collection of 14 different types of idli varieties | 7 leftover idli recipes

Collection of 14 tasty idli varieties – idlis, dosa, medu vada are popular South Indian breakfast or tiffin snacks. They are usually served coconut chutney, sambar or rasam. There are various varieties of both idli and dosa. Each region has their own variations.

Most South Indian recipes are healthy, delicious and also easy to prepare. Idli made from fermented batter is one of the healthiest food and if possible do include soft light fluffy steamed idlis in your diet. Idli being fermented is very healthy and should be on the menu of health conscious people. Being healthy is also one of the reason that both idli and dosa have become popular all over India and even abroad.

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idli recipes

There are many different types of idli varieties Made in India. You can make idli from rice, rava, ragi, lentils, brown rice and so on.

The key in making soft idlis is the correct fermentation of the idli batter. If your idli batter is fermented well then the idlis will be soft and fluffy. You can check this post on How to make idli dosa batter. serve idlis with coconut chutney, sambar, idli podi or make idli chaat with it. I have also shared Instant idli mix recipe.

Usually idli and dosa are taken for breakfast but you can have them at any time of day. Here I am sharing the collection of idli varieties already posted on the blog. I am soon going to add more idli varieties like brown rice idli, daliya idli etc.

Collection of 14 tasty idli varieties

1. Idli recipe – this popular idli recipe post has a lot of tips on making idli batter and step by step photos for making soft idlis at home.

idli recipe


2. Poha idli – soft, light and fluffy idlis made with poha (flattened rice), idli rice and urad dal. These poha idlis are so soft that you would love them to dunk in sambar and coconut chutney. In fact even a veg korma will go very well with them. I make Set dosa using a similar proportion.

poha idli recipe


3. Rava idli – quick and easy idlis made with sooji or semolina. Requires no grinding and fermentation. You can also check this Rava dosa recipe.

rava idli recipe


4. Oats idli – quick oats idli recipe without fermentation. Step by step post. I have also posted Oats dosa recipe.

oats idli recipe


5. Instant idli – quick and instant recipe of preparing soft idlis. No fermentation required. The recipe yields really good soft and fluffy idlis. For an instant idli recipe, the texture of these idlis is too good. If you are looking for instant idli-dosa options then you can check these recipes:

instant idli recipe

6. Ragi idli – soft as well as nutritious idlis made with finger millet flour, parboiled rice and urad dal. I have also shared Ragi dosa recipe.

ragi idli recipe


7. Instant poha idli – as the name suggests this is quick method of preparing idlis. No fermentation is required. Poha makes these idlis light and fluffy. In the recipe I have ground urad dal, but you can also use readymade urad dal flour.

instant poha idli recipe


8. Kanchipuram idli – kanchipuram idlis are a well known variety of idlis. These are idlis spiced with cumin, pepper and ginger powder. Traditionally they are made and offered as naivedyam to bhagwan vishnu in the varadharaja perumal temple in kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu.

kanchipuram idli recipe


9. Cooked rice idli – ultra soft idlis made with cooked rice, idli rava (cream of rice) and urad dal. If there is any leftover batter then you can easily make Paniyaram recipe from it.

cooked rice idlis recipe


10. Soft idli with idli rava – soft, fluffy idlis made with idli rava or cream of rice.

idli recipe with idli rava


11. Idli in jackfruit leaves – kotte kadubu are super soft aromatic idlis made in jackfruit leaves cup. In Konkani language, these idlis are known as hittu or khotte. Steaming in jackfruit leaves give the idlis the flavor and aroma of the jackfruit leaves.

kotte kadubu recipe

12. Thinai idli – light, savory idlis made with foxtail millet and rice. Foxtail millet is also known as ‘navane’ in kannada, ‘thinai’ in tamil, ‘kangni’ in hindi, ‘korra’ in telugu.

thinai idli recipe


13. Okra idli – soft, fluffy, delicious idli recipe, prepared using bhindi/okra. you can also try making okra dosa with the same batter.

bhindi idli recipe


14. Samvat rice idli (vrat ki idli) – unique idli recipe made without rice which you can make for fasting or for regular days too. This is fermented idli made from sama/samo/samvat/vari rice which is a millet grain used during fasting in India.

vrat ki idli recipe

7 leftover idli recipes

1. Podi idli – in podi idli, a mixture of Idli podi (milagai podi) and sesame oil or ghee is mixed and then smeared in idlis. Podi idli is very tasty and usually packed for travel journeys.

podi idli recipe

2. Idli chaat – pan fried crisp idlis topped with mix of chutneys, onions and sev.

idli chaat recipe


3. Idli fry – crisp idli fry made with left over idlis. Can be served with coconut chutney, sambar or tomato sauce.

idli fry recipe

4. Idli upma – simple, no frills homely upma recipe made with leftover idlis. A quick breakfast and gets done in 15 minutes.

idli upma - idli recipes

5. Masala idli – an easy and tasty recipe of a snack. You can use regular idlis or mini idlis to make this snack.

masala idli - idli recipes

6. Chilli idli recipe – spicy Indo Chinese recipe of chilli idli fry. I have not deep fried the idlis and have pan fried them. I always pan fry the idlis while preparing idli chilly. If you want you can deep fry the idlis.

chilli idli recipe

7. Idli manchurian recipe – this Indo Chinese fusion dish is spicy and lightly sweet and sour. making idli manchurian is quick and the recipe gets done in 20 to 25 minutes.

idli manchurian recipe

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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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8 comments/reviews

  1. Madam actully cant make it exact
    Recipes are good but unable to make it as it should be
    Pls advice
    I love your recipes

    • thank you. if you do not get any ingredient when making any recipe, then you can skip that ingredient or use a possible substitute. hope this helps.

  2. Hi Amit, can you please post some dry chutney/powder chutney /podi recipie which can last longer?

    • i will try to add.

  3. Hello Dassana,
    I was not knowing where to post this question. Sorry for posting here. Which kadai is best to be used. Like aluminium,iron or steel. I have used iron just afraid of rusting in case of steel it is good gives great cleaning and in case of aluminum not easy to clean.
    Please guide.


    • Megha, Iron or steel kadai is best. steel kadai should be heavy otherwise food will get burnt. avoid aluminium. after washing the iron kadai, clean it with a dry cloth and it won’t rust. make sure that you don’t keep the iron kadai in a wet place. iron kadai is good for health.

  4. Xtremely grateful to your posts. they are very very very useful and easy to make.. Particlarly to widowers who will have health issues and cannot eat outside food… these posts are really helpful. Grateful.

    • thanks sarma for your positive feedback and kind words. glad to know that you found the post helpful.