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Kanchipuram Idli Recipe
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
15 mins
Resting Time
8 hrs
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 5 People
Author: Sangeetha Priya
  • Raw Rice - 1 Cup
  • Idli Rice - 1 Cup
  • Urad Dal - 3/4 Cup
  • Fenugreek - 3/4tsp
  • Salt - As Needed
  • Dhonai Leaves or Banana Leaves or just cups greased with oil
For Tempering
  • Cumin - 1 tsp
  • Pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry Leaves - Few
  • Cashew nuts - Few
  • Oil or Ghee - For tempering
How to  make Kanchipuram Idli Batter
  1. Wash and Soak both rice varieties in a bowl.
  2. After 1.5 hours of rice soak in another bowl do add urad dal and fenugreek, wash and add enough water to soak.
  3. Let them soak for one more hour.
  4. Rice needs just 2.5 hours of soaking and it needs just 30 minutes to grind to coarse texture.
  5. And then in next batch add urad dal mixture and grind to smooth paste (approx 40 minutes).
  6. Once done mix both the rice and urad dal batter with enough salt, cover and let them sit in room warm temperature for 6-8 hours.
  7. After 8 hours they batter turns fluffy and increased in quantity (but not like usual idli dosa batter since this kanchipuram idli batter has pachai / raw rice ).
  8. Later in a pan, add oil or ghee to temper the ingredients given under "To Tempering".
  9. When oil is hot add cumin seeds followed by pepper corns.
  10. Add cashews if using and let it tunr golden brown.
  11. Remove the mixture form flame and add the chopped curry leaves.
  12. Add this to the fermented kanchipuram idli batter.
How to steam Kanchipuram Idlis
  1. Now comes the cooking / stemaing part where you can use any molds that you have at home for steaming it.
  2. Also the banana or donai leaves are traditional way to cook this but you can skip it very well.
  3. Instead grease the molds with oil or ghee and make idlis in the same way mentioned here.
  4. Take the stainless steel cups or utensils to steam.
  5. Either grease with oil or ghee or wrap with banana or donai leaves.
  6. For the flexibility you can warm the leaves in fire, so that it holds the shape well.
  7. Meanwhile add necessary water to the idli pan and bring it to boil.
  8. Pour the idli batter in the prepared molds (or in regular idli plate) and Keep them inside the idli pan.
  9. Cover them with lid and make sure they are tight.
  10. Steam them until the tooth pick inserted at the center comes out clean.
  11. Let them cool before slicing them.
  12. The flavorful idlis has paired with thick coconut chutney (getti chutney) and tomato mint chutney.