Soft Idly – Peanut Chutney – South Indian Breakfast Thali-1

Blogging Marathon#15, officially begins today. But the for those like me, whose chose to blog on Traditional Thali Menu, the preparations started a month before.From today I will be Posting Thali Menu for the Next 7 days.  My People @ home had a great time, enjoying the Thali , which I planned & prepped during the Weekends. They now want me Cook Something like this every month, but that request came with a condition, No Detailed Photo-Session PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!! My Hubby even commented that even the photographer in our marriage didn’t shoot  our marriage menu this way.

I have Planned the Menu for the 7 days as Breakfast Thali ( 2 Nos), Lunch Thali (5 nos) 1 Festival Thali and  1 Dinner Thali.  Hope you all find it interesting and enjoy the menu as much as we enjoyed it.

Breakfast Thali1 Menu :
Idly, Ulundu/Urad Dal Vadai, Peanut Chutney, Masoor Dal Sambhar, Vegetable Rawa Khichdi, and Aval Payasam

For Today’s post i m doing Idly and Peanut Chutney

Ingredients For Idly
3 Cups Idly Rice/Ponni Parboiled Rice
a handful of Raw Rice
1/2 Cup+ 2 tbsp Urad Dal
1 tsp of Methi /Fenugreek Seeds  (to be soaked with urad dal)
Salt to taste.
Gingely Oil as required

  • Soak the Rice and Urad Dal separately for 4-5 hours.I usually Soak them Morning and Grind the batter by Afternoon 2 or 3pm.
  • Drain the excess water from Dal-Fenugreek and grind it to a smooth batter, adding little water. When the Ural Dal Batter froths up while grinding, it is considered done. You get the ‘cluck, cluck’ sound (air in-between the batter) while grinding.Transfer it to another Vessel. 
  • Drain the excess water from Rice and Grind it to a smooth batter. 
  • Mix Rice batter with urad dal batter and Give it a good stir.
  • Let it Sit on the Kitchen top Overnight for fermentation. The Vessel should be big enough to hold the fermented batter. I always keep the vessel on a plate, to collect the over-flowing batter.
  • Next Day morning, Mix  the batter well with a laddle and take the required amount of batter for making idly/dosa and Keep the remaining batter in the fridge. 
  • Add Salt and a tbsp of Gingely oil to the batter taken out for making Idly/Dosa. Mix well.
  • Coat the idly plate/mould with gingely oil and pour half ladle of batter in each mould. Steam Cook for 10 minutes or until done. When done, take them out, let it cool for a minute or two. Remove the idlies on to a plate and Serve Hot with Sambhar and Chutney.
  • If you are in a hurry and want to unmould the idly immedialtely, just show the back of the idly plate in running water for 2-3 seconds, it will be easy to unmould them. Do not try to remove the idlies while they are hot, you wont have perfect shaped ildy. What is the Mazza/Kick in a Shape-less Idly!!!!

Ingredient Peanut Chutney
1/4 Cup Peanuts, Skinned
2-3 Red Chilies (you can even use green chilies, i prefer red chilies, gives a good color)
a small piece of tamarind (size of marble/Golly-gundu)
Salt to taste

For tempering
1/4 tsp oil
1/8 tsp Mustard seeds
a pinch of hing


  • Dry roast peanuts.
  • Grind with the rest of ingredients to a smooth paste using 1/4 cup of water. The amount of water depends upon how thick/thin you want your chutney. We prefer our Chutney to be thick. so i add little water while grinding.
This is My Kuttu’s Thali, his Favorite Idly in his Boat Bowl, Peanut Chutney and Pediasure!!!!!
  • Transfer it to a bowl. Heat Oil given under tempering, splutter mustard seeds, add hing and pour it over the Chutney . Enjoy with your Favorite Idly/dosa. I even try to have this chutney mixed with Rice. Love it!!!!!!