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Instant semolina idli by Chef Sonali

sonali's picture
Instant semolina dumpling is a common and TASTY fastfood.
  Semolina 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Plain yogurt 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (As Required)
  Eno 1 Teaspoon
  Steamed vegetables 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Peas, Tomato Etc)

Mix together semolina and yogurt and keep aside for 15 mins.
If it is thick then add little water.
At the time of pouring into the moulds add 1 tsp eno and steam for 4 mins in the microwave.
Can add boiled vegetables also to this batter.
Serve with ketchup or chutney

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Very Easy
South Indian
Everyday, Party, Healthy, Quick
Preparation Time: 
1 Minute
Cook Time: 
4 Minutes
Ready In: 
5 Minutes
ARJUN - my 18 month old loves it! I got this recipe from my mother in law - Madhu.
Instant semolina dumpling

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 254 Calories from Fat 26

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 3 g4.7%

Saturated Fat 1.7 g8.3%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 9.8 mg3.3%

Sodium 495.8 mg20.7%

Total Carbohydrates 46 g15.2%

Dietary Fiber 2.8 g11.1%

Sugars 4.1 g

Protein 10 g20%

Vitamin A 31.9% Vitamin C 3.7%

Calcium 10.7% Iron 4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


meghna's picture
The presentation is mouth watering! Very innovative!! Want more quick fix meals.
sonali's picture
Thanks meghna, will surely post more quick fix recipes.
master2006's picture
Yes it is indeed. I have become a fan of it. I love the cute decoration. Food is not just about taste it is appealing to all five senses and this dumpling is an A in visual zone.
sonali's picture
Thanks master2006
sunnysb's picture
looks really good :) Sorabh
sonali's picture
Thanks sunnysb:)
shakti's picture
It does look good. Surely will try it with the decorations and everything.
sonali's picture
Thank you Shakti :)
Sona's picture
I would love to try this recipe. My only concern with it is the amount of baking soda. It is known and accepted that high levels of sodium are unhealthy. Do you have suggestions on alternatives to reduce the amount of baking soda and perhaps add something else instead?
sonali's picture
Sona, u can add Eno.
meghna's picture
I tried it out. Will go easy on the soda next time. The taste was too good!!!! No need to now delay making idlis because of the excessive preparation required. This is so easy and tasty...!
sonali's picture
I am glad to liked it and enjoyed the good taste...have fun making and eating them :)
meghna's picture
HiI tried it again and added eno and to spice up the idlis added some cut jalapeno, roasted cashew pieces and cilantro. It turned out AMAZING!!!! Thanks for the excellent quick easy n natural recipe. Can play with it several ways...!
sonali's picture
thanks again.....good to know that you are getting creative!
Payal Bhalla's picture
well presentation is too good . i make it too but i add eno salt instead of baking soda and adds crushed roasted groundnut,onion and finely chopped chillies without its seeds so a to get flavour of chillies only and people like it . But frm now on i will also try to place peas and tomato over it so as to inhence its beauty too
sonali's picture
thank you payal for your comments....eno is a far better option.
HitokiriSojiro's picture
Recipe is Very innovative!! mouth watering...........!!
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khau.khan's picture
i think this is amazing - i love this Bon Appetite!
sonali's picture
thank you khau_khan.
joanne.cain's picture
What a great recipe! Its quick and pretty healthy.. hope its delicious, too! -Jojo
sonali's picture
thanks Jojo....yup it is delicious too...try it and feedback awaited :)
vikash.kumar1's picture
Its beautifully presented. Nice to see courtesy shown to mother in law. Love to ARJUN
sonali's picture
Thank you for your kind words and for appreciating my recipe.
shantihhh's picture
Sonali Great recipe! Semolina is far healthier than white rice. I had wondered if you could make brown rice idli, now semolina is perfect. Love idli and sambhar. Thanks for the recipe
sonali's picture
Thank you for the great comments.
devamita.datta's picture
Good one Sonali!!! Keep it up....:-)
sonali's picture
Thanks Devamita!
aaisha's picture
Looks amazing.Would sure make a try.Also thanks for a quick receipe.Looking forward to many more easy to make receipes from u.
sonali's picture
Thanks for appreciating my recipe.
CookingMyWay's picture
Love the presentation! Great recipe too...
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Ganesh.Dutta's picture
how cute picture and recipe......
sonali's picture
thank you
tropicahnah's picture
that's so cute!
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madamageorge's picture
Neat... I've made attempts to make regular idli in the past with miserable results, and your easy recipe actually worked for me! I steamed it in the pressure cooker for about 11 minutes (no microwaveable stand - where do you find those?? Too handy!! :D) Thanks! Keep up the good work
sonali's picture
Thank you for appreciating my recipe. The microwave idli stand is available in any Indian grocery store.
tanushenoy's picture
Hi. this looks great and I want to try it for my 17mth old. But I can only find Lemon flavored Eno at my grocery store. What was the concern with baking powder? and how much should be used?
sonali's picture
Eno is a far better option...although u could use 1 tsp baking soda if finding eno is difficult.
shonali's picture
saalo sharam nahi aaty aisi bakvas recipe bhejte ho sari suji khrab ho gaye time bhi waste ho gaya
Anonymous's picture
You must have gone wrong somewhere, coz even i tried this recipe and it came out well. How did you really make it?
Simi(London)'s picture
I was looking the easiest way to make Idli and this is the one I was looking for. Thanks so much.
Simi(London)'s picture
I was looking for the easiest recipe to make Idli and this is the one! Thanks so much for sharing :)
Simi(London)'s picture
Am sorry I lost the link when I wrote for the first time, didn't realise I posted comments twice.
pooja khadka's picture
its so packing tiffin for kids wont be a headache
Anonymous's picture
Hi , i dont have eno nor baking soda any other home substitute for them ?
Anonymous's picture
The idlis came out very well just loved them..
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