Thonnai Idli


Idli Batter – 1 cup
Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Black Peppercorns – 1/2 tsp
Ginger – 1/4 inch piece, finely chopped
Green Chillies – 2, finely chopped
Curry Leaves – few, chopped
Broken Cashewnuts – 10
Thonnai (Dried Banana Leaf Cup) – few
Oil – 1 tsp


1. Heat oil in a pan.
2. Stir-fry the mustard seeds, peppercorns, cumin seeds, curry leaves, cashewnuts, ginger and green chillies.
3. Add this to the idli batter and mix well.
4. Pour the batter into the greased thonnai’s (banana leaf cups).
5. Steam cook till done.
6. Serve hot with chutney and sambar.

Note: These days thonnai’s are available readymade in major supermarkets. If not, cut 2 large banana leafs and shape them into small-medium cups.

Note: image is for illustration purposes only and not that of the actual recipe.

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