When Satya announced her event, I wanted to try this technique. I have seen this in cakes, but for idlis, I was not sure of the outcome. I didn’t want to use only food colours. So I decided upon beetroot and carrot along with a few drops of food colour. The first idli I prepared was not fully cooked and so when I removed it from the mould, it was mushy and it lost its shape. So the next try was with aluminium foil lined mould. The result was great. I have included step by step pictures. My daughter loves those flowery pattern on the idli. So I didn’t have to try hard to make her eat idli. It is also a healthy version of our regular idli. Sending this to Twist the Tradition- Idli event by Satya.
- Soak rice for 8-10hours.
- Soak dhal for 30 minutes.
- In a wet grinder, grind the dhal till it is smooth and has so many air bubbles.( the more you grind dhal, the softer the idlis)
- Transfer it to a container. Add rice to the grinder and grind it till done.
- Add this rice batter to the dhal batter.
- Add salt and mix it thoroughly.
- Let it ferment over night.
- Extract juice from carrot and beetroot.
- Take 1cup of fermented batter and add the carrot juice and a few drops of orange food colour. The batter should be little thin than the original idli batter.
- Mix another cup of batter with beetroot juice and pink food colour.
- Take white batter and mix little water to bring it to required consistency.
- Grease a cake tin. Cover it completely with foil. Grease it.
- Take 1tbs white batter and pour it in the centre.
- Take a tbs orange batter and pour it in the centre. The orange batter will push the white batter outside.
- Repeat the three colours until the first ring reaches the outer edge of the tin.
- With a tooth pick draw a line from the centre towards the outer edge.
- Draw 8 lines in this manner.
- Now draw lines from outer edge to the centre. This will create a flower pattern.
- Steam cook the idli till a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
- Remove from steam and allow it to cool completely.
- Remove from the foil, and serve with sambar and chutney.
- A very easy method of marbling is also shown.
- Add table spoon full batter of various colours in a greased tin.
- With a tooth pick draw some designs to mix the colours.
- Steam cook and serve.
|Juices mixed with colours
|Add a spoonful in the centre of a greased tin
|Add the next colour in the middle
|Go on adding spoonful of various colours in the centre
|Repeat till the edges are touched
|With a tooth pick drag lines from centre to the outer edge
|Drag lines from outer edge towards centre in between the previous lines
|Add different colour batter one upon the other
|With a tooth pick create some designs
|Steam cook until tooth pick comes out clean
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