Kancheepuram Idli with potato masala

I am a great fan of Idlis and I can eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its such a versatile dish which can make up for simple food or luxurious treat when served with appropriate accompaniments.

Kancheepuram idli is a lovely version of the good old idlis just to perk up the usual servings. Check here for the idli recipe

Once the batter is fermented overnight mix well with a long handled spoon until fluffy and homogenious. Then do this.


Idli batter – 2 Cups

Pepper corns – 1 T

Cumin – 1 T spoon

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Salt – to taste

Ghee – 1 T

How to make it ?

In the small thick bottomed vessel heat the ghee and when smoking hot add the cumin seeds, pepper corns and fry till the pepper corns start spluttering. Remove seeds with a spoon and let it cool. In the same ghee fry the curry leaves and pout it into the batter. When the seeds were cool crush it coarsely and add it to the batter. Mix well and spoon the idli batter in idli moulds and steam them for 10 minutes.

For the potato masala :

Potatoes – 2 large (about 250 gms)

Tomato – chopped 1/2 cup

Onion – chopped – 1/2 cup

Ginger & garlic paste – 1/2 tea spoon

Sambar podi – 1 tea spoon (or 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder + 1/2 teaspoon dhania powder)

Salt – to taste

Peanut oil – 2 tea spoon

How to make it ?

Boil the potatoes in water till fork tender. Peel and break it into 1 inch pieces. In the thick bottomed wide vessel heat the oil. When it is hot add the ginger garlic paste and fry in love flame till golden. Add the onions and fry till they turn translucent. Now add the tomatoes and Sambar podi and salt. Mix well and cook in low flame till the tomatoes turn mushy. Now add 1 cup of water and let it come to a rolling boil. Add the potatoes and mix well and boil it for 2 minutes. Switch off the flame and garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot with kancheepuram idlis.


They were delicious and you can eat as many idlis with this combo. Try them by dipping it in honey. Wow…delicious 🙂


3 comments on “Kancheepuram Idli with potato masala

  1. Guess I should try all the idlis in the restaurants! I realise that until I saw this post, I was thinking Kancheepuram idli was the same as rava idli!

  2. I love kanchipuram idlis, havent had them in a long time…looks drool worthy!

  3. TQ for the south indian recipes. Looks finger-licious

    Warm Regards

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