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Kanchipuram Idly

  • Ingredients:
  • Bengal Gram – 1 cup
  • Urid Dal         – 1 cup
  • Pepper           – 2 tsp
  • Jeera               – 2 tsp
  • Hing                – ½ tsp
  • Ghee               – 1 tbsp
  • Curry Leaves  – ½ tsp (Finely chopped)
  • Cilantro           – 1tsp (Finely chopped)
  • Turmeric Powder-1 tsp
  • Green Chillies  – 5 nos (Finely Chopped)
  • Ginger               – 1 tsp (Finely Chopped)
  • Cashew Nuts    – 2 tsp (Finely Chopped)
  • Salt to taste.
  • Carrots               –  1 (Grated)


  • Procedure:


  • Soak the Dals together for 4hrs
  • Start Grinding the Dhal with little amount of water and just sprinkle water as and when needed. The consistency should be like smooth.
  • At this stage, sprinkle some more water, once it comes into half grinded form we can add salt allow it to grind till the batter becomes smooth.
  • Then remove the batter from the grinder store it in a dry, clean container with ¾ of batter and ¼ spaces for the batter to rise during the fermentation.
  •  After 8-10 hrs depending on the climatic conditions the batter will raise due to fermentation.
  • Fry jeera and pepper corns in oil for a minute. Dry grind the mixture and add it to the batter.
  •  In a Kadai, Add the Ghee once it is warm start adding cashews, turmeric powder, hing, curry leaves, ginger, green chillies one by one fry it. Add the fried items to batter with cilantro.
  • Now pour the batter on the idly plates with grated carrots on the bottom of the idly vessel on a wet muslin cloth. Meanwhile, Keep the vessel filled with ¼ portion of water and allow it to boil once it starts to boil place the plates on it and close the vessel. And wait till steam comes out. Now open the vessel sprinkle some water over it and then slowly transfer the idlies to a dry plate.

Bengal gram is a good source of zinc, folate and protein. They are also very high in dietary fibre and hence a healthy source of carbohydrates for person who is insulin sensitive diabetes patient. And carrots are rich source of vitamin A in the form of beta carotene, which is good for eyes, hairs, skin which is a helps in improving the vision, delaying the ageing process, and also helps the skin to glow. Pepper corns are good source of anti oxidants and help in digestion and removes flatulence. This idly tastes best with Spicy and tangy Tomato thokku.


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