Idly / Dosa / Gund pongal (yerappe/mulka – in konkani) are one of the best soft foods that can be given to kids. The ingredients used to prepare this batter is almost the same.One should only take care of the proportion and the batter consistency. Can be given for both breakfast and as evening snacks.My mom always says,’Growing kids need a little extra calories for all those gymnastics they do. So don’t just get done with rusk/biscuits for snacks, give him something more solid.’
Rice : An excellent source of carbohydrates, low in fat, cholesterol, gluten free.Rice is also rich in essential amino acids and some of them are needed in times of stress.
Urad dal : A rich protein source .The best benefit of urad dal is that it enhances digestion because of its rich fiber content. It boasts of two kinds of dietary fiber including insoluble and soluble fiber .The soluble fiber normally quickens digestion while the insoluble fiber aids in preventing constipation and increasing stool bulk.
Methi seeds/fenugreek seeds : Fenugreek seeds aid in improving digestion and curing constipation. They are rich in protein, vitamin C, niacin, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, iron and sodium.
- 1.5 cup Rice
- 1 cup Urad dal
- 3-4 methi seeds
- salt to taste
Soak Rice + Urad dal +Methi seeds for 10- 12 hours
Add water little by little , and grind everything together to a fine batter.The consistency of the batter should be thick.Add salt to batter and mix well
Leave the batter to ferment for an other 10- 12 hours .Add the batter in Idly steamer and steam for about 15-20 mins
Note : I soak the ingredients @ 9:00 A.M and grind it @ 9:00 P.M and then use the batter the next day @ 9:00 A.M.So its worth the wait,this 24 hr process will give your kid those soft Idlys.