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 A little about Idli:
Idli is a south Indian savory cake popular throughout India. The cakes are usually two to three inches in diameter and are made by steaming a batter consisting of fermented black lentils (de-husked) and rice. The fermentation process breaks down the starches so that they are more readily metabolized by the body.

Most often eaten at breakfast or as a snack, idlis are usually served in pairs with chutney, sambar, or other accompaniments. Mixtures of crushed dry spices such as milagai podi are the preferred condiment for idlis eaten on the go.


We are going to use the quick way of making the Idli that is with Sooji or Semonila. This will save us time that would normally be taken up for fermenting.


3 cups of Sooji / Semonila
1 cup yougurt
Chopped chilly - 3
Curry Leaves/ Curry patta- few
Rai seeds/ Mustard Seeds- a pinch
Urad Daal /Vigna mungo

  • Take 1 tspn oil and place in the kadhai/pan
  • Place the sooji in it and fry only uptil you see that the colour changing a little... take it off and set asid to cool.
  • Take the yougurt and add t the sooji once it is cooled, add water to the mixture to get a semi solid batter.
  • Now take the same pan/kadhai add 3 tspn oil to it and then add Rai seeds, curry patta and once they start to spatter add the urad dal to it.
  • Take off the mixture and add to the idli batter and mix well.
  • Now take the Idli stand, you can buy it from the Indian grocery store nearby. Pour the idli into the stand deppressions and close stand.

Pressure Cooker

  • In the pressure cooker put 1 cup of water and then place the idli stand in it.

  • Pressure cook for 15 minutes till the Idli is well made. Make sure you do not put the whistel on it. Let the air go out from the whistle vent...thats ok...

Idli served with Coconut Chutney and Sambar

Hope you enjoy eating it!


Anonymous said...

I absolutely love sambar served with doasai or idli.... unfortunately we do not have an idli pan! They are really neat pans! Glad to make your acquaintance! xo from Wisconsin! Megan @

Struggling to do it All! said...

Hey Megan, Thanks for your responce. Well check out your nearby Indian store, I hope you find the idli stand :)

will check your website and try out your recipies for sure :)

A.M.I.N.A said...

I never knew making Idli is very easy but the problem is I can't find an Idli pan here. Thanks for sharing the recipe, anyway. said...

I've been looking for recipes like yours. Thanks so much for sharing. Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us.


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