Today was a sick day, however, I "self-medicated" with coffee and got the things I needed to get done, done. I am studying for a medical science test, and I must be honest, so far I am doing very well!
L: Autumn harvest stew w/quinoa.
D: Indian feast! Eggplant curry, urad dal curry, pea and mushrooms curry, with cilantro-garlic chutney, and idli! Photos coming soon!
S: Someone bought me double chocolate cookies and I ate them.
D: Green tea! Coffee with/ sugar and almond milk, water.
Dessert: Might have some watermelon.
The feast was already set in motion to make; I have eggplant that couldn't wait because it is best when fresh; I have the idli batter and it is best used when fresh; I had my dear-sweet dad to help me prepare the food!
He chopped up all the eggplant, some hot peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, and the watermelon. The things he will do for curry. He tells me I have earned major brownie points today; eggplant, mushrooms, and spicy foods are his favourite.
I realise idli is not the best thing for the McDougall diet, but once in a while it can't hurt. Here is my NO-FAIL recipe!
1 part split ural dal lentils
2 parts either idli rice or white basmati rice (the white rices are higher in starch)
Rinse these grains very well. I hear you are supposed to soak them seperately, but I do not notice a difference. However, we have a vita mix so that could be the reason. So, soak these overnight.
In the morning give them another rinse, then put them in a high power blender. Add just enough water to cover (you can add water but you can't take it away, so if your blender complains too much add more water). Blend on high for about 30 seconds, the batter should feel grainy but have no big lumps in in.
Stick this in a very clean container with the lid only slightly open. Let this sit overnight. In the morning stick it in the fridge until you plan to use it, leave it any longer and it might go bad. If it is discoloured, I found you can scrape it off but it it probably not a good idea.
The tell-tale sign of a good batter is after a couple of hours in the fridge (Like 5 or 6) it should start to smell like yogurt. Add some salt, to taste.
So, this can be served three ways:
Place in a mold and steam for 10 minutes for idli.
Add ginger, cayenne, cumin, and corriander and make uttappa. Place some sliced red onion in a non-stick pan, add seeded and diced tomato that has been patted dry. Add the mixture and cook on low like a pancake. Flip and cook a little longer. Voila! Indian pizza!
Finally, spread the batter flat on a non-stick pan and POOF you have DOSAS!!!