Idli~~ Old wine in a new bottle!

Idli ~ new wine ...

Idli ~ new wine …

My daughters’ complaints are basically centred on idli and dosa. For me it’s a healthy fast food for them its punishment. Dosa they are ready to eat if I have made them after a long time but getting them to eat idlis is like getting your teeth extracted without anaesthesia! I know I am exaggerating but then it feels like that.

So I was pleasantly surprised when Apeksha helped herself with this idli.

I am grateful to the Taj Vegetarian Fare that my friends Mahesh & Sangita have given me.  I will also like to thank Padma for giving me the idli rice that is not available in Goa so I could make lovely soft delicious idlis. The next time however I am going to make these as mini idlis instead of the standard sized ones.

These are a colourful addition to a party table are they not?

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For The Idli Batter:

  • 1 Cup urid dal/ split white black gram
  • 3 cups idli rice or idli rava
  • 1 tsp salt

For the curry leaf powder

  • 100g curry leaves
  • 25 g split Bengal gram (channa dal)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tblspn split white gram (urid dal)
  • 15 g whole dry chillies

For the podi spice

  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 50 g split Bengal gram (channa dal)
  • 25 g slit white gram (urid dal)
  • A pinch of asafoetida
  • 20 g dry whole red chillies
  • Salt to taste
  • Ghee
  • Toothpicks
  • Red chillies


To make the idli batter:

  •  Wash and Soak the rice and the urid dal separately for minimum 8 hours in 7 times its volume in water.
  • Drain the water grind the urid dal to a fine paste.  Grind the rice in a coarse paste.
  •  Mix both the rice and dal pastes add salt and leave it aside for 8-12 hours to ferment at room temperature.
  • Pour the fermented batter in a greased idli mould and steam for 20 minutes.
  • Cool and remove from the moulds. Set aside.

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For the curry leaf idlis:

  • Dry roast all the ingredients for the curry leaf powder and grind to a coarse paste.
  • Heat 2 tblspn ghee and mix with curry leaf powder.
  • Toss in the idlis gently season and set aside.

For the podi spice idlis:

  • Dry roast all the ingredients for the podi and grind to a coarse paste.
  • Heat 2 tblspn ghee and mix with podi powder stir.
  • Remove from heat Toss in the idlis gently and set aside. Reserve.

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To serve:


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16 thoughts on “Idli~~ Old wine in a new bottle!

  1. Sandhya Ramakishnan April 5, 2013 at 7:32 am Reply

    So cute and colorful! Kids love it when they get everything in one bite. Mini idlies would work great.

  2. savitha April 5, 2013 at 10:50 am Reply

    Making kids eat is a tough task.

  3. Gayathri Kumar April 5, 2013 at 11:04 am Reply

    Looks so yummy Archana. I am a fan of idli powder and curry leaf powder. Coating the idlis with the powders is a great idea…

  4. Sowmya April 5, 2013 at 11:15 am Reply

    Oh I love idlis… but to make kids eat is like running a marathon!!!!
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  5. Vaishali Sabnani April 5, 2013 at 1:45 pm Reply

    They look tempting Arcana, like the gloss of the ghee on the idlis.

  6. Srivalli April 5, 2013 at 5:41 pm Reply

    Ah finally can comment..very lovely idlis Archana..I can eat idlis in any form and colour!

  7. foodiliciousnan April 5, 2013 at 6:39 pm Reply

    Old wine in new bottle indeed! Piercing them with red chili and toothpick for party = cool idea!

  8. harini April 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm Reply

    I agree that mini idlis would work an excellent way to use idlis in parties!

  9. Rajani April 6, 2013 at 1:47 am Reply

    Lovely new way of presenting these 🙂 Really old idlis in new form 🙂

  10. Mythreyi April 6, 2013 at 6:19 pm Reply

    Love the Title Archana! First time checking your WordPress.. Looking Nice… !

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

  11. Pavani April 8, 2013 at 7:10 am Reply

    What a delicious way to spruce/spice up good old idlis. They look colorful and spicy. Yumm.

  12. manju April 9, 2013 at 12:59 am Reply

    Can survey this only food for months.

  13. preeti2kitchen April 10, 2013 at 12:54 pm Reply

    What a wonderful and delicious recipe. thanks for sharing with us.

  14. pinksocks April 22, 2013 at 2:09 pm Reply

    How I wish I could have picked one and munched on.

  15. Suma Gandlur May 1, 2013 at 3:23 am Reply

    Loved the twist. We usually go with urad and rice in the ratio of 1:2.

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