Idli burger

30 min cook time
15 min prep time
Idli burgers at home- Recipes by ZenParent
Preperation Time:
15 mins
Cooking Time:
30 mins


For Idlis (You can also use ready-batter available in the market):

  1. 1½ cups rice
  2. 1 cup white urad dal (black gram, skinless)
  3. 2 teaspoons non-iodised salt
  4. 4 cups water for soaking rice and urad dal
  5. Pinch of baking soda

For cutlets:

  1. 2 cups of diced vegetables (peas, carrot and potatoes)
  2. 1 tsp maida
  3. A pinch of turmeric
  4. 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  5. 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  6. 1/2 tsp garam masala   
  7. 1/2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  8. 1 Tbsp fresh coriander leaves chopped
  9. Salt to taste
  10. Oil for shallow fry


For Idlis:

  1. Soak the rice and urad dal in separate bowls for eight hours. Ideally, about twice as much water in comparision with the dal’s quantity is used.
  2. Drain the rice and urad dal, discard water
  3. Grind the urad dal to a fine paste and add some water to make a thick paste.
  4. Grind the rice to a paste but don’t add too much water. Grind coarsely.
  5. Mix the rice and urad dal pastes together well, with salt (and a tinge of baking soda) as per your taste.
  6. Set aside somewhere warm to ferment for 12-24 hours before you prepare idlis.
  7. Grease one or more idli pans well with ghee or vegetable oil.
  8. Spoon the batter into the round indentations of the idli pans.
  9. Steam for 10 minutes in a steamer, 20 minutes if using brown rice.
  10. Remove idli from pans with a sharp knife or thin spatula.

Overall method:

  1. Heat oil and fry idlis till golden brown. Ensure they’re crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.
  2. Apply ketchup or green chutney (homemade or from the market) on each side of the idli.
  3. Boil diced vegetables till fully done. Drain water and let them cool.
  4. Saute onion, add ginger-garlic paste, turmeric, chilli powder, coriander powder and garammasala. Cook for a couple of minutes and leave it to cool off for a while.
  5. Mash and mix the vegetables and onion together. Add maida, coriander leaves and salt to taste while mixing everything simultaneously.
  6. Make cutlets that are about the same size (or a little smaller) as the idlis. Shallow fry cutlets till golden brown.
  7. Place the cutlet in the middle, and then add onion and tomato slices sandwiching the cutlet.

Note: In case, you don’t want to fry idlis, you can also use them as is. This will be your Idli Sandwich!

Happy indulgence!

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Burgers are yum but are unhealthy for both kids as well as adults.

But this burger has a South Indian twist! Healthy, delicious and easy-to-make, Idli burgers are not just tempting but nutritious. After all, idlis are supposed to be one of the most healthy meals for people.

Then, why not use them with cutlets instead of usual burger buns!