How to make Idli -

This South Indian breakfast snack is very healthy and now it is enjoyed all over India and even outside our country

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Parboiled rice (ukda chawal) (उकड़ा चावल), Split skinless black gram (dhuli urad dal)

Cuisine : South Indian

Course : Snacks and Starters


Idli Recipe Card


Hindi: chawal
How many times have we thought rice is a blessing? We use it for holy purposes but we also can pressure up a quick pulao or khichdi when hunger pangs are drumming away! This is one grain that is about 98% percent digestible. In India we are familiar with Basmati, Patna or brown rice but it is also available as Italian Rice and Glutinous Rice which is popular in Chinese and Japanese cuisines.

Prep Time : 1-2days

Cook time : 21-25 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Idli Recipe

  • Parboiled rice (ukda chawal) 1 cup

  • Split skinless black gram (dhuli urad dal) 1/2 cup

  • Fenugreek seeds (methi dana) 1/4 teaspoon

  • Sea salt to taste

  • Sesame oil for greasi for drizzling

  • Coconut chutney to serve

  • Sambhar to serve


Step 1

Soak parboiled rice, split black gram and fenugreek seeds in sufficient water in separate bowls for 10-12 hours. Drain and grind separately till smooth.

Step 2

Transfer all the pastes into a large bowl, add sea salt and mix well and set aside in a warm place to ferment for 10-12 hours.

Step 3

Heat 1½ cups of water in idli steamer. Grease idli mould with sesame oil and pour a ladleful of batter in the mould and tap it once.

Step 4

Place the idli mould in the steamer, cover and cook for 10-15 minutes. Remove from steamer and drizzle a little sesame oil on top of each idli.

Step 5

De-mould and place them on separate serving plates and serve hot with coconut chutney and sambhar.

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