Sweet Idli

A sweeter variation of the South Indian idli which is made with semolina, milk, sugar, vanilla and butter and garnished with raisins and coconut powder.

This recipe requires an idli mould which is available at most Indian grocery stores.

For 20 pieces


  1. 2 cups semolina flour
  2. 3/4 cup milk powder
  3. 1/2 cup sugar
  4. 2 teaspoon baking powder
  5. 1/4 teaspoon cardamon powder
  6. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  7. 1/2 cup coconut powder
  8. 1/4 cup melted butter
  9. 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  10. 20 raisins


  1. In a large bowl, combine the semolina, milk powder, sugar and cardamon powder and mix well
  2. Add the melted butter little by little to form crumbs
  3. Gradually add the water and continue to work the mixture until it turns into a smooth creamy batter
  4. Add the vanilla essence and mix well
  5. Grease the idli mould plates with butter
  6. Place the mould in a water bath and verify that the plates do not come into direct contact with the water
  7. Heat the water until it starts boiling
  8. Once the water starts to boil, place the batter into the mould, making sure not to over fill the plates (fill up to 3/4 as this will rise)
  9. Place a raisin in the middle of each idli
  10. Cover the water bath and cook for 20 mins on medium heat
  11. Allow to cool and carefully remove each idli
  12. Sprinkle with powdered coconut


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