Idli and Coconut Chutney


I am sending this authentic South Indian Breakfast to srishkitchen for the event “EFM – Breakfast Series”




Idli rice/ Boiled rice – 2 cups

Dosa rice/ Raw rice – 1 cup

Urad/ Black gram (skinless) -1 cup

Uluva/ Methi/ Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 tsp

Salt – to taste


Wash and soak the rices together and urad and methi, separately in water for atleast 6 hrs.  Grind them together in a grinder till you get a slightly coarse batter.  The batter should be thick.  Use the urad-methi soaked water for grinding.  This will help the batter to ferment faster and the result would be softer Idlis!  Add salt and mix well.  Keep the batter covered overnight or for 12 hrs.  Next morning, apply some oil to the Idli moulds and steam them in the Idli cooker or Pressure cooker for 8 minutes.  If you are using the Pressure cooker, do not put the whistle while steaming.  Serve the Idlis with delicious coconut chutney!

Coconut Chutney


This is one of the tastiest coconut chutneys I have ever had!  I got this recipe from an old lady who used to come to my house selling all kinds of roasted grams and peanuts.  For the past 20 years I am making this chutney and I absolutely love it!


Grated coconut – 1 cup

Roasted Chana dal/ Pottu Kadala – 2 tbsp

Green chillies – 2

Onion – 1/2 tbsp chopped

Tamarind – 2 small pieces

Salt – to taste

Curry leaves – 4

For Tempering

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Onions – 1 tbsp chopped

Curry leaves – 6

Dry red chillies – 2 broken

Oil – 1 tbsp


In a mixer, grind all the ingredients together with water to form a fine paste.  Transfer to a serving bowl.  Heat oil in a pan, and splutter mustard seeds.  Add onions, dry red chillies and curry leaves.  Saute till the onions turn light brown.  Switch off the flame and pour it over the chutney.  Mix well and serve with Idli or Dosa.  Cheers!

  1. Looks delicious! Comforting food 🙂

  2. Thanks a lot Pooja for your love!

  3. Ha,what soft Idlis there Lissie..wherever we are Idlis follow..looks soft

  4. very appetizing and soft idlies!

  5. Idly with coconut chutney seems heavenly food to me:) Love those fluffy idlies than any other tiffin item. Noted ur proportion on making the batter. Ur way of making the chutney looks very same as mine. I have never seen any one else adding tamarind other than us:)
    U know what dear? When I started living in Madras, where coconut is looked as a sin , some people make fun of my habit of adding those ingredients. But after tasting it they too changed their version. Thats the power of coconut chutney Isn’t it :)I got the recipe from my amma. nice write up too.

  6. Cute…white…soft idli!

  7. that’s true Ann, wherever we are we love to have Idlis at least once a week…! Thank you dear!

  8. Thanks a lot Priya and Sangi!

  9. that’s true Vicky,Idli and Coconut chutney is heavenly indeed! glad to hear that you too make chutney the same way… 🙂 Thanks!

  10. One day, I’d really love to taste this breakfast.

  11. Yummy I love coconut lissie these looks totally gorgeous. 🙂

  12. Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog. Thats a lovely picture…idli with coconut chutney is my true comfort food 🙂

  13. Cynthia, you better do it fast…!:)Thank you!

  14. Thank you Jeena! try it and let me know…

  15. Welcome to my space, Geeta! see you often… 🙂

  16. Fantastic recipe!! Thank you i love it 🙂

  17. Thank you Tina! Plz try my other recipes too… 🙂

  18. What is idli rice and dosa rice?
    Are they two different kinds of rice?
    If so, one we use cooked the other raw?

    If I go to buy them what should I ask for?

    Please reply to my email address, as I may not check this site.


  19. Hi Janaki, Thanks for stopping by! Idli rice is boiled rice and dosa rice is raw rice. In Bangalore, there are special varieties of rice available by these names.

    All the best!


  20. the chutney rocks !!!I have always struggled with idli chutney.I started buying readymade.But after trying your recipe i finally can make awesome idli chutney.Thanks a ton.

  21. Fantastic coconut chutney recipe. My daugther liked it so much!! Thank you

  22. Hi Lissie,
    I tried your coconut chutney recipe and honestly its a real keeper. My husband says its one of the best he has tasted. Thanks a million!! Have yet to try the idli. I will certainly try out more of your lovely recipes.

  23. Excellent recipe. My husband liked it so much that the idlis became empty soooon…