Boiled Rice Idlis

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Boiled rice is supposed to be the staple food among the people of the west coast of our country. People prepare a number of dishes like the idli, oondi, Noodles, Dosa etc., But this particular idli recipe I borrowed from one of my friends when I recently visited Chennai. This idli is made purely of the boiled rice and a little coconut and absolutely no Blackgram dal at all. Also there is more good news in that this needs no fermentation and can hence be prepared instantly. Here goes the recipe !

What you need to have:

1. Red Boiled Rice – 1 Cup

2. Fresh grated coconut – 1/2 Cup

3. Fresh cooking soda – 1/2 Teaspoon

4. Salt – To taste

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Ingredients of Boiled Rice Idlies

Ingredients of Toppings:

1. Chopped green chillies – 1 Teaspoon

2. Chopped coriander leaves – 1 Tablespoon

3. Chopped ginger – 1/2 Teaspoon

4. Chopped Cashews – 2 Tablespoon

5. Chopped Curry leaves – 2 Teaspoon

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and soak red boiled rice in water over night for about 10 hours. On soaking it looks as below

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Red Boiled rice on soaking

2. Grind soaked Boiled rice and fresh grated coconut in the mixer adding about 1/2 glass of water to a medium coarse consistency .

3. Transfer the ground idli batter to a bowl and mix cooking soda, salt, chopped green chillies, ginger, curry leaves, coriander leaves and grated cashews to the idli batter. Stir well.

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Ground idli batter with toppings

4. Grease the idli moulds and immediately fill in the batter.

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Idli moulds being filled with batter

5. Place the filled moulds in the cooker and steam it for about 20 minutes till done

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Steamed Boiled Rice Idlies

6. Enjoy hot with your favorite chutney, chutney powder and sambar

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Ready to serve Boiled rice idlies with chutney & chutney powder

Time taken (other than soaking): 30 minutes

Number of Idlis: 20 Idlies


16 thoughts on “Boiled Rice Idlis

    PARI said:
    August 7, 2009 at 4:28 am

    Hi Pratibha Di, I will call u di as u r very senior to me ..a mark of respect. Your idlis are absolute delite. I am always on a lookout for instant recipes. Thanks for sharing. will love to keep in touch.

    prathibalrao responded:
    August 7, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Hi Pari,
    I went thru ur blog and it is really superb!!!!!!!!Really very good presentation. Please clarify me regarding Lotus stem. Another eqvivalent word for it if you know please since i liked ur rcipe. Please keep in touch. Bye and tc.

    Cilantro said:
    August 7, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Great looking idlis. I have made parboil rice idlis but not with the red type. Looks good with all the spices.

    prathibalrao responded:
    August 8, 2009 at 1:23 am

    Hi Cilantro,

    Thanx a lot for ur comments. Since they are instant anybody can give a thought to it other than soaking overnight.

    sangeeta khanna said:
    September 2, 2009 at 11:29 am

    hi Pratibha.
    came here through FB and found your blog really good…you have many traditional recipes and i loved all of them..

      prathibalrao responded:
      September 2, 2009 at 12:38 pm

      HI Sangeeta,

      Thanx a lot for ur comments. U do have a beautiful blog with some wonderful recipes. Keep up the good work!!!!!

    vidya said:
    November 1, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    dear pratibha ji !! tried out these idlis today and they came out really really yumm!!! and so soft and tasty !!!

    whenever i am at a fix as to waht to cook i just go through your blog and i always get something new to try !! thanks for the pictures and the easy to follow steps… it is a real help !!!

    thank you

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 1, 2009 at 9:11 pm

      Hi Vidya,

      Thanx a lot for ur feed back. I would love to receive such feed back which is the real response.

    Anupama said:
    February 8, 2010 at 2:58 am

    HI Maai …

    How r u doing ??? Today I was going thru this blog and I found out it was ur …Hope u remember me Anupama ( pittsburgh)

    This recepi looks yummy and i am gonna try this , padman will like this …how r u and Uncle rgds….


      prathibalrao responded:
      February 8, 2010 at 7:29 am

      Hi Anupama,

      By the grace of god we are all fine. Sharath had come down in the month of Dec 2009 and reached home by Jan 19 /2010. How are you both and also the little naughty one????????So keep in touch.

    kriti said:
    September 23, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    it`s amaizing

    aparna said:
    January 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

    is no fermentation required for this batter ? do they rise & become soft.
    can i make without coconut.

    i would like to make it as i have problem with fermented food.

      aparna said:
      January 13, 2012 at 9:59 am

      can u please tell me if i can make it without coconut or any substitue for coconut ?

        prathibalrao responded:
        January 13, 2012 at 10:58 am

        Hi Aparna,

        Just try without coconut and see how it turns out. I have no idea if it can be prepared without coconut.

    ganesh said:
    December 29, 2012 at 10:18 am


      prathibalrao responded:
      January 1, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      Hi Ganesh,

      I have used normal boiled rice only which is available here. I mean the “Red rice”. I hope i have made myself clear

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