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Cornmeal Idli & Dosa

- Submitted by Dahlia on 26th Jan 2009

(Cornmeal Idli, Cornmeal Dosa)

Cornmeal Idli and Dosa


  • Cornmeal - 2 cups
  • Sour Yogurt - 2 cups
  • Carrot - 1 (grated)
  • Cilantro - handful (finely chopped)
  • Curry Leaves - 1 strand (finely chopped)
  • Water - as needed for batter
  • Oil- 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Channa dal- 1 tsp


  1. Heat oil in a pan and splutter the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and channa dal.
  2. Add the corn meal to this and roast it for few minutes. This step is optional but gives a nice nutty flavor. If you are in a hurry, skip this step.
  3. Switch off and add grated carrot, chopped curry leaves, cilantro, yogurt and required salt.
  4. Mix well and let this rest for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Add water to bring it to the right consistency for making idlis or dosas.
  6. For Idli: Add a pinch of baking soda to the above batter and mix nicely. Steam them in idli plates for 15 minutes. 
    For Dosa: Add little more water to bring the water to the right consistency (similar to rava dosa batter). Spread from the outside like rava dosa.

Serving Cornmeal Idli & Dosa

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Person Kalpana   (May 13, 2016)
Hi , I have just tried corn meal dosa, the best dosa I ever had, amazing.. Thank you ..
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (May 14, 2016)
That's great to hear Kalpana. Next time you make a dish, do click a picture and send me at . Would love to see your creations.
Person Anusha   (December 1, 2015)
Can I substitute yellow cornmeal for white cornmeal? I bought in excess by mistake. Please reply. This recipe sounds cool. Would love to give it a try.
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (December 16, 2015)
Yes you can. Make sure it is cornmeal and not corn flour or corn starch.
Person Anusha   (December 28, 2015)
Thank you!! It was yellow cornmeal only. I misread the label. Made dosas today and it was real yummmmmm.....
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (December 29, 2015)
Thats good to hear. Enjoy!
Person shreya aro   (June 30, 2014)
its gud to have some flavoured idli. it gives a new to taste.
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (July 2, 2014)
Thank you.
Person sharmila   (May 27, 2014)
what is cornmeal ?
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (May 27, 2014)
Its coarsely ground corn. It is sold as corn rava or yellow corn flour in india.
Person Ky. Wong   (August 30, 2016)
Hi Dahlia,
I wished you would put for how many this would serve as a snack. As a non-Indian person, I have no idea what a idli or dosa consistency is! Please specify or approximately, what amount of water is needed for each of the snack!
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (August 31, 2016)
Hi, For making dosas, the batter should be like a pancake batter. For making idlis, it should be little thicker in consistency.
Also the above measurement serves 4-6 adults. Hope this helps.
Person raji   (April 1, 2014)
Hi Dahlia,

tried dosa and was too good. tomorrow making idli out of it.
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (April 2, 2014)
Great!! Try it and enjoy...
Person suvarna   (February 6, 2014)
hey great recipe !!! one doubt....after roasting corn and switching off gas do we add the remaining items into the hot pan or do we have to cool it ?
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (February 6, 2014)
After roasting it, take it out into another mixing bowl. This will cool it a bit rather than keeping it in the hot pan. After that add the remaining ingredients.
Person chithra   (December 16, 2013)
what is corn meal/?is it flour or grain?please tell us.
Person chithra   (December 16, 2013)
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (December 17, 2013)
Corn Meal is the flour of yellow corn. You get it in india these days as yellow corn flour or yellow puttu flour.
Person Dolly   (August 17, 2013)
Very creative and different!! Will surely make it!! Thanx
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (August 17, 2013)
Thanks Dolly. Try it. It tastes great!!
Person vimala   (May 30, 2013)
it's very nice.
thank u so much
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (June 2, 2013)
Glad you liked it.
Person raji ramakrishnan   (June 3, 2012)
hi Dahlia,

how are you and the fly specially the newborn.

i made the corn meal dosa yesterday. it was excellent. thank you.
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (June 3, 2012)
Hi Raji, We are all doing good.
Person raji   (May 21, 2012)
thanks aarushee. shall buy and try this.
Person raji   (May 4, 2012)
looking good must try this.
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (May 4, 2012)
Hi Raji,
Corn meal is different. It is coarse flour made from dried corn. The texture is similar to rava and the colour is yellowish. But cornflour has more of the corn starch in it. It is good for thickening soups due to its starchy texture. I haven't tried with corn flour so I'm not sure if it will work out.
Person aarushee   (May 17, 2012)
in hindi cornmeal is makai ka aata...
Person raji   (May 25, 2012)
thanks for the information. shall buy makai ka atta

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