Innovating With Idlis

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah.      .

The fluffy, white, light, steamed rice cakes make for a delightful and healthy meal. These South Indian style lentil and rice cakes are yummy, fat-free, chockfull of protein, and exceedingly nutritious for you. Quintessentially, idlis are made from rice and urad dal; however, here are 5 super creative and innovative recipes for idlis which taste fantastic and take your nutrition quotient through the roof!

The idlis have originated in South India but have dug their roots deep in to the kitchens across the rest of country as well in Indian kitchens across the globe!

7 fun and creative idlis!

Up your idli game with these inspiring and imaginative recipes!  

  1. Ragi and urad dal idli: You wouldn’t believe how scrumptious the ragi idli tastes, that is, until you’ve tried it! An absolute must-add to your menu - the real magic occurs when the idlis soak up the hearty sambar, and make for one of the most satisfying bites conceivable! Ragi has a very mild flavor profile, with a wee bit of sweetness and a mere suggestion of nuttiness. Ragi can add a truckload of calcium, potassium and fibre.
  2. Brown rice and green peas idli: Brown rice idli for is a great option for weight loss! Brown rice along with pureed green peas makes your idli really nutritious. The tempering is the real game-changer – mustard seeds, urad dal, jeera, chili and cashews. What’s more, you will not feel guilty about eating 3 to 4 idlis. In fact, this idli sambar meal makes for one of the healthiest breakfast, lunch or dinner recipes that can help facilitate weight loss. The perfect crowd pleaser!
  3. Rice, moong dal and spinach idli: Who does not love an easy, super comforting and satisfying as well as delicious homemade meal? Rice, moong dal and spinach make the idlis tasty and hearty. With this recipe you can save a lot of calories and bulk up on wholesome ingredients, making it ideal for diabetics and those who wish to shed undesirable weight. The showstopper of the recipe is – palak. It gives the idlis a creamy texture along with a vibrant green hue! What’s more, spinach sneaks in a ton of nutrients into your meal, making the nutritional quotient skyrocket.
  4. Paneer and vegetable idli: This is a complete comfort food! An instant idli recipe, this one is everything an idli should be - nutritious, exciting, and exploding with flavor! Protein from the cottage cheese and an amalgamation of veggies – peas, carrots and onions make these idlis super yummy and irresistible. Serve piping hot along with coconut chutney. Furthermore, these cook easily in about 10 minutes. It is also a great left over idli recipe.
  5. Poha idli: Poha or flattened rice is wholesome and it greatly enhances the texture of the idli, making it super fluffy and light. Poha makes the idli pillowy, while keeping the calorie count pretty low! Idlis are usually restricted only to being the star of the breakfast, but you can and should eat it for lunch and dinner as well – it makes for a complete meal, when paired with protein-packed sambar and chutney of your choice.

These gorgeous recipes have all the fixings to deliver a high-flavor, super wholesome, low-calorie plate of goodness. Experiment with these recipes and integrate them in to your meal line-up. Whether you use urad dal or moong dal or poha, make sure you used unpolished ingredients from the Tata Sampann range to get maximum nutritional benefits from your ingredients.

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