Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Servings: 6 

What is Cornmeal Idli?

Cornmeal Idli is a steamed savory Indian cake. Cornmeal Idli is made with cornmeal, yogurt, some spices, and almost no oil. Natural yellow color of cornmeal gives a beautiful tempting sensation to this recipe. Cornmeal Idli is a perfect breakfast recipe for quick and healthy choice.

Let’s learn to make Cornmeal Idli in 8 easy to understand quick steps.


  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 2 cups yogurt
  • 2 tbsp oil for frying
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp split bengal gram (chana dal)
  • 1 tsp white lentils (urad dal)
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 2 tsp chopped ginger
  • 2 green chilies, chopped
  • salt as per taste
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • oil for brushing moulds


  1. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, split bengal gram, and white lentils. Fry them for 2 minutes.
  2. Add peanuts and sauté for 3 minutes. Now add chopped ginger and chopped green chilies. Sauté for 1 minute.
  3. Add cornmeal, and salt to this and roast for 3 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat. Transfer into mixing bowl. Add yogurt and mix well. Add water if needed to make a smooth batter. Cover the bowl, and let it rest for 30 minutes.
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  6. Add baking soda to the idli batter, and mix gently until it becomes fluffy.
  7. Grease the microwave-safe idli moulds and keep aside. Add the water in the microwave safe idli steamer, and microwave on high setting for 30 seconds.
  8. Add 2 tbsp of the batter into 4 greased idli moulds and microwave on high setting for 4 minutes. Repeat this with the remaining batter to make rest of the idlis.
  9. Serve Cornmeal Idli hot with coconut chutney or any other chutney. Enjoy!


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