This is one of the famous recipe of kanchipuram.Its also called kudalai idli.
|3 pinch||Asafoetida powder|
|10 nos||Cashew nuts|
|2 tsp||Cumin seeds|
|1 tsp||Pepper corns|
|2 tbsp||Bengal gram|
|2 tbsp||Urad dal|
|500 g||Idli batter|
|1 tsp||Ghee to grease|
Heat oil in a pan ,add urad dal and bengal gram.fry them till golden brown.Now add pepper and cumin seeds.roast them till the pepper starts to crackle.fry the cashews seperately and add all the fried mixtures to the idli batter.mix well adding little asfoetida powder and baking soda .Pour the batter inside the greased tumbler.steam as you cook regular idlis for 10-15 mins.
To check if the idlis are cooked, wet a knife and just pierce it through the idli,if it is cooked you will notice that the knife would be non sticky.once its done allow the idlis to cool down.
To take the idlis from the mold,put a knife and just cut along the rim till you reach the bottom.Now if u turn upside down ,you will get the a tumbler shaped idli.serve it with idli podi or mint chutney.
you can add green chilis and ginger if you like it.
while grinding the idli batter see to it that the rice is corsely grinded.
baking soda is optional.