Tricolor Idli

This Lovely snack is completely my innovation in the world of Rava Idlis...Not a single webpage turned for this idea...
I love Rava Idlis and always try to experiment in making them much more interesting and tastier. Earlier I use to experiment with the stuffing...then one day for my hubby dear's office breakfast party, that was coincidentally on January 26th, I planned to make Stuffed Idlis along with the Mini Frittatas. So.... to make the white color idli look more interesting, I thought of making them colorful and then the idea of making them TRICOLOR came to my mind. All the colors were present in my kitchen in the form of vegetables....and the inspiration in the form of our Republic Day in my heart created the most beautiful, soft and fluffy Idlis I have ever made till date. 

It was a super-hit breakfast item in that party. Everyone was asking for the recipe.. So here is the recipe for this beautiful snack that goes great with green chutney or ketchup.

For Idli:
  • One cup Soozi(Rava/Semolina/Cream of Wheat)
  • 6 tablespoon plain Yogurt
  • 2 tablespoon Spinach paste, fresh spinach completely blended to a paste
  • 2 tablespoon Tomato Puree, completely blended to a paste
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Salt (according to taste)
  • 1 tsp Butter for frying
For Stuffing:
  • 1 onion very finely chopped
  • 2-3 green chilies finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Red chili powder
  • Salt
  1. Beat yogurt with little water for 2-3 minutes. See there are no lumps left in the batter. 
  2. Mix this yogurt solution with Semolina and make a batter by adding more water if required. The batter of yogurt and soozi should be to the consistency of neither too thin nor too thick.
  3. Add salt and Baking powder.
  4. Divide this semolina batter into three equal portions in three separate containers.
  5. In the first container, add tomato puree. Mix well.
  6. In the second container, add a little more yogurt. Mix well.
  7. In the third container, add spinach paste. Mix well.
  8. All the three batters should be of the same consistency. {Note: Do not keep the consistency of all the three batters too thick, else the idlis will turn out very hard and not spongy.)
  9. Meanwhile mix finely chopped onions, green chilis, red chili powder and salt.
  10. Lightly oil Idli trays with spray cooking oil or extra virgin olive oil.
  11. Prepare idli steamer by preheating water to a boil ( i prefer using stove-top idli maker. )
  12. Pour half teaspoon from each batter side by side carefully into the idli mold. Now put half teaspoon of onion mixture for the stuffing in the center of the mold. Again repeat the process of pouring each batter to cover the stuffing in the respective manner.
  13. This process of making idlis will take a little more time and effort.
  14. As soon as you finish filling all the molds, put the idli stand into the steamer.
  15. Place a tight lid on the steamer and steam idlis for 15 minutes on medium heat.
  16. Remove idlis from the trays by scooping them out with a spoon.
  17. Heat a flat skillet on medium heat and apply butter. One by one place idlis on the skillet so that only the center portion of the idli touches the skillet. Heat for 2-3 minutes.  
  18. The beautiful stuffed idlis are ready.
  19. Serve hot with chutney or ketchup.

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  1. Oh my God....Lovely....what beautiful colors...
    I am a regular follower of your blog...great recipes...all the best

  2. wow they look so cute ... wish I could pick one of them and pop into my mouth...

  3. lovely....beautiful presentation and it lookss yummy...

  4. This is a very beautiful presentation!

  5. Wow very the idea of hving 3 colours in a single idli.

  6. Wow!!!!!
    Never thought idli can be so beautiful!!!!!!
    Will sure give this a try....
    Very Nice all your recipes

  7. Thank you for sending the wonderful looking idlis

  8. Wow...this is fantastic...and looks awesome..sure can be a hit recipe in any party...

  9. one of our favourite thank you for linking
    colourful idli

  10. Anshu,thanks for stopping by to comment on my idli's and leading me to these idli's :) they have turned out excellent :)!!!

  11. Thanks Everyone...

    I am sorry I have lost 11 other precious comments on this post. :((

    @ Mrs K
    Me too love your idlis...its nice to share the same idea of these lovely idlis with someone on web after one whole year..

  12. yummy and very atractive idlies.
    nice, Indian flag idlies

  13. wow!!!you have created a magic

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  14. Almost unbelievable!!!! I eat idlis almost daily, never thought of making them this way. Planning to make this tomorrow...will let you know how it came out! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Wow! How colourful and attractive they look, really nice twist to the traditional idli's.

  16. Lovely idlis, Anshu - did something similar for Republic day except it was three different kind of idlis - Labor of love you have there - Awesome :))

  17. o my my, anshu this is truly superb ! loved the idea n its perfect execution

  18. These are beautiful! I love the colors and buns look so light and fluffy =)

  19. wow..ths s one heaven of a dish..happy to follow u....

  20. Oh...Superb recipe....and very beautiful space....glad to follow it....

  21. wow..amazing !!! very colorful and beautiful idlys !!

    First time here...u have wonderful space !!! Happy to follow u :)

  22. Hey, this's spectacular! Colorful and innovative. Way to go, girl!

  23. That looks innovative all the gorgeous colors! Very neatly done :)

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  24. lovely colors...

    first time at your blog...enjoyed my visit

  25. Love it totally, amazing idlis ....what an innovative idea. The idlis looks super and thanks for linking it to WTML event & giveaway

  26. Tempting...beautiful IDLIS

  27. Iam Wowed with your colourful idlis, just lovely! Glad to follow you.
    do visit my space when you find time

  28. thank you for linking this delicious idly to the event cooking with love

  29. very colourful !! pics are so nice..
    Happy to follow you, I saw your idly pics and came here..
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  30. how son will love it ....thanks for sending it to my event and using the rock !

  31. nice idea and tempting too........

  32. Really nice idea...I used to make veg idlis using carrot capsicum beans n coriender n my duaghter loves it...but this recipe is tempting too :)

  33. so colorful and tempting idlis!!! nice treat for the eyes!!! Thanks for sending this yummy recipe to my event.. Looking for more yummy recipes...

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  34. Not only do these idlis look beautiful but also very soft and spongy.
    Superb idea.



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