Thursday, February 14, 2013

Cornmeal idli | Steamed Savory Cornmeal Cakes : Gluten free and vegan recipe

I am experimenting a lot with the corn meal these days. I tried adding them to rice flour roti, rava idli, muthiya and many more. Couple of months back, I thought of making idlis with the corn meal. I replaced the idli rava with the corn meal & got great results!

Here is my version of the corn meal idli.

Preparation Time: 30 mins (Excludes fermentation & soaking time)
Cooking Time: 30 mins

Ingredients: (For about 40 idlis)
  • Skinned black gram/Urad dal: 1 cup
  • Corn meal: 2.5 cups
  • Rice flakes/Poha/Avalakki: 1/2 cup
  • Salt: As needed
Other ingredients:
Oil: To grease the idli moulds.

Special utensils needed:
Idli plates with the stand

Wash the urad dal throughly. Soak it for 3-4 hours.
Mix together the corn meal & the rice flakes. Wash it & drain the water. Soak the corn meal & rice flakes mixture for an hour.
Drain the water from the soaked lentils & add them to the food processor jar.
Add 2-3 tbsp of ice cold water to the lentils & pulse for few seconds. Add few tablespoons of ice cold water to the very coarsely done lentils & pulse again. Repeat the whole process of adding ice cold water & pulsing for at-least 5-6 times. 
The lentils paste must be very smooth & frothy. 
Refer the notes here to know more about how to grind the urad dal.
Scoop out the paste to a broad vessel. 
Add the corn meal + rice flakes mixture to the food processor & grind them to a coarse paste. Do not add more water while grinding.
Pour this coarse paste over the scooped lentils mixture.
Mix well & adjust the consistency of the batter.
Allow the batter to ferment for 8-10 hours or overnight.
Add salt to the fermented batter & gently mix the batter.
Grease the idli plates & pour a ladle full of batter onto each mould.

Steam the idlis for 10-15 mins.
Allow it to cool for another 5 mins.

Remove the idlis with a spoon and serve them hot with chutney/sambar/dip or chutney powder.


  1. This looks very innovative.
    Nice try.

    Raksha's Kitchen

  2. Cake looks so delicious. Even the hat is very cute.

  3. I thought it must b cornmeal idli when u posted it in looks nice and delicious

  4. innovative and healthy tempting idlis.

  5. Ah! I was guessing it to be oats but could not comment. This is cool

  6. Such a awesome work Sushma,beautiful hat..

    Cornmeal idlis looks simply awesome.

  7. Looks yummy Sushma!! Nice :)

  8. Hi, Sushma--how do you wash cornmeal and poha together--isn't cornmeal like a powder and will run thru when washed? Do let me know--thanks--Reva

  9. @Anonymous -Reva,
    Corn meal will be like rava/semolina (a little coarser than the idli rava). If you find it difficult to wash it, just soak the corn meal & poha together with little water.
    Rest is the same.

  10. Thanks for posting it.. I shall definitely try it



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