Mangalore & Udupi is famous forthis typical amchi breakfast – Mudo along with shallots sambhar. Mudo is a hollow, cylindrical mould woven with a special kind of pine leaves – the screwpine / pandan leaves .The leaves are first withered and then woven ..a special type of thorn is used to hold the mould together . Coconut leaves Petioles or thin bamboo sticks too are used . These moulds are available in shops which sell konkani food items . So you can buy them to steam idli batter . the leaves give the batter a special taste and unique smell . so let’s see how to make this delicious breakfast . Picture & recipe credit – My dear FB friend – Veena Nayak
For the idli batter – soak 1 cup urad dal for five hours .Grind to a smooth fluffy paste . Add two cups rice rawa and grind again to mix well . Leave to ferment overnight . In the morning add salt and mix well .
Wash the moulds well
Arrange them upright and closely packed supporting each other in a steaming vessel ( pressure cooker or pedavan ) after adding water to about 1/4 th level . Now let the water boil .
After the water has started boiling slowly pour the idli batter into the moulds filling upto three- fourths . Don’t touch the moulds as they may tear .
Now cover and steam them for about 20 minutes . Unmould after a little while .
Serve with your choice of dips – Coconut Chutney , Sambhar or idli puddi ( spicy powder )