Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Mini Pepper Idli Recipe - Hotel Style | Easy Idli Varieties

Mini Pepper Idli Recipe
I have had pepper idli once at Sangeetha Restaurant in Chennai....8 yrs back, when I was working, there used to be Sangeetha hotel(T Nagar branch) near by our office and I had tasted this pepper idli when one of my colleagues ordered it.....By the look of it I was so much tempted and after tasting it I just loved it

Few months back I saw an ad here at Sree Annapoorna Restaurant.....I saw chilli idli and pepper idli, the pictures were damn good and tempting...I started drooling......which kindled me to try this the next day itself and it turned out soo good hubby loved it soo much.Dont go by the look of it, it is super spicy.
Mini Pepper Idli Recipe 

Mini Pepper Idli Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves : 1
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Mini Idli's - 12
Onion - 2 tbsp finely chopped
Capsicum - 2 tbsp finely chopped
Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves - 2 tsp finely chopped
Salt - to taste

To roast and grind :

Pepper - 1 tsp
Fennel Seeds - 1/2 tsp

To temper :

Oil - 2 tsp
Garlic - 1/2 tbsp finely chopped
Curry leaves - a small sprig

*Check here for detailed post for making idli


  1. Pour idli batter into the mini idli mould and steam it for 8-10mins. My mini idli steamer has cloth so I use it which gives more softer idlis.You can just pour it directly into the mould too.How to make pepper idli - Step1
  2. Carefully transfer the mini idlis to a plate and let it cool down.Meanwhile dry roast pepper,fennel seeds until nice aroma rises.Then grind it to a semi coarse powder.I used my hand mortar and pestle to get this job perfectly done.Set aside.
    How to make pepper idli - Step2
  3. Heat oil in a pan - add garlic and roast till slightly browned,then add curry leaves let it splutter then add onion and fry till golden brown.Then add capsicum and toss it well, then add masala powder(pepper fennel).How to make pepper idli - Step3
  4. Mix well, add garam masala powder required salt and fry it for 3mins.Then add mini idlis,sprinkle little water just to bring everything together and toss it until the idlis are nicely coated.Finally garnish with coriander leaves and switch off.How to make pepper idli - Step4
Serve hot / warm with plain curd or onion raita!
Mini Pepper Idli Recipe

My Notes:

  • If you dont have mini idli mould, then make regular idlis and chop them into cubes for making pepper idli.
  • You can even add 1 small sized tomatoes and saute along with onion.
  • Frying garlic till golden brown gives a great flavour to this dish.
  • You can even add veggies like carrot and cabbage.You can chop all veggies lengthwise like how to chop for making noodles.
Mini Pepper Idli Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Looks lovely :)

    Please do come visit my blog too if you like!

  2. Sharmi, Your coming up next still shows pepper idli :)..Also, in your notes, there is a typo for puttu.Sorry abt pointing the mistakes...Love this and sure gonna try soon...

  3. Wow for the idly pot. So cute :-)

  4. Sharmi, your comment section allowing only google users to comment. Please change it if possible :-)

  5. Lovely and delicious looking mini idlis.

  6. Awww.. those mini idlis are so cute... I would gobble them in one sitting :)

  7. Soo tempting!!!!! i m going to buy mini idly mould to try this!!!! thanks for the receipe :)

  8. Good one and as suggested by you, gives room for innovative variations

  9. Wow! Looks so delicious! Tempting clicks!

  10. I so love your recipes. In fact, I modified and tried a few of your recipes and voila! You make cooking seem so much of fun!

  11. Love pepper idly and love the colour of the idly. Cute little idli's.

  12. sounds so good...can;t wait to try it...tempting clicks!

  13. I like all your recipes and presentation. I have even tried a few of them and will try more. Thanks for this blog.

  14. I like your post. The one of the variety of idli pepper idli, it is very taste and looking so beautiful. thanks for your preparation of pepper idli post.
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  15. In addition to this ,I added amchur turns out even better..


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