Wash and soak the lentils and rice overnight or 8 hours atleast.
Grind them with chillies and ginger to a fine paste.
Add bi carb and salt.
Let this mixture stand for 4-5 hours and ferment.
Grease the thali in which you shall steam the Idada, fill it with about 1/3 with the mixture.
Sprinkle some sesame seeds and red chilly powder on top and let it cook for 12-15 min or until it is done.
Once cooked well, cut in shapes of your choice.
In a non stick pan, pour a tbsp of oil, sesame seeds and red chilly powder. Put a few pieces at a time and reduce the heat to low. The idada shall begin to form a nice crust, toss it again and serve with side of your choice. Traditionally, it is served with sesame oil. Pic: Monika Manchanda