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Idly and Indian Hot Sauce

Idly is a South Indian breakfast dish made of parboiled rice and white lentils. You can find Sambar idly in any restaurant or fast food’s breakfast menu. It is one of my favorite dish too.  Once I grind the idly/dosa batter, I don’t have to worry about dinner for a week. Idly with Indian Hot Sauce or chutney is another favorite combination of mine. Here you go…

Ingredients for Idly:

  • Par-boiled rice – 4 cups (ponni or sona masoori)
  • Whole urad dal (white lentil) – 1 cup
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste

Ingredients for Hot Sauce:

  • Medium size onion – 1
  • Tomatoes – 2
  • Garlic pods – 3
  • Dry red chillies or Chili pepper – 5 (adjust to taste)
  • Tamarind – marble size
  • Curry leaves – 2 tsp
  • Cilantro – 1 cup
  • Sesame oil – 1/4 cup
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Method of Preparation:


collage idly

  1. Wash parboiled rice and soak for 3 hours or you can even soak it over night.
  2. Wash urad dal and soak for an hour. soak the fenugreek seeds along with urad dal without washing. This is to retain the sticky nature of fenugreek seeds which helps in making soft idlys.
  3. Drain urad dal and grind it finely in a wet grinder or mixer grinder. You can also use food processor.
  4. Transfer the ground batter to a container.
  5. Grind the soaked rice coarsely. Remove it just before it is finely ground.
  6. Transfer it to the same container.
  7. Add 2 tbsp of salt and mix it well till the batters blend well.
  8. Leave it overnight or for 12 hours for fermentation process.
  9. The batter rises well when it is fully fermented.
  10. Now grease the idly plates with sesame oil.
  11. Give the batter a slight stir and pour till 3/4 th of each hole of the idly plates.
  12. Steam cook using your pressure cooker for 10 minutes or until cooked. Remove from heat.
  13. Take a wide spoon and dip it water before scooping each idly.
  14. Idly is ready.
  15. You can soak idly in the Breakfast Sambar 10 minutes before serving which is Sambar Idly.
  16. After making idly, stir the batter well and store it in refrigerator.
  17. The same batter can be used for making dosa.

Hot Sauce:

  1. Heat 1 tbsp of sesame oil in a pan and add crushed garlic pods and toss for a minute.
  2. Now add chopped onions and sauté till translucent followed by chopped tomatoes.
  3. Keep tossing till tomatoes are fully cooked.
  4. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  5. Grind it to a fine paste with small marble size of tamarind and a little salt.
  6. Heat the rest of the oil in the same pan and add mustard seeds.
  7. Once they splutter, add curry leaves followed by the ground paste.
  8. Allow them to cook till it becomes a thick paste or till it spits out oil.
  9. Remove from heat and serve with idly or dosa.


FYI: You may find idly plates in your local Indian store or sometimes the shop keeper might get you one on your request.


  1. idli and chutney everyones favorite south indian combo with this chutney..looks delicious..

  2. Nithu,

    Idly chutney wonderful age old combination. nice always. yours looks perfect.

  3. NBithu thanks for those lovely comments. I love idlies. Your preparation is wonderful. They look soft and spongy. The chutney looks very inviting too 🙂

  4. Wow what a nice presentation….steps are really helpful…im a big fan for idly…all time fav and great combi…

  5. One can never get bored with Idlis!! your Idlis looks Puffy.I also use the same ratio for making Idli.

    Chutney also looks Yum with garlic.
    Thanks for visiting Happy Cooking!!!

  6. Nithu, nice to see you on my blog.
    The idly-chutney – nice combo. Never made this chutney. Thanks for sharing.
    Good presentation.

  7. Lovely combo, idlis have come out so soft,even the recipe of chutney is so nice, thanks for sharing it nithu

  8. Hy Nithu,
    So appetizing…lovely clicks again..!

  9. so appealing…, they are so soft and nice.., beautiful clicks

  10. What great flavors! I’ve never had idly… I bet that combo tastes amazing!



  11. idli’s never turn out well here…i wonder why…these look yumm..

  12. Wonderful combo..Idly looks too soft..loved the picture..Thanks Dear fro your lovely comment on my to hear your comments on other posts too..

  13. Nice idli and hot chutney combo…looks so good 🙂

  14. love idli’s…idli with that spicy chutney sounds delicious…nice combo.

  15. Thats absolutely guilt free food.. Its wonderful combo ..looks sooooooooooo good and tempting.

  16. Looks good, I would like to try it.

  17. I didn’t even know there where white lentils – wow, this looks great!

  18. Wow, super tasty! I wish this was my breakfast!

  19. Thanks for all your lovely comments.

  20. hi nithu i think u forgot to mention chillies in your chutney recipe.overall its delicious and iam ready to tuck in.

  21. Hope your weekend was great, I had a busy one.

    Idlis look so soft, I am salivating. Red hot yummy chutney is the best with bland idlis, looks great.

  22. the most comforting breakfast for me…thy look spongy and yumm

  23. I simply cudnt take my eyes off from the sambar soaked idlis..come wat may..idli is the most comfortable food

  24. I have not eaten idly for a while. These look really nice and fresh.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I hope you will visit often 🙂


  25. Nithu, idlis look so soft.. great with sambhar!

  26. i feel like eating those soft white idlis….great snap.
    thanks for visiting my visit again.

  27. Give me this 3 times a day. I will happily eat! They look so spongy and inviting!

  28. Hi friends, thanks for all your support and comments.

    Hi Sreesakthi, Thanks for pointing out. That really helped. Thanks for comments.

  29. I want some of this breakfast!

  30. Wat a beautiful presenation.excellent clicks too.looks fo tempting friend!


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