Thursday, August 28, 2008

Semia Idli - Steamed Vermicelli Idli

Semia Idli - Steamed Vermicelli Dumpling
My mother is an excellent and innovative cook. Even to this day at the age of 78, she prepares my – I would rather say everybody‘s - favourite dishes whenever an opportunity arose. Mysore Rasam with coconut milk for my eldest daughter, Aval Dosai for my second daughter, Bisibelebath for my son, Sojji for my nephew and an endless list of dishes for her really big big family .
I always relished her Semia Idli but had never bothered to find out about the know hows of its preparation. Last week when I had called her up, she enthusiastically enquired about the blog and asked me if I had written about my “favourite” dish. Immediately I got the recipe from her and tried it out for the first time and lo…it turned out to be a delicious hit!

Vermicelli – 2 cups
Curds – 1 cup
Salt – 1 ½ tsp
Green chillies – 3
Fresh ginger – 1 inch piece
Fresh coriander - a few leaves
Carrot gratings – ½ cup
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Cooking oil – 2 tbsps
1.Add grated carrot, salt, finely chopped green chillies and ginger to the curd and mix well.
2.Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds.
3. When it splutters add the vermicelli and fry till it is golden red in colour.
4. Add the fried vermicelli to the prepared curd, while it is still hot .
5. Mix well and leave it to soak for 10 minutes.
6. Grease the idly moulds with a drop of ghee and spoon the curd- vermicelli mixture into each mould.
7. Since it does not flow like the normal idly batter, spread out the mixture into each mould with the help of a spoon.
8. Steam the idlis in the pressure cooker without the weight for 12 minutes.
9. Allow the steam to settle down and then remove the idlis.

Semia idlies are very light and delicious. Enjoy with your favourite chutney or sambar.

20 Post your Comments:

Unknown said...

Great idea...sounds delicious..thanks for sharing this recipe :)

notyet100 said...

quiet innovative,..thnks for sharin,..

Lakshmi said...

I always make semiya upma..this time around I will try these idlis. Thanks for sharing..

Cham said...

Neat idea to steam the vermicelli :)

jayasree said...

Have heard of semiya idlis. But never got around to making them. I am sure going to try it soon.

Jayashree said...

Lovely idea.

Dibs said...

Thanks Usha, Notyet100, lg, cham and jayshree! :-)

I did not know semia idli was 'uncommon'!

My granny (Chitra amma's mother!) always prepared it!

Dibs said...
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Dibs said...

Wow ...sorry for the typos! We have a Jayasree and Jayashree! :-)))

SMN said...

never had this idli before..looks nice.

Hey wanted a favour frm u just wanted to know how did u make this template three column can u help me on this

Anonymous said...

Never heard of it before.. nice variation.

S.R.Ramachandran said...

this idly prepared my m in law i like very much

Sangeeth said...

this is cool..really cool...great idea re..will try it.

sra said...

Dibs, I've never heard of this, or have I? In any case, it's new now, and I liked the small write-up about your Mom.

anudivya said...

Hey this is a cool idea, I have only heard of Semiya Idli, never tried it! Sounds good :)

anudivya said...

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Have fun doing it!

Anonymous said...

This is so innovative. Will definitely try it...

Dibs said...

Dear All - Thank you for your feedback. I am really surprised as I thought this was quit common!

Sra - This write up is actually by my mom (chitra amma) writing about her mom! :-). Whatever you see in this blog, recipes and write ups, anecdites are all by my mother - Chitra. I just do the editing posting etc :-)))

SMN - Will go to your blog and leabe the link for 3 column rounders template.

ST said...

Very unique and creative recipe:))Sounds awesome and delicious.

YOSEE said...

Long since i made this. Thanx for reminding.