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Cocktail Idlis

A perfect tea-time snack, Cocktail Idlis are hit with friends and family. Healthy and ready in minutes, they work great in the tiffin for kids too.
Servings: 2


  • 1 cup semolina (sooji or rava)
  • 1 cup curd
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp Eno fruit salt or 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for brushing


  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 stems of curry leaves


  • Dry roast the semolina till it is aromatic. Remove from fire and allow it to cool.
  • Mix in semolina, curd, water, and salt to form a smooth paste. Let it stand for a minimum of 10 minutes so that the semolina can soak in the liquids.
  • When ready to cook, add in 1 tsp of Eno fruit salt. Mix well stirring in one direction only.
  • Fill in the water into steamer to the desired level making sure it does not touch the idli mould.
  • Grease the idli mould. Pour in the idli batter uptil three-fourths. This ensures that the idlis have space to rise.
  • Cook for 10 minutes or until the idlis are cooked. Let it stand for 5 minutes.
  • Demould the idlis and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add in the mustard seeds and cook until they crackle. Add in the curry leaves.
  • Mix in the idlis. You can also add a bit of salt or red chillies here.
  • Serve hot.


  • If using a microwave, follow the instructions here.
  • If you do not have the small idli mould, cut the regular idlis into bite-sized pieces.
  • The idlis tossed in podi taste just as delicious.