Friday, August 3, 2012

Sambar mini idly

Sambar mini idly / ghee idly / nei idly/ Saravana bhavan special 14 idly with sambar.

This is a special kind of idly dish served in popular Indian restaurants like Saravana bhavan of Tamilnadu, India. In saravana bhavan they serve 14 mini idlies in a bowl with their special Saravana bhavan sambar with a generous spoon of ghee (melted butter). With the popularity of this dish, the idly vessel makers started selling these cute mini idly stands and every mother would rely on this little angel to make their kids eat the idly:)  The batter I use is the same as the regular idly batter. I always make vengaya (shallot onion) sambar just like the Saravana bavan hotel to soak those cute fluffy idlies. But we can make any kind of sambar for that. Somehow I forgot to publish this mini idly, which was in my draft for a long time and here goes the recipe.

Sweet notes:
I bought a similar idly stand while in India especially for my hubby. In the beginning I had to make very unique attractive breakfast menus for him to bring him in to that 'never skip a breakfast schedule' :). Then I couldn't bring it here just like most of my kitchen gadgets and bought one 'mini idly maker' here:)





For mini idly:
Idly batter - 1 cup
ghee - 2 tbsp
mini idly stand
idly cooker or a pot to steam the idly.
vengaya sambar - a lot:)
soup bowls and spoon.

Method:
Grease the idly plates with very little ghee.
Pour the batter in the idly holes using small spoon.
Heat the pressure cooker (idly cooker if any) with 2 cups of water and place the idly stand carefully inside.
steam the idlies for 7 to 10 minutes without keeping the pressure valve.
Then let the idly loose the heat for 10 minutes and scoop out the idlies carefully using a spoon. Keep them warm and tightly closed in a casserole till we serve.
Just before serving place 14 idlies in each bowl.
Bring the sambar to 'piping hot' stage.
Pour the sambar over the idlies.
Add a generous tsp of ghee over each bowl.
Decorate with cilantro and serve hot.
Sambar mini idly is ready!

Serving suggestion:
Serve as breakfast or any meal.

19 comments:

Torviewtoronto said...

idly looks wonderful

Rekha said...

idli looks so cute and delicious..
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Rekha said...

idli looks so cute and delicious..
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Divya Pramil said...

Love those cute little idlis always very cute and nice preparation Viki :)

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Suja Manoj said...

Cute idli,the combo is really tempting.

Mythreyi said...

perfect for savory breakfast....

-Mythreyi
Yum! Yum! Yum!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

I love sambar mixed with idlis. Your preparation looks simply wonderful.
Deepa

Priya said...

Wish i get a bowl rite now;yumm!

Anu said...

I always love this combo. Looks yum

Torviewtoronto said...

Hi Viki, if you don't mind could you please link your entries to the event (my site and jagurthi's) so other people will send for the event as well :) As readers are visiting your site through the event.
http://torviewtoronto.blogspot.ca/2012/07/know-your-flours-millet-flour-event.html

Sorry I couldn't find your email on the site.

It could be on your posts or side bar :) I appreciate.
http://elitefoods.blogspot.ca/2011/05/kambu-dosai.html
http://elitefoods.blogspot.ca/2011/06/kambu-kolukkattai.html

Vikis Kitchen said...

Hi Akheela,
I have already given your links in my earlier post that I published for your event.
http://elitefoods.blogspot.com/2012/07/event-entries-and-re-posts.html
Pls feel free to contact.
Thanks,
Viki

sowmya's creative saga said...

i got a single mini idli pan..but hardly used it.. now I am tempted to make this sambar idlis..yumm

Spice up the Curry said...

looks very very delicious

notyet100 said...

Ukmm. The bowl looks so delicious,,,

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hemalata said...

Cute sambar idli, looks so yummy.

hemalata said...

Cute sambar idli, looks so yummy.

Kavitha said...

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Shabbu said...

Cute and yummy idlis..
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