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Semolina Idly

Semolina Idly
By : Harilal Radhakrishnan
Semolina -1cup
Fresh curd – 1 cup
Cooking soda – 1 tsp
Salt & water – As needed

To temper

Oil – 1.5 tsp
Ghee – 1.5 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
Urad dal – 1 tsp
Channa dal – 2 tsp
Pepper corns – 1 tsp
Jeera – 1 tsp
Finely chopped ginger – 1 tsp
Finely chopped green chilli – 1 no
Cashewnuts – 5 nos
Carrot -1 large
Coriander leaves – few (chopped)
Lemon juice – Few drops (optional)

Dry roast semolina for 5-6 minutes in low flame without changing its color. Set aside.In a wide kadai or cooker base , add oil and ghee. Temper mustard seeds , urad dal, channa dal , ginger , pepper corns , jeera , Finely chopped ginger , green chillies. Saute well till pepper corns starts to splutter.Add the roasted semolina , mix well.
Switch off the flame and allow it to cool.After the mixture cools down completely , add the curd ,salt , lemon juice and the required water. Mix well. The consistency of the batter should not be too thick or too thin. It should be pourable like idli batter..The mixture takes 1/2 cup – 3/4 cup of water to get the right consistency.
Before making idlies , add cooking soda u should get bubbles..Finally add the carrot and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well…Grease the idli plate and pour the batter.Steam it for 12-15 minutes.Remove and enjoy eating hot idli

Health Benefits

· This low-fat, high carbohydrate food offers a lot of energy along with a variety of other nutrients
· It is low in cholesterol and sodium and fairly high in fibre and can be safely incorporated into a well-balanced diet.
· Semolina is high in protein, very high in complex carbohydrates and fairly high in potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium and fibre, with some iron, zinc, manganese and copper.
· It is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium, and contains zero trans fatty acids.
· It is high in vitamin E and contains a fair amount of the B complex vitamins (especially folic acid).
· Because semolina is made from durum wheat and not the softer wheat that goes into bread, it is digested more slowly and has a low glycemic index, which is good news for people wishing to control or reduce their weight and blood sugar, and especially for diabetics.
· The high carbohydrate content makes semolina an ideal food for active, energetic people.
· Especially significant are potassium, which supports good kidney and heart function and the smooth function of other muscles, phosphorus, required by the body to metabolize energy, magnesium for healthy muscles, bones and nerves, calcium for strong bones and zinc to boost the immune system.

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