Corn Idlis

Diet types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe created by the mother of DaVita dialysis patient Aditya from California and submitted by DaVita dietitian Shawna from California.

Portions: 4

Serving size: 3 idlis


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 cup semolina
  • 2 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup corn, grated
  • 1/4 cup paneer cheese
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves to garnish
  • 1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)


  1. In a saucepan, heat the vegetable oil and add mustard seeds. When the seeds splutter, add semolina, chilies and salt. Roast until the semolina grows slightly brown.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool.
  3. Mix yogurt with water and blend until smooth.
  4. Add corn, paneer, cilantro and yogurt to the cooled semolina mixture. Mix well and set aside for 10 minutes.
  5. Grease on idli mould with ghee (clarified butter) and spoon small portions of batter into mould. Steam and cook idlis for 10 minutes. Remove from the mold.
  6. Sprinkle with finely chopped cilantro and serve with Cilantro Chutney.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  175
  • Protein  5 g
  • Carbohydrates  14 g
  • Fat  11 g
  • Cholesterol  4 mg
  • Sodium  214 mg
  • Potassium  140 mg
  • Phosphorus  89 mg
  • Calcium  69 mg
  • Fiber  0.8 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1/2 milk
  • 1 starch
  • 2 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Use batter immediately for best results.
  • Curious about unfamiliar ingredients?
    • Ghee is clarified butter.
    • Paneer is a South Asian cheese widely used in Indian cuisine. It is made by curdling milk with lemon juice or acid and is similar to cottage cheese or queso blanco. Substitute cottage cheese if paneer is unavailable.
    • Farina, sold under the name Cream of Wheat®, is the same as semolina.

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Corn Idlis

I have the same questions btmailman has. Someone help us out. Can't rate because I haven't tried it. Dietitian comment: Here is a link to wikipedia description of idli with a photo of the idli pan. If you google [INVALID]idlis mold[INVALID] you can find more sources to learn more about the preparation.

Sep. 30, 2014, 9:09 AM - Inappropriate review?
Corn Idlis
btmailman says:

Hi, what is an idlis mo(u)ld and what can be used if someone doesn't have one? what does steam and cook mean? (there's no instruction to add liquid and cover?)

Jul. 15, 2014, 10:59 AM - Inappropriate review?

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