Friday, April 22, 2011

Mini Masala Fried Idlis with Peppers and Peas

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Day5 of BM#4: An interesting conversation between myself and my bossy 3-yr old-
A: Mom, what is your problem?
Me: What's the matter, A?
A: Take me to the library. I want Max and Ruby book.
Me: Hold on, Pudding. We will go in a bit, ok?
A: (2 seconds later) Mom, come away from the computer. Its your last warning.
Me: Puttu, you can't talk to mommy like that.
A: Yes Mommy. I will put you in the the Dirty Water(Storm Drain) and you will stay there until you are 60-yrs old.
Me:(At loss for words..wondering where this is all coming from) We will go after you are done with your snack. Okay, pudding?
***An hour later..he has forgotten the trip to Library. He lifts his T-shirt and touches his belly-button while I am chilling with a cookbook) ***
A: Mommy, what is this?
Me: Its a belly-button, Pudding
A: I want to hold that belly-button.
Me: You may touch it, feel it but you can't hold it A.
A: (After some thought) I want 2 belly-button, 3 belly-button, 4 belly-button
Me: You can't have that many, Pudding. Everyone has "just one". Be happy with the one you have, okay?
A: (After some thought) I want to go buy belly-buttons in the shop. Mommy, lets go to Stop & Shop.
Me: LoL, LoL, LoL. They don't sell belly-buttons in stores. Okay? But they sure sell veggies. Go get your coat, A. We will go get some peppers for your num-num.
*** Off we go! The End ***

A few other Hilarious quotes of my little boy:
  • Daddy is a Mad Dog, I am a happy puppy (My favorite)
  • Mommy, clean this poo-poo-ness (After a potty session, My least favorite, LoL)
  • Timeout for you Mommy. That's your patience (He can't say "punishment" yet)
  • Mommy, can you be Princess Fiona?? (He says this after he picks out a nice outfit for me. The kid knows only one Princess and that's from Shrek movie. The kid doesn't grasp the concept that she is also an Ogre Fiona)
Anyways, I make this colorful dish for A to snack on or even as a breakfast. This recipe goes with the assumption that people have "Idli batter" handy. I am surprised that I haven't posted an Idli("Steamed Rice Cakes")  recipe yet!  

And hey folks, Happy Earth Day 2011. To the Christians around the world, Have a reflective Good Friday! To my sweet loving Mom, Happy Birthday!
  • 18 Mini Idlis
  • 1 Small Yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Red, Yellow and Orange Peppers
  • 1/8 Cup Green Peas
  • 1 Stalk Curry Leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp Oil
  • Salt as needed
  • Make Idlis from the Idli batter. 
  • In a skillet, heat the oil and add the mustard seeds. Once they start sputtering, add the chopped onion and the chopped peppers. Saute until the onions are browned and the peppers are shrunk.
  • Add the green peas, curry leaves, turmeric powder, chili powder and salt and give a good stir.
  • Add the steamed "mini idlis" to the pan.
  • Toss about until they are all mixed.
  • Move it to the plate and get ready to dig in.

On a lazy day, I just chop the regular-sized idlis and fry them with the spices minus the Veggies and they look like this-

Makes 2 Servings.

Check out the Blogging Marathoners doing (Group 3) BM#4 along with me-
Diabetes Diet/Management: Kamalika, Smitha, Suma
Kid Friendly Recipes: Anusha, Cool Lassi(e)
Seven Days of Soup: Priya Suresh
Seven Days of Indian Bread: Jayasree, Pavani
Seven Days of Cakes:  Priya Vasu
Seven Days of Preserves: Gayathri Kumar, Vaishali
30 Minutes Meals: Priya Mahadevan, Sriv

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  1. Wow, I'm actually craving for some of these now..

  2. Awww. you should have taken him to the library. Max and ruby were "my" favorite books! :D

    Your fried idlis look yummmmmmmmm.

  3. Your 3 yr old seriously eats that?..I am totally impressed..:) and he is very cute with his lang..m 4 yr olds won't touch idli..:((

  4. love the mom-son exchange - yes kids do say the darnedest things :) I have one sitting on the potty as I write this whining about wanting to be a princess and not wear the weather-appropriate pans I've set out for her- lolz
    Happy earth day to you too- have that on my draft as well and wish your mom a wonderful and blessed day :)
    This is a wonderful snack idea and looks devourable! - This is the second time in as many days I am seeing this marvelous multi idli mold! Where can I get those - I am suffering from idli thatu envy!!!!

  5. Conversation with your kid is so cute. Stir fried idlis look really tasty and colourful.

  6. Kids can get away from anything they say, right? Love these idlis..button idlis are a blessing to me :)
    Happy Earth day to you too! I am a Believer n Follower of Recycling!!

  7. Stir fried idlis looks very delicious and colorful too.

  8. i shall wait to make them for my 4yr old grand daughter wen she visits me...she will love it..peppers i m dobtful...n ya u must record these conversations..its nostalgic after a few years:))

  9. I too make this version.
    Among all that funny banter, I am amazed to realize that he understands his numbers. He has indeed chosen a number that gives you a lengthy punishment. :)

  10. Happy birthday to your MOm gal!!!
    idlis looks so tempting.?? u got that mini idli plate from India?? when ever i go to saravana bhavan in NYC , i order mini idlis in those..i have been looking for that plate here , and i couldnt find it..

  11. That is so innovative N. Love the idea. Now, I have to buy the mould for mini idlis :)

  12. Aww he sounds adorable! And this dish looks delicious!

  13. Happy Birthday to your mom...and these idlis are looking so cute.

  14. Great..very fulfilling snack..this is what i always look gor in snack recipes. ..healthy as well..thanks for sharing

  15. Lovely conservation between ur and ur 3 year old the way he talk,soo cute..

    Those idlies with pepper and peas looks damn delicious..

  16. So cute, loved reading your mom-son conversation. Mini idlis also look extremely cute and yummy.

  17. Lassie, your son is too cute...Love the mini idlis :)

  18. Love ur conversation.....tasty and colorful idli stir-fry!!

  19. wow cool is that? i love the look they have....i don't have that mini idli pan...but i would love to try this with regular idlis...:)

  20. It is nice to read mom son conversations. Happy birthday to your mom. fried masala idly looks dleicious.

  21. haha that is so darn cute :)
    i love these grandmom used to make them with leftover idli

  22. looks very colorful and yummy! CL///makes for a yummy snack and maybe a light lunch or dinner..Good one for kids too!
    Smitha's Spicy Flavors

  23. Idli looks very inviting!!! I dont mind having these cuties!!!!
    My Little Devil too love's to talk only when i m busy with something else!!!!But he never wants to get disturbed while doing his things!!!!

  24. Very inviting dish!!!

    Ur kiddooo is really a cutteee ...


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