Steamed Idli/South Indian Rice Cake Recipe

A perfect, healthy and versatile South Indian breakfast, which is now famous across Indian homes. Hot, soft and spongy idli’s along with sambhar or Coconut-Coriander Chutney/Dip Recipe is one the most loved and frequent breakfast at my home. You require very few ingredients to make these idli. First and foremost ingredient is fermented idli-dosa batter. Now a days ready-made batter is easily available in the grocery stores. Though nothing can beat the taste of idli or dosa made with fresh homemade batter recipe here Idli(Steamed rice cake)/Dosa(South Indian Thin Crepe) Homemade Batter Recipe.

If you are looking for more breakfast recipes then do check Veggie Chilli Cheese ToastBlueberry Muffins RecipePaneer/Indian Cottage Cheese Grilled SandwichNamkeen Daliya/Vegetable Broken Wheat(Indian Porridge)Semiya(Sevia)/Vermicelli Upma-Indian StyleKanda Batata Poha/Flattened Rice with Onions & PotatoesPesarattu/Green Moong Lentil Dosa(Indian Crepes)Paper Dosa/South Indian Thin Crepe RecipeGobhi Paratha/Whole Wheat Bread Stuffed with Spicy Cauliflower MixtureAloo Paratha/ Whole wheat bread stuffed with spicy potato mixture.

So let’s get started.

steamed idli

Cuisine: South Indian/Indian

Recipe Type: Breakfast

Author: Rateka

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 15-20 mins


  • Idli batter
  • Salt to taste
  • Little water
  • Oil for greasing idli plates


  • In a mixing bowl, take batter (depending upon the no.s of idli you want to prepare), add salt and little water. Mix well, batter should be of thick consistency not watery.
  • Take a idli cooker/wide open deep bottom pan with lid, fill it with a 1-2 cup of water. Close the lid and let it start boiling.
  • Grease the idli plates with oil and fill them 3/4 with idli batter.
  • Place the idli tray in the idli cooker and cover it with the lid and let it cook for 15-20 mins on medium high flame.
  • Insert a toothpick or knife to check if the idli’s are cooked through. If it comes out clean then turn off the flame else let it cook for another 5-7 mins.
  • Once cooked, remove the idli tray from the pot and let it cool for couple of mins.
  • Remove the idli’s from the plate and transfer it into casserole/hot case.
  • Serve hot and spongy idli with sambhar or coconut chutney Enjoy !!!



14 thoughts on “Steamed Idli/South Indian Rice Cake Recipe

  1. I loved your pictures, the contrast of green and white just caught my eyes 😀 idlis are so healthy and filling. I am having a look at it in morning, it is breakfast time here, and am hungry now.

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