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You can do 3 dishes with one batter. This saves you time and for 3 days you need not get confused with what to do for dinner in your busy schedule. This tastes absolutely great with spicy chutney, coconut chutney and  even sambar too. A Variation from normal idli but with lots of protein. Here are those 3 dishes you can make with single batter. 


Ingredients :

Idli rice - 3 cups
Toor dhal - 1 1/2 cups
Urad dhal -  1 cup 

Method :

1. Soak the urad dhal separately and rice,toor dhal together for 3 hrs at least.
2. Grind the urad dhal separately to fine batter.
3. Then grind the rice and dhal not too fine slightly coarse. Mix urad dhal with this mixture add salt and mix well.
4. Ferment this overnight.
5. You can make idlis with this by pouring in the idli moulds and steam for 10 to 12 minutes. 
6. Serve with hot garlic chutney, sambar or tomato chutney.
7. For dosas you can use the same batter and pour ladle full over the hot iron skillet like normal dosas. Add tsp of oil and flip towards other side. Roast until crisp. Add tsp of ghee at the end if you are not bothering about diet. Serve with chutney. 

Note :

1. If you think the Urad dhal is not fresh or foamy while grinding.  Add 1/4 tsp of baking soda to the batter before keeping idli.

For Making Upma

Ingredients :

Batter - 2 cups
Red chillies - 4
Cummin seeds - 2 tsp
Asafoetida - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Red chillies - 2 (for seasoning)
Onion - 1 chopped fine
Mustard, urad dhal - 1 tsp for seasoning Salt oil as required

Method :

1. Powder the red chillies,cumin and asafoetida very fine add to the batter let it rest for 1/2 hr.
2. Make idlies out of this batter and cool it.
3. Once cooled crumble it using your hand.
4. Now heat oil in the frying pan add the mustard, urad dhal, red chillies and curry leaves one by one.
5. Saute onion till light brown. 5. Add the crumbled idli podi add to this and slight roast it for few seconds.
6. Serve hot with raw onions.

Note :

1. Idli batter has to be fermented will to get soft idlies.
2. Depends on the quality of urad dhal you can get the fluffy idlies otherwise add pinch of soda while making idlies..myself I will not use it.
3. For dosas and upma need not add soda.
4. while making upma you can add any greens of your choice like amaranth, spring onion(green part),drumstick leaves. I have added spring onion.
5. Add the greens in the batter itself and make idlies.


Ingredients :

Green chillies - 10
Garlic pods - 5 to 6  normal size
Tamarind extract - 1 1/2 tbsp
Salt as needed
Curry leaves
Mustard - 2 tsp
Sesame oil (Nallennai) - 4 tbsp

Method :

1. Grind green chillies. Add garlic , tamarind and salt grind to fine paste.
2. Check for sourness and add little more if u need it.
3. Season it with mustard and curry leaves with more oil.

Another perfect match for this idli is garlic chutney which I have posted earlier. This is great combo with this idli compared to green chilli chutney. Green chilli chutney suits for out normal dosa and idli. Clicl here to view the Garlic chutney.

Unknown  – (July 28, 2009 at 2:41 PM)  

Pavithra never tried Idli with Toor Dal. All three dishes are very nice. Nice presentation.

Christo Gonzales  – (July 28, 2009 at 2:53 PM)  

I would so love to taste your delicious creations - It wont be the same if I make them - beautiful

Faiza Ali  – (July 28, 2009 at 3:30 PM)  

Oh wow ! All those dishes are looking so so delicious. Never tried idli with Toor dhaal. And yeah very nice presentation dear :)

Padma  – (July 28, 2009 at 3:57 PM)  

What a nice way to use the same batter into 3 different dishes.. too good Pavithra... I have tried toor dal idli... looks yummy :)

Mangala Bhat  – (July 28, 2009 at 4:07 PM)  

Wow! cool recipes ..nicely presented as always ...:) Keep rocking bebe

Parita  – (July 28, 2009 at 4:16 PM)  

All the dishes look fantastic! as usual lovely presentation!

Anonymous –   – (July 28, 2009 at 4:30 PM)  

dosai maharani nu thiruppi prove panniteenga. super

Sanghi  – (July 28, 2009 at 7:49 PM)  

Yummy yummmy spread of dishes dear..! Extending FIL till 31st this month.. send more entries dear!:)

Anupama  – (July 28, 2009 at 8:13 PM)  

Very innovative idea for a nutritious meal... I bet all 3 of them taste awesome :-)

Raks  – (July 28, 2009 at 8:33 PM)  

Dint knew that we can make idly and umpma with toor dal,thats so new to me,thanks for the recipes:)

Rekha shoban  – (July 28, 2009 at 9:15 PM)  

nice presentation...different and new recipe

Anu  – (July 28, 2009 at 9:34 PM)  

Looks delicious... Nice presentation.....
Never tried idly with Toor dal will try soon.......

Bhawna  – (July 28, 2009 at 9:37 PM)  

Excellent recipes, ur idlies looks so soft and perfect,With one stone killing three birds same time...amazing. Oh! girl, ur presentation U really deserve mosr kreative award. Congratulations.

Guntur tuahta  – (July 28, 2009 at 9:40 PM)  

Thanks for the recipes. I will make by my self

Pooja  – (July 28, 2009 at 9:54 PM)  

Wow 3 dishes in one! Everything looks so delicious! Awesome presenation too :) Never had upma this way!

Madman  – (July 28, 2009 at 10:12 PM)  

the pics make me drool i will mom to take a look at this and try.

kittymatti  – (July 28, 2009 at 10:39 PM)  

hehe, real cool stuff~ as usual great job Pavithra

Anuradha –   – (July 28, 2009 at 10:56 PM)  

How many varieties of dosa do you know??? ooooooooo. This sounds so nice!!

chef and her kitchen  – (July 28, 2009 at 10:57 PM)  

we do make dosa n upma with toordal n rice combo...but this additional idli is a double bonanaza offer...sorry triple bonanaza offer..:)
Lovely dishes and nice chutney dear..
Keep passing your treasures to us!!

Suparna  – (July 28, 2009 at 10:57 PM)  

hi Pavithra,
Tha's a very useful batter I must say :) great way to use it up in 3 different ways :) lovely presentation and superb recipes.
God Bless

Anonymous –   – (July 28, 2009 at 11:18 PM)  

Wow..thats a brilliant idea and brilliant post !! Looks delicious and rich too..healthy.

jayasree  – (July 28, 2009 at 11:33 PM)  

A different recipe for idli. 3 dishes with the same batter is interesting. You can save yourself from repeating the menu. Lovely presentation.

Unknown  – (July 28, 2009 at 11:40 PM)  

Wow..never tried idli with toordal.Sure looks delicious. Will try it soon:).

Saritha  – (July 28, 2009 at 11:50 PM)  

Very innovative three tiffins with one batter,sounds interesting :)

ARUNA  – (July 29, 2009 at 1:22 AM)  

amazing clicks and great presentation as usual dear!!!

lata raja  – (July 29, 2009 at 1:50 AM)  

I know how convenient that we can dish out three dishes from one basic batter!

Divya Kudua  – (July 29, 2009 at 1:56 AM)  

A very very innovative dish Pavithra..first of all,adding toor dal to the regular idli batter is something totally new to me.Making idlies and then making upma out of it is a great idea..:)

Valarmathi Sanjeev  – (July 29, 2009 at 3:49 AM)  

all looks so good and yummy. Neat presentation.

Pari Vasisht  – (July 29, 2009 at 4:27 AM)  

Wow Great job for yor 3 in 1 recipe. have never tried tuvar daal. Must try for me. Thanks for sharing.

Dibs  – (July 29, 2009 at 7:05 AM)  

Very bery unique! Will surely try this out. I am wondering if the upma will taste something like paruppu curry!!

Dibs  – (July 29, 2009 at 7:06 AM)  

that was 'very' ...typo :-)))

Anonymous –   – (July 29, 2009 at 7:32 AM)  

wow pavithra, I love ur idli upma.. And my mom makes an equivalent of the green chilli chutney which we make now a days for dosa.

Vrinda  – (July 29, 2009 at 8:40 AM)  

I too do the same Pavitra,dosa with left over idli batter.. and upma with leftover idlies,but never tried idlies with toor daal..3 in one,great job...

EC  – (July 29, 2009 at 10:57 AM)  

You have presented each one of them so beautifully..this is surely a must try post for me..

Nithya  – (July 29, 2009 at 11:10 AM)  

Coincidence that both of us posted a little similar dish today. :)

Its an awesome idea to make all the three.. nice variety. looks yummy anni.. :)

Pam  – (July 29, 2009 at 11:29 AM)  

Another tasty dish with beautiful presentation!  – (July 29, 2009 at 12:02 PM)  

3 dishes in one batter. Wow. Addition of toor dal is new to me.

Abhilash Pillai  – (July 29, 2009 at 1:02 PM)  

Pavithra... thanks for the comments...

I never saw idli made with toor daal... How is it to taste... Seems to be attractive by the picture...

And 3 dishes in a post... is it a bumper bonanza for the food lovers...?

Rush  – (July 29, 2009 at 1:27 PM)  

i must say u are by far the best idli dosa combis ive evar seen.

regarding the time of the year to visit Yellowstone.
For us, we were on our own..we didnt take any tours. But, what we did is - we stopped at the Madison Visitor centre and met up with this ranger who guided us how we should plan our 2 day trip..not all rangers are the same, so i have listed out the places u must visit in the blog..once u are there, its very easy to figure out what to do!!

But i also suggest u go thru this -

they are free ranger led program timetable which u can download and accordingly plan ur day..they will talk u the walk and will b very informative.

Have loads of fun!!!
any other details u need in particular, just email me..will be more than glad to help u plan ur trip.

Pavithra Elangovan  – (July 29, 2009 at 1:32 PM)  

Thanks rush will surely note down what u said..

Rosa's Yummy Yums  – (July 29, 2009 at 1:50 PM)  

I love your presentation! Beautiful! Everything looks so flavorful and temptingly exotic!



Anonymous –   – (July 29, 2009 at 2:41 PM)  

Idli looks soo soft...never tried
toor dal idli...wat a presentation dear!

Nithya Praveen  – (July 29, 2009 at 3:37 PM)  

I loved all the recipes...but the green chili chutney was the one which amused me the most.Never tried them...yummy ones!

Preety  – (July 29, 2009 at 6:00 PM)  

nice recipes to try with toor dal..

Shri  – (July 29, 2009 at 10:17 PM)  

The combination of idlis and toor dal is totally new to me.Your Pics and presentation looks great..I should try this recipe!

Uma  – (July 30, 2009 at 1:01 AM)  

Wow, 3 in 1 sounds great Pavithra! all the dishes look mouth-watering.

Archana  – (July 30, 2009 at 5:24 AM)  

This is really new...never tried with tur dal...and upma with the batter is very innovative and really useful !

Pooja  – (August 16, 2009 at 6:51 AM)  

i'm sure to try these ! they look so tempting dear !

kitchen queen  – (August 16, 2009 at 2:12 PM)  

Hi ur toor dal idli dosa and upma is interesting.I make idli with rice and urad dal. this will be a refreshing change. You can visit my blog view my recipes and give ur comments

Irene  – (August 28, 2009 at 10:02 AM)  


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?  – (December 30, 2009 at 7:53 PM)  

Loved the Idli presentation. Good Recipe!

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