Top 20 Idli Recipes


How are you, Foodies? Are you trying something new to eat? If not, we are back with some exciting dishes for you to try. This time we have Top 20 Idli Recipes. We all know how many flavors are present in India. They start in the North and end in the South. One can have lunch in the Northern parts of India. However, when it comes to some delicious breakfast, South is the option. The South Indians have the best breakfast variety in the world. In this variety, they include their delicious Idlis too. So, let’s explore them further.

1. Idli:

Idli will always be on the top in the top 20 Idli recipes. You can make the  Idli by soaking parboiled Rice in water for a night. Then grind this Rice to make a smooth batter. You must have a steamer and an Idli maker for the next steps. Apply a little oil and put some batter. Steam it.


2. Rava Idli:

Rava Idli is an instant Idli. Here, you can eliminate the one-night soaking process. You fry Semolina in Ghee along with some veggies and spices. Later, add some milk to it after cooling. Milk makes a good thick batter. The further procedure is the same as that of a normal Idli.

Rava Idli

3. Moong Dal Spinach Idli:

Moong Dal is a Split Yellow Gram. You can make a delicious Idli using Moong dal and spinach. Just combine moong dal and spinach and blend it to a smooth paste. Steam this batter as done for the normal Idli. Enjoy the nutritious breakfast with the chutney of your choice.

Moong Dal Spinach Idli

4. Kanchipuram Idli:

We had to include Kanchipuram Idli in the top 20 Idli recipes. Kanchipuram Idli is a famous variety of Idli. Here, you can use the Idli batter. Add spices like cumin seeds, pepper, ginger powder, Etc to make a difference. Locals offer Kanchipuram Idli to God Vishnu during festivals.

Kanchipuram Idli

5. Vermicelli Nut Idli:

Vermicelli Nut Idli is a delicious type of Idli. It is another example of the no batter Idli. You can use the Rava Idli batter here. Add Urad dal, curd, and cashew. Later, steam it just like the other Idlis. Enjoy it with coconut Chutney.

Vermicelli Nut Idli

6. Poha Idli:

Poha Idli is next on the top 20 Idli recipes. You can make it by soaking Poha (Puffed flattened Rice) and Semolina in the water until blown. Once they ferment, clean them and blend them into a smooth paste. Make a paste of urad dal and mix them. Steam them and enjoy.

Poha Idli

7. Olaiappam:

Olaiappam is a local name for Sweet Idli. You can make it with the normal Idlis. Make a stuffing using Moong dal, Jaggery, Cardamom, and Grated Coconut. Stuff the Idli with this stuffing while steaming them. Garnish it with Grated Coconut, Chopped dry fruits, or Ghee. It is a great delight to try.


8. Oats Rava Idli:

Oats Rava Idli is for all the health-conscious people in the room. You can make this Idli using the batter of Rava Idli. Hence, you don’t need to wait for a whole night for it to be fermented. You can directly add oats to the Rava Idli batter and steam it for ten to fifteen minutes.

Oats Rava Idli

9. Sprout and Spinach Idli:

Sprout and spinach Idli are an alternative to oats Idli. You can make it using soaked sprouts, spinach, gram flour, salt, and oil. Blend the soaked sprouts and spinach separately into a smooth paste. Then add gram flour and other ingredients to it. Steam it for fifteen to twenty minutes. Your sprout spinach Idli is ready.

Sprout and Spinach Idli

10. Ragi Idli:

Ragi is finger millet. It is a good source of calcium. To make Ragi Idli, you need Ragi flour, Urad dal, Idli Rice, Thick Poha, and rock salt. Make a smooth and tasty batter using all these ingredients. Ferment the batter for eight to ten hours. The batter will rise to a level. Use a steamer and an Idli maker to make a better-tasting Ragi Idli.

Ragi Idli

11. Whole Wheat Idli:

Whole Wheat Idli is an excellent choice to experiment with something new. Pan fry whole wheat until brown and set it aside. Similarly, fry parboiled Rice and soak them in water for eight to ten hours. Add the soaked wheat, Rice, and washed urad dal to a grinder to make a paste. Add cumin seeds, salt, and veggies of your choice and steam them.

Whole Wheat Idli

12. Green Peas Idli:

Green Peas Idli comes twelfth in the top 20 Idli recipes. You can make it using the same Rava Idli batter. Add some green peas and fast-cooking oats to this mixer. You can use roughly grounded green peas or paste. Both will give the same taste and nutrition.

Green Peas Idli

13. Bread Idli:

Bread Idli is in trend a lot. If you have a lot of leftover bread at your end, make a bread Idli. Bread Idli is more like a cutlet. Cut pieces of bread into circles. Prepare a potato sabzi filling for your bread Idli. Place the sabzi on one piece and cover it with the other slice after applying some curd to it. Shallow fry these pockets and serve hot with ketchup.

Bread Idli

14. Chilled Idli:

Chilled Idli is an invention to the top 20 Idli Recipes. Use the leftover Idlis to make Chilled Idli. Whisk some curd with salt, sugar, and little water. Heat some oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves, and the curd mixture. Part some curd mixture. Dip the Idli in them and place them in the fridge to chill. Pour the curd tempering on it and serve it.

Chilled Idli

15. Mini Idlis:

From now we will see how people use Idli to make some delicious dishes. Mini Idli is a part of it. You can make Mini Idli using a small Idli maker or using an Appe maker. Next, prepare a tempering using the ingredients you like. Stir the Idli in the tempering well enough. Serve with chutney or sauce.

Mini Idlis

16. Tava Idli:

Many people crave Tava Idli these days. Use the left-over Idli or Mini Idli to make Tava Idli. Heat oil in the pan. Add mustard seeds, onions, tomatoes, chili powder, coriander, grated coconut, and the Idli. Toss them until they get a red coloring of the spice. Add salt and lemon juice to the Tava Idli. Your street-side dish is ready.

Tava Idli

17. Idli Pakora:

Idli Pakora is very similar to bread pakora. Prepare Aloo Sabji. Stuff the  Idli with this sabzi. Deep the Idli in the gram flour batter and deep fry them until crunchy. They have great taste. You can serve them with Tomato sauce or Shezwan chutney.

Idli Pakora

18. Curd Idli:

Curd Idli is a delicious tangy Idli. You can make it using the Idli batter. After preparing the Idli batter, add some curd, cumin seeds, black pepper powder, and green chili. Steam this batter for ten to fifteen minutes. Serve hot with coconut chutney.

Curd Idli

19. Soya Idli:

Did you ever think of adding Soya to the Idli? It tastes good. You can use the same Idli batter. Prepare it by soaking rice and urad dal in water for four to five hours. Blend it to smooth paste. Add some soya milk and ferment it for eight to ten hours. You can then steam them to make soya Idli.

Soya Idli

20. Chocolate Idli:

Last, in the top 20 Idli recipes, we have everyone’s favorite, Chocolate Idli. You can use the ready-made chocolate Idli mix available in the market. It is super delicious and works great for kid parties and birthdays. You can serve it with gems and chocolate syrup.

Chocolate Idli