How to Make Spinach Idli

Updated on April 29, 2018
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What Is Idli? How Do You Make Spinach Idli?

Idli is a steamed dish made from a fermented batter of rice and black lentils. Each idli has about 39 calories, 2 g protein, 2 g dietary fiber, 8 g carbohydrate, and no fat. This data clearly shows that idli is very nutritious.

Spinach idli is made by mixing lots of chopped spinach, grated ginger, and finely chopped tender chilies into the normal idli batter. You have to mix them into the batter when you're making the idli. This idli turns out flavorful, soft, and yummy. It is also considered a diabetic food due to its unique properties. It is easy on your stomach. It is low in calories and loaded with dietary fiber, iron, calcium, protein, and other minerals. It is fat-free. You can use spinach idli for weight-loss as well. Let me share the recipe.

Spinach idli
Spinach idli
5 stars for Spinach Idli
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: Serves four people

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups spinach, washed and finely chopped
  • 1 big bowl or container fermented rice and black lentil idli batter, you can also use idli/dosa batter available in Indian stores.
  • 1 inch ginger, grated or finely chopped
  • salt to taste
  • oil for greasing the idli moulds
  • 1 or 2 tender green chilies, finely chopped, optional, I used

Step-By-Step guidelines and Images for Making Spinach Idli

  1. Take fermented rice and black lentil idli batter in a vessel. You can also buy the idli/dosa batter from Indian stores.
  2. Add chopped spinach, grated ginger, finely chopped tender green chilies(optional), and salt. Thoroughly mix them. Leave for 5 minutes.
  3. Grease the idli moulds with oil. Pour the batter into the mould containers.
  4. Arrange the idli stand. Keep it inside the cooker or steamer. Steam cook them for 10-12 minutes on medium high fire.
  5. Turn off the fire. Take out the idli stand. Sprinkle a few drops of water on hot idli. This will make it easy to remove them from the moulds.
  6. Remove them with the help of a spoon handle when they are not so hot.
  7. Yummy and super soft spinach idli is ready to eat. Serve them hot with a spicy coconut chutney or with any other spicy condiment. Enjoy the taste!

Some Important Tips:

1. Idli batter should be thick. Thin idli batter yields hard idli.

2. Add chopped spinach, ginger, and green chilies to the batter 5 minutes before making the idli.

3. Adding the paste of spinach instead of chopped spinach gives not so soft idli. Hence, finely chop the spinach and mix it with the batter.

4. Adding grated ginger and tender green chilies make this idli spicy and flavorful.

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Step one: keep the ingredients readyStep two: Take them in a containerStep three: Thoroughly Mix themStep four: Pour the batter into the greased idli moulds. Steam cook them for 10-12 minutes.Step five: Take out the idli stand from the steamer/cooker. Sprinkle a few drops of water on it.Step six: Remove the idli from the moulds.Step seven: Yummy, flavorful, and soft spinach idli is ready to serve.
Step one: keep the ingredients ready
Step one: keep the ingredients ready
Step two: Take them in a container
Step two: Take them in a container
Step three: Thoroughly Mix them
Step three: Thoroughly Mix them
Step four: Pour the batter into the greased idli moulds. Steam cook them for 10-12 minutes.
Step four: Pour the batter into the greased idli moulds. Steam cook them for 10-12 minutes.
Step five: Take out the idli stand from the steamer/cooker. Sprinkle a few drops of water on it.
Step five: Take out the idli stand from the steamer/cooker. Sprinkle a few drops of water on it.
Step six: Remove the idli from the moulds.
Step six: Remove the idli from the moulds.
Step seven: Yummy, flavorful, and soft spinach idli is ready to serve.
Step seven: Yummy, flavorful, and soft spinach idli is ready to serve.

Nutritional Information of Spinach Idli

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 39
Calories from Fat9
% Daily Value *
Fat 1 g2%
Carbohydrates 8 g3%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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    • ShailaSheshadri profile imageAUTHOR

      ShailaSheshadri 

      13 months ago from Bengaluru

      Thanks. It is a healthy and tasty snack, a variation to regular lentil and rice idli. You can very well recommend it for good health.

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