Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Lemon Idli

Idli and dosa is a staple breakfast at my house and it's actually everybody’s favorite dish along with chutney and sambar. In South India, in almost all the restaurants we will get the mini version of the idli in the form of podi idli (idli mixed with chutney powder). My kids always liked them and this time when I went to India, I decided to buy the mini idli maker, which is now very useful to make podi idlis, lemon idlis for lunch box.

My daughter, one day after coming back from school, told me that she liked the lemon idli, which she ate from one of her friend's box. She asked me to make the same and I tried making it and it came out perfect. This is the first time I tried to make it and successfully posting it in my blog for all my friends to try. I am sure that this will be liked by all.
This is a pretty good idea for making idlis more interesting. A different way of eating form the regular ones. If you don't have a mini idli maker then don't worry, you can cut the regular idlis into cubes and make them this way.


  1. Idli Batter- 3 Cups
  2. Oil- 1 tbsp
  3. Mustard Seeds- 1/2 tbsp
  4. Curry Leaves- few
  5. Desiccated Coconut - 3 tbsp 
  6. Chana dal- 1 tbsp
  7. Urad dal- 1 tbsp
  8. Cashews- 2tbsp (chopped)
  9. Lemon Juice- 1 tbsp
  10. Green Chillies- 2 tbsp(chopped)
  11. Asafoetida- 1tsp
  12. Turmeric powder- 1 tsp


  1. Make the idli batter like this. Just like dosa batter.
  2. Make the idlis in a small idli pan. Make around 20- 30 small idlis. Keep this aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds. In this add the chana dal, curry leaves, green chilis, cashews along with desiccated coconut. Stir for a minute.
  4. Add the asafoetida and turmeric and required amount of salt. Add the lemon juice and mix the prepared idlis in the mixture and stir till everything gets combined well.
  5. Enjoy the hot steaming lemon idlis.

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