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Cocktail Idlis

Mini idlis skewered with capsicums and tossed in sauces and served with rasam

This recipe is from the book Fun Food For Fussy Kids.

Preparation Time : 8-10 hour

Cooking time : 31-40 minutes

Servings : 4

Cocktail Idlis

Main Ingredients

Parboiled rice, Split black gram skinless (dhuli urad dal)





Level Of Cooking


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  • Parboiled rice
    1 cup
  • Split black gram skinless (dhuli urad dal)
    1/2 cup
  • Salt
    to taste
  • Onion cut into 1 inch cubes , layers separated
    1 large
  • Green capsicum cut into 1 inch pieces
    1 large
  • Tomato seeded cut into 1 inch pieces
    1 large
  • Tooth picks
  • Oil
    2 tablespoons
  • Tomato ketchup
    2 tablespoons
  • Red chilli sauce
    1 tablespoon
  • Rasam
    as required


Step 1

Wash the rice and soak in three cups of fresh water for at least two three hours. Wash and soak the dal in two cups of water for a similar time.

Step 2

Drain and grind the rice to a slightly coarse texture. Use water as required to make a batter of dropping consistency.

Step 3

Drain and grind the dal, sprinkling water as required to a smooth and spongy batter. Mix both the batters. Sprinkle salt and mix thoroughly in a whipping motion using your hand.

Step 4

Pour batter into a large vessel, close tightly with a lid and rest in a warm place overnight. Heat sufficient water in a steamer.

Step 5

Place a wet muslin cloth on the mini idli stand. Pour a spoonful of the fermented batter into each dent.

Step 6

Place the idli stand in the steamer. Cook for eight to ten minutes or till idlis are done. Demould the idlis when slightly cooled.

Step 7

Skewer the idlis and vegetables onto each toothpick in the following order: onion, idli, capsicum, idli, tomato. Heat the oil in a pan and arrange the toothpicks on it.

Step 8

Add the tomato ketchup and red chilli sauce and toss. You can serve them with rasam.

Step 9

Pour a little rasam into small glasses, place the toothpicks across the rims and serve immediately.

Chef Tip

If you do not have a mini idli stand, you can make the idlis in the normal size and then quarter each idli and proceed with the recipe.

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