Friday, April 19, 2013

Vendhaya Idli / Fenugreek Idli

Next recipe under seasonal theme is Vendhaya Idli or Fenugreek Idli. Fenugreek is good to reduce the body heat, and also it’s good for stomach upsets and a must for nursing moms. Especially for nursing mom’s they can take fenugreek in any format and as many they need. It’s also good for diabetes patients. This is my moms recipe, she leant this from her periya amma.


Idli Rice
2 cups
Fenugreek seeds
1 Tbsp
Urad dal
2 tsp
Backing soda
¼ tsp
as per taste



  1. Soak urad dhal and fenugreek seeds together and rice in another bowl for about 6-7 hours.
  2. Grind urad dhal and fenugreek seeds together for about 10 – 15 minutes or until smooth and fluffy by adding water little by little.
  3. Grind rice separately to a smooth batter; finally mix both the batters by adding enough salt.
  4. Allow it to ferment for about 8 hours or overnight (as you do for regular idli batter for me it took 12 hours).
  5. After fermentation add backing soda and mix well. Grease the idli mold and pour enough batter in each mold and steam cook for 10 minutes.
  6. Serve it with any chutney or sambar.

  • The batter should be very thin like dosa batter. If your batter is thick then your idli will be hard.
  • Fill your idli mold ¾, idli will rise.
  • Better if you serve hot.


vaishali sabnani said...

I add fenugreek seeds to the idli batter anyways...the idli looks soft and spongy.

Priya Suresh said...

Super soft idlis, i do the same way too. Filling breakfast.

Manjula Bharath said...

very soft idli's :) lovely tips :)

The Pumpkin Farm said...

never made with fenigreek seeds, will try, idlis look way too soft

Archana Potdar said...

Yummy idlis. I do add fenugreek but not baking powder.

Srivalli said...

The idlies surely look very soft..I was planning to make methi dosas, but idlis sound great as well..

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi said...

Good one ..but I never add baking soda to idlis.

Suchi Sm said...

Such an healthy south indian diet it is...

Pavani N said...

Idlis are looking super fluffy and delicious.

veena krishnakumar said...

I always add methi seeds to idli batter while grinding. These idlis look super sof

Preeti Garg said...

Awesome recipe... perfect for meal

Karan Fagne said...

Your recipe is looks awsme, you give the easiest way to prepare this recipe, from your recipe tips many people gets advantage. Regards,

Suma Gandlur said...

I didn't know that idlis were made with that less quantity of urad dal. Addition of fenugreek seeds sounds interesting.

Rajani S said...

My mother uses the same recipe.. The idles look super soft