Special Kancheepuram idli

Special Kancheepuram idli

Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu is famously known for its exclusive silk saris woven in the indigenous looms. However, foodies say that the textile paradise is also known for soft idlis, dosas and refreshing filter coffee. The Kancheepuram idli has gained popularity for its super soft and fluffy texture. Moreover, these idlis are presented as special offerings at the famous Varadaraja Perumal Vishnu temple in Kancheepuram. The recipe of the Kancheepuram idli is quite different from the regular idlis. It has a unique flavour and texture. Here is how you could easily prepare Kancheepuram idlis at home.


1 cup raw rice

½ cup urad dal

1 tsp fenugreek seeds

Salt as required

2 tsp ginger

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp urad dal

1 tsp dried ginger powder

Curry leaves as required

1 tbsp ghee

1 tsp pepper corns

¼ tsp asafoetida powder


Soak the raw rice and fenugreek rice together for at least 5 hours

Soak the urad dal separately

Grind both and keep them aside for the batter to rise

Heat ghee in a pan

Roast urad dal, pepper corns, curry leaves, cumin seeds and asafoetida powder

Add these into the batter

Add dried ginger powder and salt as required

Mix well

Pour ladle full of batter into the idle steamer

Cook in steam

Enjoy the soft Kancheepuram idlis with sambar and chutney.  

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