Cocktail Idlis

Steamed idlis infused with a flavorful batter, skewered with vegetables, and tossed in a spicy tangy sauce, served with a shot of rasam, making for a unique and delicious appetizer or snack. This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

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Cocktail Idlis

Main Ingredients Parboiled rice (ukda chawal), Split skinless black gram (dhuli urad dal)
Cuisine South Indian
Course Snacks and Starters
Prep Time 8-10 hour
Cook time 16-20 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Tangy
Level of Cooking Easy
Others Veg


  • 1 cup parboiled rice
  • ½ cup split black gram skinless
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 large    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
  • 12 toothpicks
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon red chilli sauce
  • Rasam, as required


  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.  
  2. Drain and grind the rice to a slightly coarse texture. Use water as required to make a batter of dropping consistency. Drain and grind the dal, sprinkling water as required to a smooth and spongy batter.
  3. Mix both the batters.  Sprinkle salt and mix thoroughly in a whipping motion using your hand.  Pour batter into a large vessel, close tightly with a lid and rest in a warm place overnight. 
  4. Heat sufficient water in a steamer.
  5. Place a wet muslin cloth on the mini idli stand.  Pour a spoonful of the fermented batter into each dent.  Place the idli stand in the steamer. Cook for eight to ten minutes or till idlis are done. Demould the idlis when slightly cooled.
  6. Skewer the idlis and vegetables onto each toothpick in the following order: onion, idli, capsicum, idli, tomato.  
  7. Heat the oil in a pan and arrange the toothpicks on it.  Add the tomato ketchup and red chilli sauce and toss.
  8. You can serve them with rasam.  Pour a little rasam into small glasses, place the toothpicks across the rims and serve immediately.