Mango idlis: A fusion dessert to impress your guests

Mango idli
Mango idli is a delightful variation of the traditional South Indian idli, incorporating the sweet and tangy flavours of mango. Photo: Created using Imagen

Mango idli makes for a delightful and unique dessert, blending the traditional South Indian steamed rice cakes with the sweet, tropical flavours of ripe mango. The soft, fluffy idlis are infused with pureed mango, giving them a vibrant colour and a luscious, fruity aroma. A touch of sugar and grated coconut enhances the sweetness, while a hint of cardamom adds a fragrant spice that perfectly complements the mango's natural taste. These mango idlis are steamed to perfection, resulting in a light and airy texture that melts in your mouth.

Served warm, they make an irresistible treat, especially when paired with a dollop of fresh cream or a drizzle of honey. If you want to give a sweet and spicy twist, pair it with any of the common chutneys served alongside idli. This innovative dessert is sure to impress, offering a refreshing twist on a beloved classic.

1 cup idli batter
1 ripe mango, peeled and pureed
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup grated coconut
1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
A pinch of salt
Cubed mangoes for garnish (optional)

In a mixing bowl, add the idli batter, mango puree, sugar, grated coconut, cardamom powder, and salt
Mix all the ingredients together until well combined
Grease the idli moulds with oil or cooking spray
Pour the idli batter into each idli mould, filling it to about three-fourths full
Steam the idlis in a steamer for 10-12 minutes or until cooked
Once done, turn off the heat and let the idlis cool for a few minutes
Use a spoon to gently remove the idlis from the mold and transfer them to a serving dish
Serve the mango idlis warm with some coconut chutney or honey
Enjoy your delicious mango idlis!

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