Microwaved Idlis & Honey Lemonade

I can never get tired of the good old Idlis. But every now and then, I crave some variation in this early morning staple. I grew up on the regular Rawa idlis that used to be my mother's Sunday morning quick breakfast. As an adult, I have played with her simple recipe, sometimes stuffing the idlis with spicy vegetables or minced meat. It's amazing what an dash of unusual flavor does to your idli. Suddenly, you cannot make them fast enough, as they disappear off the serving dishes as soon as they come out of your kitchen. And I love it when that happens. Food that gets eaten fast, and gets you appreciation by the mouthfuls!

This very simple recipe involves your regular idli mix, a microwave idli maker, some juicy chicken sausages, and a few minutes in the morning. I served it with freshly made Honey Lemonade, and it was a super hit with the family. 

  • 500 gms ready idli mix, you can get this at your local grocers
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4-5 chicken sausages, steamed and chopped
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 1 small carrot, chopped
·         Add 1 tbsp oil to the pan. Once it heats up, add the steamed sausages, onions and carrot to the oil. Sprinkle salt over the stir fry, cover and cook for a couple of minutes. Remove from heat.
·         Brush some oil on the bowls of your microwave idli stand, and spoon in some idli mix into each section. Top it up with half a teaspoon full of the sausage mix.
·         Cover with the lid, and microwave the idlis as per the manufacturer’s instructions. My idli stand takes about 5-6 minutes of cooking at 80 % power.
·         Serve hot. 

Organic Forest Honey Lemonade
3/4 cup of organic honey. I use “Under The Mango Tree”.
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juce
4 cups cold water
Ice cubes
Some mint leaves to garnish

  • Blend the honey, lemon juice, ice cubes and water together in a pitcher.
  • Stir  the mix till everything blends together.
  • Pour out into tall glasses, or recycled bottles, garnish with mint leaves and serve chilled. 

Lemon is an antioxidant which deactivates the free radicals preventing many dangerous diseases like stroke, cardiovascular diseases and cancers.

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