How to make Shrimp Idli -

Non vegetarian avatar of idlis.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe has featured on the show Khanakhazana.

Main Ingredients : Shrimp (श्रिंप/ छोटा झींगा), Parboiled Rice (उकड़ा चावल)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Snacks and Starters

Shrimp Idli

Shrimp Idli Recipe Card


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 7-8 hour

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Shrimp Idli Recipe

  • Shrimp 1 cup

  • Parboiled Rice 1/2 cup

  • Salt to taste

  • Shrimps deveined cleaned 1 cup

  • Prawns (kolambi/jhinga) deveined cleaned 12 medium

  • Whole dry red chillies crushed 1/2 teaspoon

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 2 tablespoons

  • Oil 2 tablespoons


Step 1

Wash and soak the rice and urad dal separately for at least four hours. Drain and grind dal to a fine paste and rice to a coarse paste using very little water. Mix both the pastes and add sufficient water to make a batter of dropping consistency.

Step 2

Allow it to ferment for four to five hours or overnight, covered, in a warm place. Heat sufficient water in a steamer. Add salt, crushed red chillies, coriander leaves and shrimps and mix well.

Step 3

Lightly grease the idli moulds with oil. Pour a spoonful of batter into each mould and place a prawn over the batter. Fit the idli moulds onto the stand and place the stand in the steamer and steam for twelve to fifteen minutes. Serve hot with coconut chutney.

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