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 is Cooking & love exploring healthy recipes. This blog is all about sharing 'Recipes for Healthy living', which are my experiments at home.

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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