Malli poo/ Mallige idli

Malli poo refers to the beautiful, fragrant, white jasmine flower in Tamil and Mallige in Kannada. The idli gets it’s name because of the softness and it’s whiteness. Sago pearls and beaten rice are what make this idli soft and white.


250 gms split black gram/ Urad dal

500 gms Idli rava/ rice rava

100 gms Sago pearls/ sabudana

100 gms beaten rice/ Poha

1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds/ Methi



Wash and soak the urad dal. Soak the methi seeds, sabudana and poha separately. All the three items are soaked for about four to five hours. Grind the urad dal to a smooth fluffy batter in the wet grinder for twenty minutes. If using the mixer ,cut down on the rice rava by half. Whisk well to incorporate air into the batter. The advantage of grinding in a wet grinder is that not only does the urad dal increase in volume but it also becomes extremely fluffy. Grind the sabudana, methi and poha in the mixer jar and tip it into the grinder. Grind for a further ten minutes so that the batter and the sago, poha ,methi mixture are mixed well. Tip the batter in a vessel. Wash the idli rava, drain, squeeze out the water and drop it into the batter. Add salt, mix well and allow to ferment for 12 hours. Mix the batter with a light hand. Grease the idli moulds with oil or ghee. Pour the batter into them and steam for ten minutes. Remove and allow to cool for five minutes. De mould and serve with chutney and sambhar. Recipe links to both Sambhar and chutney given below.

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