Andhra-Style Idli - Idli Rava Delights!

Idli is a traditional Indian breakfast. It is highly popular in the southern regions of India, but you can find varieties of Idlis all over India. Idli has also become famous in foreign countries due to the presence of Indian origin people. It is a dish made for people who are health conscious and do not want to put up unnecessary weight. The easily digestible dish is a complete breakfast and doesn’t take much time to prepare. The history of Idli dates back to 920 CE. A renowned Kannada poet Shivakotiacharya has mentioned Idli as Iddalige in his famous work Vaddaradhane. Since then, Idli has seen several changes in its form, shape, and taste. Each region in India has its unique recipe to prepare Idlis. The southern part of India, consisting of states Karnataka, Andhrapradesh, Tamilnadu, and Kerala, make Idlis in their style. Though the ingredients and method of preparing Idli are the same in all states, the taste varies from state to state and region to region within the states. Andhra style Idli is quite famous among the people of South India. It is native to Andhrapradesh and uses locally procured ingredients to prepare Idlis.

Andhra-style Idli Info:

Prep Time

15 Mins

Cook Time

12 Mins

Total Time

25 Mins


South Indian



Anshra-style Idli Ingredients:

The main difference between Andhra Idli and other style Idlis is – to make Andhra style Idlis, you need to use Idli Rava instead of whole rice. Idli Rava is rice grounded into a coarse grain and then used to prepare Idlis. The process of making Idli Rava follows a unique Idli Rava recipe. You can either make Idli Rava by following Idli Rava recipe, or you can directly buy Idli Rava from the stores. Traditionally, mothers and grandmothers of used to prepare Idli Rava by meticulously following the Idli Rava recipe. You can either learn from them or search the internet for the Idli Rava recipe.

  • Idli Batter
  • Salt
  • Water

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • Take your idli batter out and transfer it in a large vessel.
  • Mix the batter properly to remove any air bubbles.
  • Adjust the level of salt in the batter by adding if necessary.
  • Mix the batter properly to get the right thick consistency before preparing the idlis.
  • Now, take a steamer and pour some water in it. Wait until the water in the steamer starts to boil.
  • Grease the Idli molds with edible oil.
  • Pour the Idli batter into the molds.
  • Once the water starts to boil, keep the idli stand containing molds in the steamer.
  • Close the lid and steam the batter for 12 to 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, check the Idlis by gently pressing on them. If no batter sticks to your fingers, then the Idlis are ready.
  • Serve them hot with Chutney and Sambar.

The secret to the Best Andhra-Style Idlis:

The main ingredient of Andhra style idli is the side dish. Preparing the side dish in Andhra Style will get you the authentic taste of South Indian from the comfort of your home. Also, getting the right batter plays an important role in the making of the idlis. You can pair it with the best side dishes available in Andhra cuisine depending on your taste.