Kanchipuram Idli Recipe| Kancheepuram Idli

How to make Kancheepuram Idli - Recipe to make this traditonal South Indian breakfast dish.
Kancheepuram Idli

Kancheepuram Idli Recipe or Kachipuram Idli – Kanchipuram is a temple town in Tamil Nadu South India. Tamil Nadu is well known for its many breakfast recipes but apparently this Idli has been popularized by the name of the town itself – Kancheepuram.

The Idli is made here by steaming it in containers laden with a special type of locally available leaf called Mantharai leaf (Bauhinia Variegata). This give the Idlis a unique flavor.

If you don’t have access to this leaf, you can use either the Banana leaf or Arecanut leaf. Or simply use an Idli vessel to steam the Idlis and the flavor will be just right.

Kanchipuram Idli Recipe| Kancheepuram Idli 1
Idli in Tamil cuisine is often served with Milaga Podi (a type of chill powder) that serves as an accompaniment to Idlis. Photo: Wikipedia

This traditional South Indian dish has a unique flavor in that we use Black peppers which gives it that different taste while also retaining the known softness and texture of Idli.

You can serve this Chutney or Sambar. This is usually a breakfast dish but you can serve for Lunch or Dinner as well.

Other Idli recipes:

Moong Dal Idli
Vegetable Idli

Step-by-step recipe for Kanchipuram Idli below


Kancheepuram Idli

Kanchipuram Idli Recipee

How to make Kancheepuram Idli - Recipe to make this traditonal South Indian breakfast dish.
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Servings 20 Idlis
Calories 203 kcal


  • 2 cups Raw rice
  • 2 cups Urad Dal or Black Gram Dal
  • 5 tablespoon Oil
  • 4 tablespoon Ghee
  • 2 teaspoon Whole Black pepper
  • 1/2 liter Curd or Yogurd. Should be fresh and thick
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon Cumin seeds

How to make:

  • Soak dhal and rice together for 3 hours.
  • Grind this after soaking till it reaches a coarse consistency.
  • Batter should be thick preferably.
  • Allow it to ferment for about 10 hours or
  • Before pouring the batter into idli plates for steaming, add oil, ghee pepper, cumin seeds, curds and soda to the batter.
  • Grease idli plates and pour batter as in normal idlis but a bit thicker.
  • Steam till the idli is cooked.
  • This will take approximately 35- 45 minutes.
  • Serve hot along with idli chilli powder or Milagai podi (in Tamil).
  • You can make plate idlis if you want to add excitement to your idlis.
  • Instead of the normal idli plates, grease and steam in bigger plates to make 4 or 5 plate idlis.

Nutrition / Calories (Estimate only)

Nutrition Facts
Kanchipuram Idli Recipee
Amount Per Serving
Calories 203 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 28mg1%
Potassium 69mg2%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 27IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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