Baked Vegetable Idli

Baked Vegetable Idli Recipe by Manjula

Baked Vegetable Idli

Baked vegetable Idli makes for a healthy and delicious appetizer or side dish. They are very eye-catching and great to present at a gathering for guests to pop into their mouth. They are the perfect addition to any menu because they are so easy to make. Idlies have a unique texture because they are soft but also slightly crisp on the bottom. Baked vegetable idli are best served with coconut chutney if served as an appetizer or with sambar if served with the main meal.
4.82 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Fermenting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 people


  • 1 cup coarse sooji semolina
  • 1/2 cup yogurt dahi, curd
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper finely chopped, capsicum, I am using green and yellow for color
  • 1 green chili finely chopped
  • 1 piece ginger finely grated
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro chopped, hara dhania
  • 1 cup water as needed
  • 1 tsp ENO fruit salt
  • 1 tsp salt

For Seasoning

  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds jeera
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds rai


  • Preheat the oven at 350 degrees (F).
  • Seasoning: heat the oil moderately in a saucepan. Add mustard and cumin seeds, as the seeds crack turn off the heat and set aside.
  • I am using mini cupcake tray, will make 24 idli, oil it and set aside.
  • Mix sooji, salt, yogurt, and water (as needed) to make a pancake-like batter. Set aside for at least 30 minutes.
  • Add the vegetables bell pepper, carrots, ginger, green chili, and cilantro. Add the seasoning and mix. The batter thickens as the semolina absorbs the water. At this point, add a little more water if it is too thick.
  • Add Eno Fruit Salt to the batter and mix well. The mixture will begin foaming. Immediately begin pouring into the cupcake tray. Place the tray in oven.
  • Bake the idlies for five minutes, then lay over the aluminum foil. Bake it again for 15 minutes. Idlies should be lightly brown from the sides.
  • Cool for few minutes before removing each individual idli. They should come out easily and not stick to the tray. The idlis should be spongy, and light golden color from the sides and bottom.


First, I baked the idlies without covering, then after 5 minutes I covered the Idlies, if you don’t cover Idlies, they will be dry and will lose the softness and texture.
you can prepare Idlies 2-3 days in advance, after they cool of refrigerate them in air tight container.
Before serving heat the Idlies in microwave for about two minutes. Idlies will be soft. Baked vegetable idli are best served with coconut chutney if served as an appetizer or with sambar if served with the main meal.
Keyword Kid Friendly, Rava Idli, Snack, South Indian Cuisine
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Baked Vegetable Idli Recipe: A Healthy Twist to Classic South Indian Cuisine

Baked Vegetable Idli is a versatile dish that perfectly fits various occasions and preferences. It serves as an ideal choice for appetizers, breakfast recipes, and even as a lunch box suggestion. During festive seasons like Diwali and Navaratri, it can be a delightful addition to the menu. Its kid-friendly nature makes it a hit among children, while its ease of preparation qualifies it as a quick and easy snack option. Additionally, its nutritious blend of vegetables adds a healthy touch, making it suitable for party recipes as well.

Introduction to Baked Vegetable Idli Recipe

If you’re looking to add a nutritious twist to your traditional South Indian breakfast, look no further than this delightful baked vegetable idli recipe. Vegetable idli is a beloved dish in Indian cuisine, cherished for its soft texture and aromatic flavors. In this rendition, we’ll explore how to make vegetable idli even healthier by baking it instead of the traditional steaming method. Packed with the goodness of assorted vegetables and aromatic spices, these baked vegetable idlis are not only delicious but also a wholesome treat for the entire family.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Make Vegetable Idli

Preparing the Batter for Baked Vegetable Idli

To start making baked vegetable idli, begin by soaking idli rice and split urad dal separately for about 4-6 hours. Once soaked, drain the water and grind them separately to a smooth consistency. Mix both the batters together in a large bowl and add some salt. Allow the batter to ferment overnight, ensuring it doubles in volume. Fermentation is crucial for the characteristic fluffy texture of idlis.

Incorporating Assorted Vegetables for Added Nutrition

While the batter ferments, prepare your choice of vegetables. Carrots, peas, bell peppers, and corn work wonderfully in this recipe. Finely chop or grate the vegetables and sauté them lightly with some mustard seeds, curry leaves, and green chilies for a burst of flavor. Once the vegetables are tender, mix them into the fermented idli batter.

Baking the Vegetable Idlis to Perfection

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease an idli tray with some oil. Pour the vegetable-laden batter into the idli molds, filling them about three-fourths of the way. Place the tray in the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the idlis are cooked through and have a golden hue on top. Once done, remove the tray from the oven and allow the idlis to cool slightly before unmolding them.

Serve and Enjoy the Baked Vegetable Idlis

Once cooled, gently remove the baked vegetable idlis from the molds and serve them warm with a side of coconut chutney or sambar for an authentic South Indian experience. These idlis make for a nutritious breakfast option or a wholesome snack any time of the day. Their vibrant colors and enticing aroma are sure to make them a hit with your family and friends.

Tips for Making Perfect Baked Vegetable Idlis

  • Ensure the batter is well-fermented for soft and fluffy idlis.
  • Don’t overmix the batter after adding vegetables to retain their crunchiness.
  • Adjust the baking time according to your oven as the temperature may vary.

Variations of Baked Vegetable Idli Recipe

  • Cheese-Stuffed Baked Vegetable Idlis: Add a surprise element by stuffing the idlis with cheese before baking for a gooey, indulgent twist.
  • Spinach and Fenugreek Baked Idlis: Boost the nutritional value by adding finely chopped spinach and fenugreek leaves to the batter for an extra dose of vitamins and minerals.
  • Masala Baked Idlis: Infuse the idlis with the flavors of garam masala, cumin, and coriander for a spicier variation.

Benefits of Including Baked Vegetable Idlis in Your Diet

  • Nutrient-Rich: Packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber from assorted vegetables, baked vegetable idlis make for a wholesome and balanced meal.
  • Low in Calories: Baking eliminates the need for excess oil, making these idlis a healthier alternative to their fried counterparts.
  • Suitable for All Ages: From toddlers to seniors, everyone can enjoy these soft and easily digestible idlis as part of a well-rounded diet.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Baked Vegetable Idlis

Q: Can I use any other vegetables apart from the ones mentioned in the recipe?

A: Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with your favorite vegetables or whatever you have on hand. Just ensure they are finely chopped or grated for even distribution.

Q: Can I make the batter in advance and store it for later use?

A: Yes, you can prepare the batter in advance and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Remember to bring it to room temperature before baking the idlis.

Q: Can I freeze the baked vegetable idlis?

A: While it’s best to consume them fresh, you can freeze the baked idlis in an airtight container for up to a month. Reheat them in the microwave or oven before serving.

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  • Beverages: Quench your thirst with the refreshing Mango Lassi, a classic Indian yogurt-based drink bursting with tropical flavors.
  • Desserts: Indulge your sweet tooth with the decadent Gulab Jamun, soft and spongy milk dumplings soaked in a fragrant sugar syrup.

With this comprehensive guide, you’re all set to whip up a batch of wholesome baked vegetable idlis that are as nutritious as they are delicious. Whether enjoyed for breakfast, as a snack, or even as part of a meal, these idlis are sure to become a favorite in your culinary repertoire.

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42 thoughts on “Baked Vegetable Idli

  1. I tried this method, but used MTR rava Idli mix. It was crispy and delicious. If you make this in advance, what is the best way to reheat so it does not loose crispness. Thanks a lot for posting, Roopa

  2. 5 stars
    This is just the kind of recipe I have been looking for to along with my diet plan. These look yum and the best part is it takes around 30 minutes for the whole prep and cooking. Also, instead of baking, would it a good option air fry the idlis?

  3. Thank you so much for sharing wonderful recipe, i didn’t make it yet but know this will be wonderful idea to bake ( i was planing do it before I see your recipe). Thank you so much again.

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