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Kanchipuram as the name suggest its a place in Tamil Nadu,  India.  This is the traditional Prasadam offered in the Varadharaja Perumal Temple.  This Idli tastes great with spices and  with the love aroma of ghee, it  gives a lovely texture to the Idli. 


Ingredients :

Idli rice - 1 cup
Raw rice - 1 cup
Urad dal - 1 cup
Fenugreek -  1/2 tsp
Baking soda - 1/4 tsp 
Salt - as required
Curd - 1/2 cup

Tempering :

Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Bengal gram dhal - 1 tsp 
Pepper corns - 1 tsp ( Coarsely powdered) 
Cumin seeds - 1 1/2 tsp (coarsely powdered) 
Ginger - 1 tsp ( finely chopped)
Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
Ginger powder - 1/4 tsp (Sukku podi)
Curry leaves - few
Ghee - 2 tbsp
Gingelly Oil - 2 tbsp

Method :
1. Soak rice and dhal separately for few hours.
2. Grind them separately, rice has to be like rava and urad should be fine texture.
Note : You can grind them together into coarse rava consistency too. 
3. Add salt mix everything and ferment it overnight.
4.  In the Morning or when you are ready to make Idli add the curd to the batter.   Temper with all the tempering ingredients in the given order. Pour the hot ghee oil mixture to the batter. Give it a mix.
5. Now in the big plate grease with some ghee or you can use small greased cups too. Pour the batter less than 3/4 th. 
6. Steam it for 12 to 15 minutes check by inserting knife in the middle. When cooled cut to desired shapes.
7. Serve hot hot with podi, sambar or chutney .

Note :

1. This batter can also be used for making crispy crispy dosas...add ghee while making dosas.
2.Adding fried cashews is optional.

Nithya  – (June 11, 2009 at 11:34 AM)  

The idlys are looking cute.. :) mummy makes this in a different way.. should try this too. :)

Padma  – (June 11, 2009 at 11:37 AM)  

Lovely idlis ... looks so soft and fluffy and same again " very cute presentation" :)

Home Cooked Oriya Food  – (June 11, 2009 at 11:48 AM)  

Looks so tempting. It looks a lot like Oriya steamed pithas...
Great click!

Laavanya  – (June 11, 2009 at 12:25 PM)  

I've always wanted to try kanchipuram idlis - nice presentation.

Shabs..  – (June 11, 2009 at 1:03 PM)  

Thx alot Pavithra for taking time to comment in my blog.
Im having a craving for iddlis now. Can u tell me what idli rice is?...Never made idli before....I love that green chutney that u kept along with that idli...have to see if u have posted the recipe here...lemme chk, If not i request you to:)Cos thats too tempting.

Srilakshmi  – (June 11, 2009 at 1:08 PM)  

beautifully soft Idlis! And a very cute presentation indeed..

Anonymous –   – (June 11, 2009 at 1:12 PM)  

how many varities of idli doas u knw ? a 100? just wondering..great recipe

Vrinda  – (June 11, 2009 at 1:21 PM)  

Yummy spicy idlies..nice presentation as usual

Chef Jeena  – (June 11, 2009 at 1:26 PM)  

Delicious rice cakes I could just take a slice and eat it up. :-)

Sowmya  – (June 11, 2009 at 1:36 PM)  

Though I hail from TN, I have never tried Kanchipuram Idli yet...I am going to try this for next week's breakfast.

Nice recipe and great presentation.

Btw, do u tried your hands on any arts & crafts, Try it, am pretty sure u ll flourish :)

veena  – (June 11, 2009 at 1:40 PM)  

Hi Pavithra...
Wow Kanchipuram Idli ..Sounds great yaar and ofcourse the pictures are so mouth watering ...Very nice presentation ..will try this version for sure ..thanks dear for the recipe..i have added u in m blog will be visiting here often .
take care

Pooja  – (June 11, 2009 at 1:56 PM)  

You have given life to the idlis.. great idea... my hubby is a great fan of kancheepuram idlis..

Anonymous –   – (June 11, 2009 at 2:28 PM)  

WOW thats a great no guilt recipe! You have a great cooking and presentation skill. I will surely try this. Keep it going...........

Priya Suresh  – (June 11, 2009 at 2:50 PM)  

Such a delicious dish, had kanchi idli long back, makes me hungry!

nora@ffr  – (June 11, 2009 at 3:00 PM)  

Never had this before, sounds really delicious!!

Pooja  – (June 11, 2009 at 3:03 PM)  

Looks so spongy n delicious! My mom prepares something similar to this. Had forgotten about it until I saw yours! Lovely presentation too!

kittymatti  – (June 11, 2009 at 4:06 PM)  

super kanchipuram idli! Very cute presentaiton dear

Sweta (My Indian Dietitian)  – (June 11, 2009 at 4:14 PM)  

What a cute presentation style-love it!!
BTW,hope you've got room for me to shift in-I'm serious ;)

Priyameena  – (June 11, 2009 at 4:30 PM)  

Looks Yummy..Nice presentation..

Unknown  – (June 11, 2009 at 4:35 PM)  

wow!!beautiful soft Idlis,looks so cute .Idli is supposed to be a healthy food. Nice recipe

Malar Gandhi  – (June 11, 2009 at 5:03 PM)  

Oh my god, I cant help but just gazing at your pictures...your culinary and photography skills amazes me. Love Kancheepuram idly so much, miss it.

I even liked your tomato dosa, those are so perfect...crispy!!!

Unknown  – (June 11, 2009 at 5:26 PM)  

We also make it in our home, but i didn't know that Kancheepuram Idli can look so good until i saw your photo. They look like little cuties and the chutneys complement perfectly. Just lovely.

Vikis Kitchen  – (June 11, 2009 at 8:14 PM)  

Kanchi idlies look so cute. Nice photo. Want to have it now:)

chef and her kitchen  – (June 11, 2009 at 9:51 PM)  

They look so yummy pavithra...We also prepare this at home...:)
Mom makes another variety of this also..

ARUNA  – (June 12, 2009 at 12:23 AM)  

wow very tempting Pavithra!!!

lata raja  – (June 12, 2009 at 2:10 AM)  

Picture perfect!!!you have got me longing for some.

Raaga  – (June 12, 2009 at 3:06 AM)  

I love how you've presented it... one of my fave snacks when I visit my classmate. :)

Parita  – (June 12, 2009 at 5:41 AM)  

kanchipuram idlis are my fav, m now craving for them :( nice presentation dear..made me hungry :)

Bergamot  – (June 12, 2009 at 6:24 AM)  

They look great. A nice breakfast treat.

Nabanita  – (June 12, 2009 at 10:49 AM)  

Steamed rice cake looks delicious...

Sakshi  – (June 12, 2009 at 11:16 AM)  

Aioo me and my stupidity. I had been to Kanchipuram and all I was looking out for at that time was sarees. Now you have showed one more gem from that famous place. You know to cook everything no?? I thought idlis came only in one shape...sigh! Loved your presentation once again

Valarmathi Sanjeev  – (June 12, 2009 at 11:37 AM)  

Wow idlis looks yummy , cute and lovely.

Pooja  – (June 12, 2009 at 5:56 PM)  

yummy pavithra..Never got a chance to taste it..

Aparna Balasubramanian  – (June 14, 2009 at 7:19 AM)  

Nice to see this favourite here. My version is a bit different but these idlis are very good.

Sailaja Damodaran  – (June 15, 2009 at 1:53 AM)  

nice decoration....& congrats for the award

Shabs..  – (June 18, 2009 at 2:09 PM)  

Hi dear...I went to few asians shops around here and they dint seem to know what idli rice is!!!Is it long grain rice?Wud love to make this..And u have mentioned idli rawa, can we use normal one?...

Minu  – (August 11, 2009 at 3:17 AM)  

wonderful Idlis.
I love your presentation

Vidhya  – (February 25, 2014 at 7:44 PM)  

Kancipuram Idly looks nice. Love the idea of cutting it in to triangles...

Unknown  – (February 24, 2015 at 6:12 AM)  

Nice Post keep continue your work really appreciating work great post and thanks for sharing informative post.

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