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Goan Style Idlis With Kadala Curry

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Goan style idlis are also known as sannas. They are also quite popular in Mangalore. Instead of the usual fermenting method, here yeast is used to speed up the process. I have served them with kadala curry which is a Kerala specialty.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Served AsBreakfast, Dinner
Servings 2


  • Idli rice - 1 and a half cups
  • Raw rice - 1/2 cup
  • Urad dal - 1/2 cup
  • Salt
  • Sugar - 2 tsp
  • Dry yeast - 1 tsp
  • Warm water - 1/2 cup
  • For the kadala curry:
  • Kala chana - 2 cups
  • Coconut - 1/2 cup grated
  • Coriander seeds - a fistful
  • Black pepper - 7-8
  • Dried red chillies - 5-6
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch stick
  • Cardamom - 3
  • To temper:
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Red chillies - 2
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  • Coconut oil - 3 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1 tsp


  • Soak the kala chana overnight. Pressure cook it with turmeric powder and salt and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Roast the red chillies, black pepper, coriander seeds, cinnamon, cardamom and coconut together. Once they cool, blend in a mixer into a fine paste.
  • Cook the kala chana and the masala paste together for 10-15 minutes.
  • Heat coconut oil in a kadai. Add mustard seeds, red chillies and curry leaves. Once they splutter, add to the curry. Serve with the hot fluffy idlis
  • For the idli batter, soak the urad dal and rice separately for 4 hours.
  • Now grind the urad dal till a fine paste is formed and keep aside. Grind the rice and mix with the urad dal paste. The batter should be slightly coarser than the regular idli batter.
  • 2-3 hours before cooking the idlis, soak the yeast in a cup of warm water by adding a tsp of sugar to it. After 10 minutes it will completely dissolve and form small bubbles. Add it to the idli batter. After 2 hours you can make the idlis.
  • Add salt and sugar to the batter. Dont overmix the batter.
  • Pour the batter halfway through in the idli moulds and steam for 15- 20 minutes. Your idlis are ready to be served with homemade kadala curry.


Dont mix the batter too much.

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Priya Iyer(Anitha)
Priya Iyer(Anitha)

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