Recently, when I was doing the Blogging Marathon and I was reading up on Diabetes Management, I came across this information that corn is indeed diabetic friendly when consumed in limited portions. Thats what prompted me to look for innovative ways to consume corn. The best way to enjoy the goodness of corn is to eat corn on the cob and eat it as fresh as we possibly can. But I was intrigued by the usage of cornmeal by fellow bloggers and decided to give it a try. My first attempt was by using it in the preparation of instant idlis. I must say, texture and taste wise, they were very similar to the regular rava idli.

Cornmeal Idli

Recipe adapted from here.
Ingredients - 

Corn meal 1 cup
Yogurt/Curds 1-1 1/2 cups 
Baking soda 1/2 tsp
Carrots grated 1/2 cup
Green Beans finely chopped 1/2 cup
Cashew bits 2 Tbsp (Optional)
Coriander leaves finely chopped 2 Tbsp (Optional)
Green chillies 1-2 (as per taste)
Salt as per taste
Seasoning (Oil 2 tsp, Chana dal 1 tsp, Urad dal 1 tsp, mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, jeera 1/2 tsp , curry leaves a few, Asafoetida/Hing 1/8 tsp)

Cornmeal Idli

Method Of Preparation - 

In a heated skillet, add oil and the seasoning and after the mustard seeds splutter, add the grated carrot,beans and finely chopped green chillies. [ Roast the cashew bits if using.]

After the carrots and beans are sauteed, add the corn meal and fry for about 2 min.

Switch off the flame and in a mixing bowl, transfer the contents of the skillet and let it cool.

After a few minutes (5-6 min) add the baking soda and mix well. Then add curd and water and mix well to make a batter (like idli batter).

Leave the batter aside for 10 min. Mix in the coriander leaves if using.

Grease the idli plates and put a ladle-ful batter into each of the moulds and steam them for 15-20 min.
Cornmeal Idli

Upon cooling a little, take them out and enjoy with chutney of your choice. We enjoyed with peanut chutney!

Sending these idlis to Srivalli's Breakfast Mela.

and also linking it to the Bookmarked Recipes by Aipi and Priya.

Makes approx. 16 Idlis
Preparation Time  30 min
Posted by Harini on Tuesday, April 26, 2011


  1. Satya Says:
  2. wow....wonderful idlies...never tried them before...bookmarked ..yummy
    Super Yummy Recipes

  3. Healthy idlis..
    looks so yummy n filling..

  4. Archana Says:
  5. I rarely make rava idlis but these are inviting me to give it a try.

  6. Suma Gandlur Says:
  7. They look delectable. I too used make them but totally stopped now. The other adult loves the regular ones with a bucket full of sambhar compared to other versions. :)

  8. Priya Suresh Says:
  9. Idlis looks wonderful,super inviting and prefect..

  10. aipi Says:
  11. The idli flower looks beautiful :) Cornmeal in idlies is super innovative idea..
    Thanks a lot for linking this to bookmark event :)
    US Masala

  12. Unknown Says:
  13. this is wonderful...i am gonna try this...did u use any particular corn meal?
    Smitha's Spicy Flavors

  14. divya Says:
  15. Healthy idlis..looks so yummy n filling..

  16. Unknown Says:
  17. wow, how beautifully presented. Love it. What is corn meal? Is it corn flour or ground dry corn?

  18. Unknown Says:
  19. wow....wonderful idlies...~

  20. Delicious and healthy idli
    South Indian Home

  21. Harini Says:
  22. Thanks everyone.
    @Smitha and Priya - I used Swad brand cornmeal from the local Indian store. It was like Sooji / Bombay Rava consistency.

  23. Padma Says:
  24. Healthy idlis.

  25. Colorful, healthy and perfect idlis.. so beautiful clicks..
    Breakfast Club - Pancakes

  26. Agree cornmeal r diabetic friendly in limits.. i love these idlias.. they r so yumm n love ur blogs name i remember my granpa i always tell him "No tamalapaku thatta" ...

    Happy to follow ur blog ..grt recipes..

  27. Suman Singh Says:
  28. Delicious and healthy the recipe..thanks for sharing!

  29. Srivalli Says:
  30. Very pretty looking idlis ok..thanks for sending them!

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