Monday, August 24, 2009

Kanjeevaram Idli

The very name suggests that may be kanjeevaram idli is quite popular in the temple town of Kanjeevaram. This idli is different from the usual idli. Its quite rich in its ingredients. I make it when guests come or once in a while if we feel like having it. This dish is best prepared at home, because we cannot find the same texture and taste in hotels. I shall now take you through a journey of Kanjeevaram idli preparation.
Raw rice -1 cup
Urad dhal - 1 cup
Sour curd -1 1/2 cups
Black peppercorns - 1 tblsp
Jeera -1 tblsp
Ghee -(homemade by melting the butter) 2 tblsps
Sesame oil -2 tblsps
Curry leaves - a few
Asafoetida (hing) - a pinch
Salt - as required

1. Dry grind the raw rice into a coarse powder (rawa).
2.Soak the urad dhal for 1 hour and grind into a smooth paste.
3.Mix the rice rawa and urad dhal batter together.
4.Add black peppercorns, jeera,hing,curry leaves, salt and sour curd.
5.Add ghee and sesame oil and mix well.
6.Now the batter should be mixed thoroughly.
7.Allow the batter to ferment overnight and next day make it.

You can take a whole vessel of your choice pour the batter in it and steam it in the cooker,just as you would bake a cake.
Steam it for about 20-25 minutes approximately and then put off the gas.
Let it remain in the cooker for some time, and when it becomes little cold, cut the cooked idli
crosswise and lengthwise or as you wish into small triangles like a cake.
It will resemble a baked cake when you look at it.
You can have it with the chutney of your choice. (coconut chutney or green coriander chutney)
or the south indian gun powder topped with sesame oil. (this powder is made by roasting urad dal ,red chillies and sesame seeds in a little bit of oil and making a dry powder ) with hing and salt
you can put these ingredients with your palm approximately and dry grind.


  1. Looks very soft.....I use to make from Idli batter.Nice

  2. I love Kanchivaram idlis....tastes soo good with sambar :)

  3. Wow thats lookins so yummy this is my fav too.. me too have posted take a look at it when u find time

  4. Hi,

    Thanks for visiting myblog and dropping your valuable comment over there....Hmm you got wonderful blog with fabulous recipes....

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  5. Looks spongy and yummmmmmmm.. :)

  6. Your Idlis have come out really well.

  7. They are my Dad's fav......look perfect...soft and fluffy

  8. I loved the texture of your idlis here. they are so well made.

  9. the idli does sound very diff than usual ones ..nice recipe

  10. I love Kanchivaram idlis, never tried making them at home. These look good, thanks for sharing your recipe!

  11. I love these idlis... every time I visit Madras, my friend's mother makes this for me

  12. Love these kanjeevaran idlis..sure they will taste gr8..will surley try. thanx for sharing.

  13. Looks very have a nice blog here..i have never made these idlis..will try sometime..congratulations on the awards..:-)

  14. LOoks nice.. thxs for visiting my blog & ur comment.. added u in my blogroll..

  15. Looks gud ..I will try..thanks for sharing :)..

  16. WOW, never heard of this idli, but sound spicy ad yummy, wd love to try, thanks for leaving comments on my blog. You 2 have a nice space here, wd visit often, you 2 come by me and give your feedback

  17. Hi,
    First off let me thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog and leaving a comment.
    Wow!!! you have a pretty blog yourself!! I love these idlis. But somehow not my hubby's favs. He just prefers the regular idlis .He feels these idlis are dry which I do feel sometimes. Why is that? Do you have any idea?

  18. Great pic. my hubby loves kan. idlis so much. You have reminded thru this post that i should make these idlis. Thanks

  19. I should try this idli soon, it has been years since i tasted it, yours have come out Perfect!

  20. Hi pavitra I shall certaily have a look at ur kanjeevaram idli recipe.

  21. Little variation to what I did, taste should be almost similar I guess.. looks good...