South Indian Idli

  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 12 mins


  • Idli Batter
  • Water (to loosen the batter to make it into pouring consistency)
  • Sesame Oil (or any vegetable oil)
  • Idli plates or any flat bottomed slightly raised plates
  • Steamer / Cooker / Wok


  1. Make sure the batter is well fermented. AIf the batter is thick, add some water and beat well to make it into pouring consistency. (should be something like a cake batter)
  2. Oil the plates in which you are going steam idli well. this prevents the idlis from sticking.
  3. Pour the batter into each hole in the plate. Don’t pour upto the brim as the idlis would rise a bit as they cook.
  4. Steam for 7-10 minutes or until fully cooked through.
  5. Let it cool for a minute. Loosen the edges and take the IDLIs out.
  6. Serve hot with Sambar & Chutney

To make in a wok

  1. If your IDLI plate fits exactly on the mouth of a wok, you could make them in a wok too.
  2. Create a steaming effect by filling half the wok with water & bringing it to a boil.
  3. Place the IDLI plate (only one at a time) exactly on the mouth of the wok.
  4. Close it with a lid (that should NOT touch the idli batter)
  5. Let that cook for 7-10 minutes

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: South Indian