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Vegan Indian Rice Cakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

This dish-- Idli, is also known as Indian rice cakes. It's a very famous dish, and it falls under the country's umbrella of Southern cuisine. Idli is a famous breakfast entree that is prepared with rice flour. Essentially, it is like a steamed fermented patty. It is extremely easy to prepare and is quite healthy as well. Let's get started.


  • 2 cups of semolina
  • Water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup of black gram lentils
  • ½ cup of flattened rice
  • Oil


  • Step 1: Soak the semolina, lentils, and flattened rice in a bowl for 3-4 hours.
  • Step 2: Add the mixture to a food processor. Process until smooth.
  • Step 3: Add salt to the batter and stir well. Make sure that the salt is well incorporated.
  • Step 4: Cover the batter with a lid and set it aside for several hours to ferment.
  • Step 5: When has risen and seems fermented, it's ready.
  • Step 6: Grease your preferred mold with oil so the batter doesn’t stick when steaming. Add your batter to your mold-- if you don't have a traditional Idli mold, muffin cups will do! Steam in a steamer for about 10 minutes. Check frequently-- they don't take long.

Once slightly cooled, remove them from molds and serve them with any chutney or sauce. In India, the cakes are usually served with sambar (gravy that is made from vegetables) or coconut chutney. Often, the more sauces, the better! Enjoy!

Photograph Courtesy: Flickr.

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  1. Carole
    Interesting recipe :)


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