Thalicha Idli

When we have over fermented or left over idli batter, normally we make Dosa, Oothappam etc. Instead, we can season the batter and make this spicy idli. 

Thalicha Idli

Recipe by S Kamala
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Course: BreakfastCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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This thalicha idli (seasoned idli) is made with over fermented idli batter.


  • Idli batter – 1 big bowl (To make 8 idli)

  • Oil – 2 teaspoons

  • Mustard – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Bengal gram dhal – 1 teaspoon

  • Urad dhal – 1 teaspoon

  • Asafotida Powder – a pinch

  • Cashew Nuts – few

  • Ground Nut – a handful

  • Green chillies – 1 to 2

  • Fresh ginger – a small piece

  • Garlic Pearls – 2

  • Curry Leaves – few


  • Chop ginger, garlic, green chillies, curry leaves finely.
  • In a kadai add the oil and when it is hot add mustard. When it pops up, add the dhals and nuts, asafoetida powder and fry till the dhals turn into light brown.
  • Then add chopped ginger, garlic, chillies and curry leaves. Fry for few more seconds. Add this seasoning to the batter. Mix well and make idlis.


  • Serve with chutney, sambar or Idli Podi.


  1. Aunty, I’m visiting your website for the first time and all the recipes are amazing.. I’ve tried onion pakoda and carrot halwa. Both turned out well 🙂

  2. Hi Kamala,

    I tried your Thalicha Idli recipe today morning accompanied with Kadamba Chutney, it came out well. combination was also good. Thankq for your wonderful recipes.

  3. Its most useful and simple recipes of delicious dishes. thank you

  4. hi, i am monaa, Ur recipes are too gud. i tried ur brinjal kootu and beetroot poriyal both came out very well . could u please tel me the measurement for dosai and idly?

  5. Thank u soo much………

  6. loved all ur recipes..just awesome!!
    i want 2 make some spicy mushroom subzi .can u help?

  7. Hai kamala gaaru,iam purna all your recepies are very gud,and in health point of view realy super.
    Thank you soo much mam

  8. Thank u very much Auntie i have been hunting for these nutritious south indian recipes for ages. Now my husband is your fan too.Big difference in my cooking.

  9. Venessa Pillay

    Dear Kamla

    I am delighted to have found ur website.I have at last found the recipes that Salem Jayalutchmee and friends from India shared with us on their visit.especially the Corn meal idley and and breakfast dishes.I cant wait to make them again.We here in South Africa make our kadley the same way as ur recipe. We are defintely going South with our cooking with the help of ur websit. Thank u

  10. Nice..came very well…all appreciated me..good job..keep it up.

  11. dear kamala mam,
    am shankari staying in bngle, here rava idly is famous, here all use idly rava. the rava idly u mentioned, for that which rava is suitable, kindly message me mam.

  12. kothaisharanya km

    i am intrested in cooking,but know few recipes you teach me lot,thank you so much………..

  13. thank you kamala garu ., we are 4 friends live in china our family is in india ., we save more money and eat delicious food as we like just because of your recepie . now we cook our self we just follow your process . many more thanks for you . awaiting for new updates very easy and can cook fast process. thank you very much .

  14. Dear Kamalaji,
    Thank you for all your recipes. I am wondering if you could share how many servings your recipes make on average? How many idli would this recipe make for example? The same amount as in the picture?
    Thank you!
    -Matthew, Canada

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