Thayir Idli (Dahi Idli)

Thayir Idli (Dahi Idli)

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Usually when I call my friends, just after saying “hello”, the first thing I ask is “are you busy”? I like to talk to a person when he or she is relaxed and not in a rush. Are you also like that? So let me ask you, are you busy now? Because I’m in a mood to chat today. If you are busy… no probs, go finish your work and come back, I’ll wait for you.

So the other day I told you I was in Kerala, right? The thing is… after our India trip in March, we didnt even put back our suitcases. Yep, we were planning another trip, but not to India. It’s been sometime we had a proper travel holiday. For the past 2-3 years, whenever we plan a trip, it gets jinxed! So this time, we wanted to make it happen so badly and planned ahead for a three week long holiday, everything was almost ready. But…. ten days before our trip, Jose got a flu. We slowed down our trip planning a bit, so that he could take rest and recover fast. Hhmmm… but the flu had more determination than our desire to go for holiday. Anyways, it was good that our suitcases were still outside, because within a day’s notice, we traveled to India. The day we landed (just before Easter), I was down with fever! There you go… So that’s the story about being in India again so soon.

Now this brings me back to the very question that Jose and myself always discuss about. Whether we should plan things or not? Since, nothing in my life has happened as per plans, I thought “planning” is not somebody I can trust completely and so I decided to part ways. But Jose is a believer in planning and gives more chances to him and they continue to be friends. So are you a friend of “planning” or not?

Btw, did I tell you… I’m back in Bahrain now. Reached here yesterday night. I’m happy to be back mainly for one reason… it’s sooooo hot back home. (Sounds silly when say you are going back to the Middle East, because its hotter in India!) Oh, and don’t forget the official and unofficial power cuts! So here’s something that helps you to stay cool.

I used to have “thayir idli” regularly during my college days. After my classes, I used to go straight to Tesschechy’s (my aunt’s) house and she used to make this for me, whenever they had Idli for breakfast. I remember being fascinated with mini idlis during my childhood days and I should say the fascination still continues.

So next time you make idlis at home, try this one. It’s healthy,refreshing, tasty and super easy! We made it once for a tea party at home along with some cookies and cakes, but this turned out to be the star attraction! Again, this time also, I dont have the step by step pictures. I promise to post a detailed one next time, agreed?

Thayir Idli (Dahi Idli)
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Recipe type: Main Dish
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 3-4
 
Ingredients
  • Mini Idlis – 18 (refer notes)
  • Yogurt – 2 cups (preferably non sour)
  • Coconut – 2 tbsp
  • Green chilli – 2
  • Ginger – ½ -1 tsp, chopped
  • Sugar – 1-2 tsp
  • Onion – 1, finely chopped
  • Kara boondi/sev – ¼ – ½ cup (refer notes)
  • Small/pearl onion – 2 tbsp, sliced
  • Dried red chilli – 1-2
  • Curry leaves
  • Coriander leaves – 2-3 tbsp, chopped
  • Milk – ¼ cup (optional)
  • Salt
  • Oil
Instructions
  1. Beat the yogurt well. Grind together coconut, green chilli and ginger to a smooth paste with ½ -1 tbsp water. Mix together the beaten yogurt and coconut paste.
  2. Add finely chopped onion and sugar to this mix. Add mini idlis to this and combine everything together.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and fry the sliced small onion, dry red chilli, ginger and curry leaves till the onion turns golden brown. Add this to the idli mix. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Serve chilled
  4. Just before serving, garnish with kara boondi/sev and chopped coriander leaves. If you add the kara boondi and sev and refrigerate, it might turn soggy.
Notes
You can also use regular size idlis to make this. Just cut it into small pieces and follow the recipe. If you dont have mini idli tins, but still want to make it, here you go… steam idli batter in a cake tin. Once it is done, cool it and cut out mini idli’s using a round cookie cutter or bottle cap. You can also use grated carrots to make it extra healthy. Just add it along with chopped onion. If you feel that the idli’s have become hard, add around ¼ cup of milk and keep for 5 mins, before serving. It will soften the idlis. Kara boondi is the round thing, that you see in mixture. It’s available in bakeries. If you still cant figure out, how it looks, give a google image search :) Also, if it’s not easily available, you can use spicy Kerala mixture for garnishing.

 

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  • http://www.divyascookbook.com/ Divya Kudua

    Thayir idlis?Now that is something new!I love mini idlis too and dunk them in sambar or rasam for a delicious meal by itself!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Divs,

      How are you? I’ve seen sambar n rasam idlis but havent tried them yet :) Thayir idlis is very refreshing, especially during summer season!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Rachel

    I am definitely going to try this… Glad to follow your blog… please visit my blog “Tickled by Inspirations”

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Rachel,

      Hope you will like it. I did visit your blog, but couldnt comment that day :( All the best for your blog, keep going :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Tina Sanil

    Hiiii maria..welcome back…was really missg u..hope u r fine nw after fever..yes nw a days krla climate is unsahikablee…even i too think the same way..thank u for the lovely refreshing recipe…take care

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Tina,

      I’m feeling better these days :) yeah it’s HOT in Kerala… Please do try this recipe when time permits.

      You too take care…
      Maria

  • Chitra Ganapathy

    Hmm, yummy.. Never tried this way. wil try sometime :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Chitra! Hope you get to try the soon….

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Syriac

    Yesterday I made some idlis and they did not rise up probabily the batter was a bit watery.They are with me and I was at a loss what to do with them.I am going to try this recipee and try to get back my reputation. Hope it works.
    Regarding planning, I plan everything very carefully. But external events or unanticipated events may spook my plans.Therefore we need to plan for that too.
    Regarding your stay in Kerala,God’s own country has become a living hell.The power comes and goes at least ten times a day.Owning air conditioners is no use because during every outage one will have to open the doors and windows. How many times can one do that.?
    Rivers are filled with filth.Still Keraliltes bath, brush their teeth,wash their cloth in such water. Public toilets are so drity that no one can even walk near them. Every house hold has some one abroad and hence people are aware of the clean surroundings people in other countries live.Still we refuse to live cleanly.Every one educated or other wise puts their waste on the road in front.Roadsare full of spittle.
    You are lucky to have a place to go.
    By the way how do you make good idlis? Please give  the proportions and incredients like cooked rice,fenugreek, par bolied rice etc
    Cyriac

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Syriac,

      Hope this recipe worked for you…

      Yeah last minute changes can happen in planning, but at least if you plan something, there will be some clarity. That’s what my husband says :)

      I’ll try to post the Idli recipe sometime..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Sushuandcuttingchai

    This looks fantastic and yes it is very hot here in India ….i love mini idlis too ! Everything i try out from your blog turns out so well ….thank-you Maria will make this soon and tell you how it was! 

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Sush for your comment :) Nice to know that the recipes posted here works well for you. I do hope you will like this recipe too..

      Happy cooking!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Shabs Cp

    I am exactly like you when i call up someone And thats exactly teh same thing I ask, if they are busy! About planning, I do plan when it comes to events and big stuffs….I do, thats just because i dont want to get stressed doing things at the last minute. Hubby is a big time planner and his planning never ends…

    Nice recipe. II have had thair vada which is one of my faves. Thair idly is new!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hey Shabs,

      Good to know that we have something in common :) Even Jose plans big time, but I’m more like taking each day as it comes ;) except for cooking for guests…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Rashmi

    You r truly amazing…I had my doubts abt combining yoghurt and idlis (both sour)….but I tried it today evening, and it was superb….count me in in ur fan list…I jus regret not having found your blog sooner…we have lived in the same part of the world for so long but surprisingly, our paths have never crossed….anyways…never too late….

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Rashmi,

      Thanks dear :) I’m really thrilled to know that you tried this soon. Hopefully our paths will cross someday :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Smitha

    Hi Maria,
    Great Idea… I’m gonna try this soon. I have a request to u. Check out the site pinterest.com and can you somehow add the “Pin It” button for your site, please? So whoever wants can Pin your recipes to their Pinterest board. 

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Smitha. I do hope you will like it. Btw, I’ve already seen some people pinning my recipes there, I dont know how they did it…Thanks for your suggestion, we will check it out and see how it works :)

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Smitha

        Hi Maria,
        I found out how to Pin your recipes in Pinterest and I Pinned it too…First you need to have a Pin It bookmarklet installed in your PC, then using that you can Pin whatever you want. But its a good idea to have the Pin It button in your site itself, like the Like button for facebook. 
        Thanks for the reply. 
        Btw, I had tried a lot of your recipes and all came out really good. My favorites are carrot cake and plum cake…. 

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Hi Smitha,

          Thanks a lot for your suggestion, because we’ve added it in our site :) Now you’ve a pin it option under each recipe. Please check out the blue tab at the end of each recipe. 

          Nice to know that you’ve liked the recipes tried from here. Thanks dear :)

          Cheers
          Maria

  • Bindu

    yeah maria ….about planning …i too feel the same way 5 years into married life…some things just seem to  follow the Above Ones plans for us  rather than our plan for Ourselves…(ironically) and yeah hubbies have to be more practical minded which follows that they do have to be planned in advance….anywayss like they say ningalude vishwasam ningale rakshikette…
    meanwhile…planning to try out thayir idli this weekend…
    Hope all yr plans work out soon :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Bindu,

      yeah I too agree with you…it all comes down to belief alle ?

      Btw, i do hope your “plan” to try out this recipe worked out :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Mani Menon

    Hi Maria, 
      My wife and I are planning to try out this lip smackin’ recipe. We plan using ordinary ‘idlis’ cut into small pieces.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Mani,

      So did you guys like it? I do hope so :)

      Thanks for trying this…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Mani Menon

    We tried it out yesterday. And it turned out to be such a ridiculously simple yet such a lip smacking dessert! Our guests shamelessly asked for more. By the way, we made it with those miniature ‘Mysore idlis’. In the sweltering heat of Chennai, ‘Thayir Idli’ is a godsend!

    Thank you so much, Maria.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Mani,

      Great to know that it came out well for you, thank you! Yeah it’s really refreshing to have this during summer time.

      Cheers
      Maria

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  • Aswathy

    Maria, you mention salt as ingredient, but when do we add salt?

  • gk

    Love its presentation :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you :)

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