Saturday 30 June 2012

Healthy Breakfast-Carrot Idli/Dosa

Breakfast options worry every wife and mother. Every morning the same question knocks on your head and makes you wonder ''Aaj kya banaye?'' For mums its all the more a challenge to make food nutritious as well as tasty. We all struggle to bring variety which suits our palate onto the table.
Most of the times things aren't as difficult as they look. A little effort and prior preparation can make a boring recipe quick, healthy and interesting.
This post is also to affirm that me, vishal and vaanya cook and eat healthy food too. I have been blogging so much about sinful delights that it was time to post a healthy one. Our kitchen is very experimental as Vishal & I keep encouraging each other to try new recipes with new ingredients and techniques. But our everyday food is so basic that we  feel its too simple to share. Probably thats the reason we haven't blogged on everyday recipes till now.
This recipe uses a store bought batter to make healthy breakfast which reduces the workload and makes it quick. I am also sharing a quick and easy recipe to make sambhar and coconut chutney.
Ingredients: For carrot Idli/Dosa
  • 2 cups store bought idli/dosa batter
  • 1 cup carrot puree
  • 2 tbsp chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp chopped green chilly(optional)
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 1tsp chana dal
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • salt to taste
Grate a carrot and blend with little water in a mixer to get 1 cup puree. Mix with 2 cups idli batter. Add chopped onions and green chilly. Add salt to taste.
Take 1 tbsp oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal and curry leaves. Add this to the batter.
Grease lightly idli moulds (you can use a dhokla mould too) and put the batter. Steam for 15 mins.
If using dhokla mould cut in different shapes using a cookie cutter.
(I made 8 idlis. With the remaining batter I made dosa by spreading the same mixture on an oiled tawa)

Ingredients: For coconut chutney
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 1 tbsp roasted chana dal
  • 1 green chilly
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 8-10 curry leaves
  • 1 dried red chilly roughly chopped
Add roasted chana dal (dry roast in a pan or tawa), green chilly, salt and little water to grated coconut and blend in a mixer.
Take 1 tbsp oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, curry leaves and dried red chilly and add this to the coconut chutney.

Ingredients: For sambhar
  • 1 cup arhar dal(also called toovar, toor dal)
  • Chopped vegetables of your choice. I used carrot and drumstick. You can use eggplant or lady finger
  • 4 tbsp tamarind pulp
  • 1 tbsp sambhar masala
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 1 onion  chopped 
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree(or 1 tomato chopped)
Boil arhar dal with chopped vegetables and salt to taste in a pressure cooker. After 1 whistle, lower the flame and let it cook for 8-10 mins.
Mix tamarind pulp with salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and sambhar powder to make a thick paste. Keep aside.
In a pan take 1 tbsp oil and add mustard seeds, curry leaves. When it splutters add chopped onion. As the onion turns translucent add tomato puree. Let it cook for some time till the oil separates.
Now add the tamarind paste and cook for a minute.
Add the boiled dal with vegetables and add some water to attain the consistency you want.

Happy Eating


  1. Such awesome pictures. Carrot idli looks delicious. I usually make idli with spinach. My take made one of the early posts on the blog

    1. Thanks Hetal .. you are so inspiring. Just checked your spinach idli version ..awesome and so healthy.
      Keep posting great stuff.



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