Vegetable Idli: Easy Breakfast Recipe For Weight Loss At Home


Dec 2022

2 min read
vegetable idli

Cooking Time

1 hour

Total Time

1 hour 15 minutes

  • Carrot - ½ cup
  • Green beans - ½ cup
  • Urad dal - 1 cup
  • White rice - 2 cups
  • Spinach Leaves - 3 to 4 finely shredded
  • Capsicum - 1 whole chopped
  • Onions - 1 small size
  • Tomatoes - 1 small size
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Olive oil - for seasoning
  • Coriander leaves - for garnishing
  • Green Chilli - 2 chopped
  • Salt as per taste
  • Idli also called rice cake, is arguably one of the most well-liked South Indian breakfast foods. They are wholesome, light, and healthy. However, some people think they are plain and boring. So we bring this twisty vegetable idli recipe that is nutritious and flavorful at the same time. This lip-smacking delight complements your meals in a way never imagined before. Serve with some ghee and your preferred chutney or pickle for a satisfying meal at any time.

    How To Make Vegetable Idli

    Preparation Of Idli Batter:

    • Firstly, wash the rice and urad dal and soak them for 4-6 hours 
    • Then put the soaked urad dal in a grinder and process it until it is light and fluffy.
    • Take it out and keep it aside for later use 
    • Add the soaked rice and water to the grinder. 
    • Grind the rice to a smooth paste. Gradually add water while the rice is being ground 
    • Then add the ground urad dal to the ground rice and process for another 5 minutes so that it is well mixed.
    • Remove the mixture from the grinder and add salt as required. 
    • Your idli batter is ready. Set it aside to ferment for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour.

    Preparation Of Vegetable Idli:

    • Chop all the vegetables finely and add coriander leaves to it.
    • After that heat olive oil in a pan and add cumin seeds to it. 
    • Once it splutters, add all the vegetables and salt. 
    • Cook it on a medium flame till they become tender, stirring it frequently. 
    • After that add all the cooked vegetables with the idli batter once it cools down and mix it evenly.
    • Keep it aside and let it rest for 5 minutes.
    • Brush some olive oil on the base of an idli pot or steamer, so that it doesn’t stick while steaming.
    • Then take a ladle of vegetable idli batter and pour it into the idli molds.
    • Finally, steam it for 10-12 minutes until the batter fluffs and rises perfectly.
    • Invert the mold/tray on a plate and gently remove the freshly prepared idlis.
    • Serve them hot with coconut or mint chutney!!

    Nutritional Value

    Calories 51 Kcal (per 100 g)
    Carbs12.5 g
    Protein3.2 g
    Fiber1.8 g
    Fat0.2 g


    • To check if the idli is prepared correctly, insert a toothpick and ensure that it comes out clean. 
    • Most importantly, take care of the soaking time of dal and white rice as it will get sticky while grinding if they are oversoaked.
    • You can also add curd if required to make the batter soft.
    • The crucial thing to remember is to bring the water to a boil before steaming the idlis.
    • Take care while adding water to the grinder. If your batter is too thin, then your idli will turn flat and if it is too thick, it will turn rock hard.
    • Also, if you are not going to use the batter immediately, refrigerate the batter.
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    Health Benefits Of Idli

    • Idli is a perfect food for heart health as it has no fat or cholesterol and with rich in plant-based protein.
    • Owing to its low caloric content, it is beneficial for digestive health.
    • Considered an anti-diabetic meal option, It is filling and can prevent overeating.
    • If you’re trying to lose weight, this dish is a great addition to your diet.
    • Vegetable idli is low in calories and a wonderful source of protein. As a result, it helps to develop lean muscle.
    • With attention to the ingredients, you can also add oats to make it more healthy. Check out our own weight loss oats idli recipe for reference.

    Frequently Answered Questions

    Q. Why Don’t My Idlis Have Any Fluff?

    Ans. This typically occurs after the batter has heated up during grinding. Use cold water and perhaps a few ice cubes to mill the urad dal, as I described above. If you plan to grind the dal in a blender, this is very crucial.

    Q. What Makes Soft Idlis So Soft?

    Ans. Fenugreek seeds, also known as methi dana, are the secret ingredient because they help achieve the proper fluffiness. It promotes fermentation and is beneficial. However, if you use too much, the idli will taste bitter. Skip the seeds if you want an exceptionally white idli.

    Q. Idli Batter Should Be Thin or Thick?

    Ans. Rice can be ground finely or coarsely depending on your preference. As necessary, add water. The batter shouldn’t be overly thick or thin.

    Q. How Long Should Idlis Be Steamed?

    Ans. Idli steamer with 1/2 cup of water added; bring to a boil. Close the cover after inserting the idli stand. Before turning off the gas, wait for 8 to 10 minutes for the steam to accumulate. If you’re using a cooker, steam it for 10 minutes without using the vent, then turn off the gas.

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