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Cornmeal Idli & Dosa

 Published 2009-Jun-26   Updated 2021-Aug-16

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Cornmeal Idli, Cornmeal Dosa)

Recipe For Cornmeal Idli & 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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Comments (35)

Person   ()
idli came very hard after become cool.. what to do
Person   ()
Was your curd sour enough?? Sour curd and baking soda should make the idlis soft...
Person   ()
Hi , I have just tried corn meal dosa, the best dosa I ever had, amazing.. Thank you ..
Person   ()
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   ()
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   ()
Yes you can. Make sure it is cornmeal and not corn flour or corn starch.
Person   ()
Thank you!! It was yellow cornmeal only. I misread the label. Made dosas today and it was real yummmmmm.....
Person   ()
Thats good to hear. Enjoy!
Person   ()
its gud to have some flavoured idli. it gives a new to taste.
Person   ()
Thank you.
Person   ()
what is cornmeal ?
Person   ()
Its coarsely ground corn. It is sold as corn rava or yellow corn flour in india.
Person   ()
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   ()
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   ()
Hi Dahlia,

tried dosa and was too good. tomorrow making idli out of it.
Person   ()
Great!! Try it and enjoy...
Person   ()
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   ()
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   ()
what is corn meal/?is it flour or grain?please tell us.
Person   ()
Person   ()
Corn Meal is the flour of yellow corn. You get it in india these days as yellow corn flour or yellow puttu flour.
Person   ()
Very creative and different!! Will surely make it!! Thanx
Person   ()
Thanks Dolly. Try it. It tastes great!!
Person   ()
it's very nice.
thank u so much
Person   ()
Glad you liked it.
Person   ()
hi Dahlia,

how are you and the fly specially the newborn.

i made the corn meal dosa yesterday. it was excellent. thank you.
Person   ()
Hi Raji, We are all doing good.
Person   ()
thanks aarushee. shall buy and try this.
Person   ()
looking good must try this.
Person   ()
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   ()
in hindi cornmeal is makai ka aata...
Person   ()
thanks for the information. shall buy makai ka atta
Person   ()
cornmeal is cornflour?
Person   ()
hi , nice recipe. can i use fine powdered cornmeal for this?
Person   ()
Yes you can.

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Comment by suvarn challa
    what is corn meal called in telugu......
it looks yummy i would like to cook....please reply soon
Reply :-
    Hi Suvarn, Cornmeal is coarsely ground corn. It has the texture ot rava and is white or yellow in colour. I'm not sure of its telugu name. I guess you will be able to find it in some major grocery stores. If you find the name, please share with us so that it will be helpful for many.

Comment by  Rohini Kute
    I am Indian living in mistake i brought cornmeal instead of corn flour and didn't know what to do with it....then i searched on internet and found ur site...i tried all the recipes for cornmeal and all came out very well...really very thankful to u...keep up the good work..ur site is really beautifully made...
Reply :-
    Thank You Rohini. Even I got Cornmeal by mistake the very first time. But after trying our all these recipes, nowadays I buy cornmeal regularly.

Comment by  Smitha Rose
    Where can i get this corn meal
Reply :-
    You can find corn meal is most grocery stores. It looks like rava but is yellow in colour.

Comment by  SUNITHA MENON on 18 January 2010 18:57PM
          is the corn meal same as corn flour?
Reply :-
    Hi Sunitha, Cornmeal is different from corn flour. Corn meal is coarsely ground flour from dried corn. Corn flour has more of the corn starch in it and it is finer in texture.

Comment by Rani on 27 January 2009 21:14PM
    Lovely picture dahlia and looks yummy too
Reply :-
    Thanks Rani

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