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Curd Idli (Dahi Idli)

 Published 2008-Jun-24   Updated 2017-Sep-05

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Thayir Idli, Yogurt Idli)

Recipe For Curd Idli


  • Mini Idlis - 25 (or 6 regular idlies cut into 4 pieces each)
  • Curd (Dahi/Yogurt/Thayir) - 4-5 cup
  • Milk/ Water - 1 cup
  • Cilantro - for garnish
  • Carrot(grated)- for garnish
  • Sugar - a pinch
  • Salt - to taste

For Grinding

  • Cashew - 1 tbsp
  • Coconut (fresh grated) - 2 tbsp
  • Green chillies - 2

For Seasoning

  • Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 5-6
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Dry red chillies - 3-4
  • Asaefoetida - a pinch
  • Oil - 1 tbsp


  1. Make mini idlis in the usual procedure and keep aside. If you do not have mini idli plate, make regular idlis and cut it into four.
  2. Beat the curd with water/ milk. Add the required salt and sugar to it.
  3. Heat oil in a small pan, splatter the mustard seeds, urad dal, dry red chillies and curry leaves.
  4. Add this to the beaten curd with a pinch of asaefoetida.
  5. Grind the cashews, green chillies and grated coconut together and add it to the curd as well.
  6. Finally add the idlis half an hour before serving to prevent it from becoming soggy.
  7. Garnish with grated carrot and chopped cilantro.
  8. Refrigerate and serve it chillied. It is the most refreshing snack for a summer day.


  • You can even fry the idlis before adding to the curd to prevent it from getting too soggy quickly. In that case, do not over-fry so that the idli changes its colour but try to retain the cream colour.

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Comments (4)

Person   ()
Looks good. i must try this variation.

another variation to this:
I make:
after cutting the idlis into four parts slightly fry them in oil. place them in a bowl. Beat the curd with salt and sugar, pour over the idli. sprinkle on top of it little roasted jeera powder, chat masala, black salt, red chilli powder. garnish with finely chopped green coriander. While serving, top it with nylon sev which is readily available in the market for bhelpuri, sev puri etc.
Person   ()
Thats another interesting variation. Will surely try it.
Person   ()
Must tri
Person   ()
Thank you.

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