C2 I2 (Celery Cornmeal – Instant Idli)

Cornmeal Idli final


A healthy nutritious breakfast that can be made instant. This is great for breakfast.

Yields-20-25 Idlis
Preparation time-20 minutes
Cooking time-15 minutes (per batch)


  • Coarse Cornmeal – 2cups
  • Yogurt-1cup
  • Baking soda-1tsp
  • Celery chopped – 3 to 4 stalks
  • Salt-to taste
  • Olive oil-2tsp +for brushing
  • Chopped green chillies-2
  • Dry coconut flakes-2tbsp
  • Grated Ginger-1/2 Inch
  • Chopped coriander- a handful
  • Grated carrot – 2 medium
  • Chopped Spinach – ½ cup
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cashew – for garnishing (optional)


  • Heat oil in a pan add mustard seeds; as it splutters add Ginger and Coconut flakes.
  • Saute for a minute and add Cornmeal; Roast on a medium low flame for 3 – 5 minutes
  • Take off from the flame and set aside
  • Combine Celery and Green chillies in a blender or a food processor and blend until smooth
  • In a mixing bowl whisk Yogurt, Salt and the blended puree (Celery and Green chillies) until combined.
  • Stir in roasted Cornmeal mixture to get Idli batter consistency (Thick dropping consistency); add in extra water/yogurt if required
  • Set aside for 10 minutes
  • After resting time add baking soda
  • Grease the idli tray with oil, pre-heat the Idli cooker with 2 cups of water.
  • Pour a ladle full of batter in the greased Idli moulds and steam for 13-15 minutes.

Serve hot with Peanut Chutney (Recipe link).

Peanut chutney


  • Onions can be included for variation.
  • Bottle gourd can be used in place of Celery

About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on January 31, 2015, in Breakfast, Indian, Main dish and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Wow!! Lovely idli’s Chitra…looks just like rava idli…

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.


  3. Chiths, this week iam seeing few idli posts in my reader. Guess this may be IDLY week :P. Lovely IDLI’s.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Reblogged this on Save That Recipe and commented:

    Cornmeal, celery, carrots – a wonderful breakfast entree. Must save…


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