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In our family, we love to celebrate Indian Independence day and Republic day each year with some tricolour food. In addition to attending the flag hoisting and watching our national parade on TV, this has become a practice at our home. My children look forward to this. It also shows that, we value this day and not just look at it as just a holiday. The memories will remain fresh in their memories for many years even when they become adults.
This year we made tricolour idlis and dosas for dinner. To bring out the orange and green colour, I have added tomato and cilantro chutney. It not only adds color but also gives flavored idlis. I hope you try these colorful idlis and enjoy.
Video Instructions for Tricolour Idli/ Dosa
Recipe For Tricolour Idli & Dosa
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
For Orange Color
- Bangalore Tomato - 1 big
- Kashmiri Red Chilies - 2 or 3
For Green Color
- Cilantro (and /or Mint Leaves) - 1 cup
- Green Chilly - 1
Tricolor Idli/Dosa Batter
- Take the required portion of the idli batter and divide it into three equal parts. I have taken 3 cups of idli batter and divided in 3 bowls with 1 cup of batter each.
- Keep one part as such for the white color of the tiranga idli/dosa.
For Orange Colour
- Chop the tomatoes into chunks.
- Saute the tomatoes and kashmiri red chilies for just a couple of minutes for the raw taste to go.
- Cool it and grind it to a smooth paste with little water.
- Mix it with one portion of the batter to make the orange color of the tiranga idli/dosa.
For Green Colour
- Chop the cilantro (or mint leaves) roughly.
- Saute it with the green chilies for just a couple of minutes to remove the raw flavor.
- Cool it and grind it to a smooth paste.
- Mix it with the third portion of the batter to make the green color of the tiranga idli/ dosa.
To make the tricolour Idlis
- Heat water in a idli pot and grease the idli plates.
- Pour the idli batter in the molds. You can pour each colour batter in a different mold to make separate idlis with the three batters and arrange it in tri color as shown in the picture below.
- The other option is to pour 1 tbsp of each colour batter in a single mould to get the tricolour flag pattern. I have demonstrated this tricoloured idli in the video.
To Make The Tri-Colour Dosa
- Heat a dosa griddle. Add few drops of oil and wipe it with a kitchen towel or paper towel.
- Pour 1/4 of a ladle of the orange batter and spread it into a semi circle.
- Next add 1/4 of a ladle of the white batter and spread it to make the middle portion of the dosa.
- Finally pour the green batter and make the lower semi circle.
- Drizzle few drops of oil over the dosa.
- After few minutes when one side of the dosa is cooked, flip the dosa. Cook the other side too. Make your yummy tricolor dosas.
To make it more interesting serve it with tricolor chutney - kaara chutney, coconut chutney and ridgegourd chutney.
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