed with the Tadka. Tadka Idli is not just a snack but a quick-fix culinary delight that satisfies cravings in minutes. Whether for...

Ingredients

4 Servings
(1 serving = 2 idli)

Ingredients for Idli

  • 1cup
    semolina (rava or suji)
  • 1/2cup
    thick curd
  • 1tbsp
    lemon juice
  • 3/4cup
    water
  • 1 1/4tsp
    baking soda or fruit salt (like Eno)
  • 1/4tsp
    salt

Ingredients for Tadka

  • 2tbsp
    neutral oil
  • 1/2tsp
    mustard seeds (rai)
  • 1sprig
    curry leaves
  • 1/2tsp
    cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1/2tsp
    red chilly powder
  • 1/2tsp
    garam masala
  • 1tsp
    grated ginger
  • 1
    large onion, chopped
  • 1tsp
    salt
  • 2piece
    tomatoes, chopped
  • 2tbsp
    tomato sauce
  • 1sprig
    coriander leaves

How to make Zesty Tadka Idli: South Indian Delight in Every Bite!

Method to cook Idli

  1. Mix the semolina, curd, salt, lemon juice and water to form a batter.

  2. Add water slowly as required to make a flowy smooth batter, but it should not be runny. How much water you add depends on the thickness of the curd. less is needed if curd is thin.

  3. Let the batter rest for 15 minutes.

  4. Mix in the baking soda well.

  5. Ladle approximately 2 tbsp batter in each cavity of the idli mould and steam for 15 minutes if using a conventional steaming method. If you use microwave moulds, the process is faster and you can get puffy idlis in 3.5 to 4 minutes on high power.

Method to cook Tadka (Tempering)

  1. In a cast iron pan, splutter mustard seeds, cumin, and curry leaves in a little oil.

    Step 2.1: In a[ cast iron pan](https://amzn
  2. Add the onions, ginger, and tomatoes.

    Step 2.1: Add the onions, ginger, and tomatoes
    Step 2.2: Add the onions, ginger, and tomatoes
  3. Cook till they become soft.

  4. Add in the salt, chilly powder and garam masala.

    Step 2.1: Add in the salt, chilly powder and garam masala
    Step 2.2: Add in the salt, chilly powder and garam masala
  5. Add in the tomato sauce.

    Step 2.1: Add in the tomato sauce
  6. Mix the tadka with the idli.

    Step 2.1: Mix the tadka with the idli
  7. Garnish with coriander leaves.

    Step 2.1: Garnish with coriander leaves

Tips & Tricks

  1. Using a cast iron pan adds nutrition to the food and requires very little oil as it is naturally non-stick when well-seasoned.

  2. You can even use your leftover Idlis to make this.

  3. I love using these microwave idli moulds as they make the work so much faster.

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Recipe by

Ritu Nanda

(@no1cookingbyritu)

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