Kanchipuram Style Idli - Tamil Delights!

Kanchipuram, a small town in Tamil Nadu, is home to unique ways of cooking South Indian cuisine. Kanchipuram style idlis are mouth-watering and have a subtle taste of assorted spices. Idlis are one of the healthiest breakfasts in Indian cuisine. A healthy snack in South India, now idlis have become popular all over the country with the help of readymade dosa idli batter. The white fluffy steamed food is a delight to have. Often served with sambhar, coconut chutney, or peanut chutney. These idlis are a must add to your breakfast menu. Want to make idli for breakfast? Use this recipe to get the perfect dosa idli batter for the morning.

Kanchipuram Idli Info:

Prep Time

10 Mins

Cook Time

30 Mins

Total Time

40 Mins


South Indian



Kanchipuram-Style Idli Ingredients:

  • Dosa Idli Batter
  • 1/2 tsp dried ginger powder
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 4 black peppercorns (kalimirch)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1/2 tbsp chana dal (split Bengal gram)
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds (sarson/rai)
  • 1/2 tsp urad dal (split black lentils)
  • 1 tsp finely chopped green chilies (can add more)
  • 1/2 tbsp chopped cashew nut
  • 8-10 curry leaves
  • Half a spoon oil for greasing

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • Add some turmeric powder and ginger powder to the dosa idli batter and mix well.
  • Now, crush the peppercorns and cumin seeds in a mortar pestle (Khal Batta) into a coarse mix.
  • Add some ghee and sesame oil into a small pan (preferably non-stick). To this, add the chana dal to sauté for a minute on a medium flame.
  • Add mustard seeds, urad dal, peppercorn and cumin seeds mix, and green chilies. Sauté the mixture on a medium flame for 1 minute and keep aside.
  • Add curry leaves and cashew nuts and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  • Add all the spices to the Kanchipuram dosa idli batter and mix well.
  • Grease the idli molds with ghee and then pour the batter into each of the idli molds.
  • Steam the idli for 10 minutes or till they’re cooked well.
  • Allow the Kanchipuram idlis to cool down slightly and then de-mold them with the help of a spoon.

The Kanchipuram idlis are ready! Serve with coconut chutney.
The idlis are easy to make and a must-try for the breakfast menu. They are best served with sambar, tomato chutney and onion chutney.