I had a few beets lying around. I didn't want to add them to the sambar, because it would take away the color of the greens I was using there. I added them to my idlis and got a lovely color.
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My recipe for beetroot idlis-
For idli batter-
1 cup rice flour
1 cup rava
1 cup curd
1 cup water
Mix all the above ingredients and keep aside for an hour.
You will need later-
2 tsps baking soda / fruit salt (Eno)
salt to taste
Meanwhile, prepare beetroots-
1 medium sized beet- Grate and pressure-cook for one whistle.
Grease your idli plates, to the batter, add the cooked beetroots, salt and baking soda. Pour spoonfuls into the idli plate and steam idlis.
Serve hot with Sambar or chutney.
I think the color would be better if the beets are ground.