It’s a New Year looking at us in the face, and the world is hoping it won’t turn out to be another 2016. Seriously! This year had some really sucking legacy. and 2017 better have some happiness in store. I don’t mean my personal fulfillment. The world needs some instant pick-me-up.
Rest remains unchanged. I am still lazy. Procrastination is still my superpower. I still like my breakfasts fancy and easy to prepare. I still love shortcuts. Now I know that microwaves have gotten a lot of bad press of late, and the advocates of eat-healthy are still frowning at them. But not in this house. I still do an occasional microwave recipe, and I am very happy and still alive, thank you. If I die, I will surely turn up at your door, cry my ghost eyes out, and apologize for my ignorance. But till then, stuff is getting cooked, and eaten. Like this next recipe I am about to share. It’s a lazy cook’s best friend. Get some ready-made idli-batter, pull out some leftovers from the fridge, and just throw it all together for an instant breakfast. I hear no one complaining, and I like that sound.
Sure, this isn’t a gourmet meal. But alarm clock time… Not all of us cooking meals for our families have Michelin Stars waiting for us. Mostly, the food on the table comes with a pre-condition – Eat This Or Starve. So when edible stuff appears, everyone is thankful. These idlis are several notches above edible. They taste good to my simple family. You should definitely try this recipe for your folks.
Stuffed Microwave Idli
A simple, light, quick breakfast recipe.
-2 cups Idli Batter -Few drops of Oil for greasing the idli mould
-2 cups mixed seasonal vegetables (carrots, cauliflower, boiled peas, etc)
-2 green chillies, finely chopped
-5 to 6 curry leaves
-1/2 tsp urad dal (split black lentils)
-1/2 tsp mustard seeds
-1 tbsp oil
-salt and black pepper to taste
- Coarsely mince the mixed vegetables .
- Heat the oil in a non-stick pan, add the green chillies, curry leaves, urad dal and mustard seeds and sauté for a few seconds.
- When the seeds crackle, add the vegetables, salt and pepper, and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Keep the stuffing aside.
- Place a spoonful of the idli batter into each greased idli mould. Place a portion of the stuffing over the idli batter. Pour another spoonful of idli batter to cover the stuffing.
- Steam the idlis in the microwave at 80% power, for 5-6 minutes. Insert a toothpick to check if the idli is well cooked – if it comes out clean, the idli is done. Serve hot with chutney.
For visual instructions, watch this video I shot for AwesomeSauce India.