Homemade Chicken Kheema idli is a tempting non vegetarian breakfast recipe. We enjoy as a family eating various varieties of idli as the breakfast. The chicken kheema idli always stands out to be one of the favorite breakfasts especially to the non vegetarian lover.

In the current blog, I would like to share the best and tastiest chicken kheema idli. if you are a meat lover and if you want to relish the most flavorsome breakfast with meat, you are at the right place.

You will be at surprise learning the brilliant combination of the idli with Chicken Kheema in no time. Idli as a breakfast with chicken kheema on a Sunday morning makes my day always.

Homemade Chicken Kheema idli

How do I make Homemade Chicken Kheema idli

Being a South Indian, most of the days starts with idlis as our breakfast.I had always loved to experiment idlis with various combination.  This is the result of one such experiment and my son loved this combination a lot. You will be more happy to know that the recipe is quite simple and easy.

Utensils and the preparation time for Homemade Chicken Kheema Idli 

All the utensils needed for making the Chicken Kheema idli will be available in every Indian Kitchen. However you must have them ready before cooking and also know the time required for the entire procedure. This will enable you to have a well organized cooking.


Pressure Cooker for making idlis

1 Bowl to transfer the idli batter

Mixer to mince the chicken 

Chopping board


Frying pain to make the chicken kheema

Spatula for frying the ingredients


20 minutes 


10 minutes


10 minutes in Idli cooker

What are the ingredients for Homemade Chicken Kheema Idli

You need the usual and regular ingredients needed in making any non vegetarian dishes. However if you are making non vegetarian food for the first time, its more important that you understand the ingredients required and keep them handy.

Homemade Chicken Kheema idli



1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds

1 teaspoon Chilli powder 

2 teaspoon coriander powder

4 or 5 garlic cloves

2  inches  piece of ginger

1  teaspoon of turmeric powder

Vegetable Oil – 2 Tablespoons

1 tbsp Coriander Leaves

Salt to taste

1 Green Chili chopped

onion – 1/2 cup chopped

 tomato – 1/2 cup chopped 

boneless chicken – 1 cup

Steps to prepare the Homemade Chicken Kheema Idli

 I am sure you will find this very easy and simple procedure. Once you have all the ingredients as listed ready it will not take time to prepare the Chicken Kheema. Since the chicken is minced it cooks faster and just adding the chicken kheema to the idli batter is all needed to make idlis.  Let us get started with this beautiful recipe.

Cut the vegetables into small pieces

Take one medium sized onion and medium sized tomato. Clean them with water well. 

Chop them into as fine pieces as possible.  Then slit a green chilli and slit it too into fine pieces.

Homemade Chicken Kheema idli

Prepare the ginger garlic paste

Take 5 to 6 garlic cloves and peel off the skin using a knife.  

Chop the ginger into small pieces. Grind the ginger and garlic to a paste.

Homemade Chicken Kheema idli

Mince the chicken

Take one cup of boneless chicken and add it to the grinder. Grind the meat so that it gets minced. Now transfer it to a small bowl

Homemade Chicken Kheema idli

Place the frying pan on stove

Take a frying pan and place it on the stove. Keep the flame in the medium heat.  You must ensure that the flame is not too high.

It is always important to maintain the medium heat as, too much heat will burn the food,

Homemade Chicken Kheema idli

Add oil and heat

You can add two table spoon of any vegetable oil. I prefer to use coconut oil while you can add any oil of your choice.

Minced chicken meat itself has some fats which would release some fatty oil after cooking. So it is enough to add two tablespoons of oil

Homemade Chicken Kheema idli

 Add fennel seeds , Onion and green Chilies

When the oil is hot enough, You must now add the fennel seed and saute. Fennel seeds imparts nice aroma to the chicken.

Add some onions and saute them until it is slightly brown in color. Its add to the finely chopped green chillies. Saute them for few secs. 

Homemade Chicken Kheema idli

Add ginger paste and saute well

You must now add the ginger garlic paste to the fried onions  and chillies.  Saute them well for atleast two minutes until the raw smell is gone.

Homemade Chicken Kheema idli

Add Tomatoes and saute well

Then add the finely chopped tomatoes. Mix them well along with the other ingredients in the pan. After a minute the mix will become slightly juicy after you add the tomatoes.

Homemade Chicken Kheema idli

Add all the spices to the pan

It is time to add all the spices. Add a 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon of chilli powder and 2 teaspoon of coriander powder and saute them well

Mix them well and add salt so that the vegetables get cooked faster.

Homemade Chicken Kheema idli

 Add minced Chicken and saute well.

Now the vegetables are cooked quite well and you must now add the minced chicken.

Mix them well with the rest of the ingredients so that it gets coated well with the Chicken.

Homemade Chicken Kheema idli

Close the lid and cook for 5 mins

Close the lid and keep the flame low to cook the chicken kheema. Since the meat is minced. it will be get cooked faster.

Homemade Chicken Kheema idli

Add the coriander leaves

Once the chicken keema is cooked well, add the finely  chopped coriander leaves and mix well.

Make sure the coriander leaves very  fine to that it gets mixed well.

Homemade Chicken Kheema idli

Take the idli batter to a large bowl 

You must keep the rice idli batter ready to be make the chicken kheema idli. Transfer the rice idli batter to a large bowl

If you find the idli batter thick, you can add little water to adjust the consistency of the batter.

You must make sure that the batter is not too thick or too runny and just at the right consistency

Homemade Chicken Kheema idli

Add water to the idli cooker

Take the stainless steel idli cooker and add one cup of water to the bottom of the cooker.

Dont add too much of water in the idli cooker as the water may boil over the idli while it is cooking 

Homemade Chicken Kheema idli

Grease the stainless steel Idli Moulds 

You can use clarified butter or ghee, or any vegetable oils to the grease the stainless idli moulds.

Apply the grease or pour few drops of oil in the moulds , then spread the oil to the moulds.

Homemade Chicken Kheema idli

Use ladle to add idli batter to the greased moulds

You must now use the ladle to take the idli batter and slowly fill the greased idli moulds. 

Please ensure that you do not fill the idli mould to the brim. After steaming, the idlis will rise, so, make sure you leave a little space for

them to rise. Ideally, you should fill a little over three fourth of the idli mould.

Homemade Chicken Kheema idli

Add the Chicken Kheema on the idli

After you pour the idli batter to the moulds , now take the chicken kheema. Place the kheema on top of the idli batter in each mould.

Try to keep the kheema as centre as possible in the moulds.

Homemade Chicken Kheema idli

Place the stainless steel Idli moulds in the idli cooker

You must carefully place the idli stand after filling the batter into the idli cooker. 

Place the idli cooker on the stove and turn on the stove

Homemade Chicken Kheema idli

Cook the chicken kheema idlis for ten mins

Cook the idlis for altleast ten minutes. 

You must sure that the cover the lid well. If not the steam will escape from the cooker and the idli might not cook well 

Homemade Chicken Kheema idli

Make sure idli is cooked well

After ten minutes, you can use a knife or fork to poke into the idlis to check if they are cooked well.

With a well cooked idli, the knife or the fork will come out clean.

Homemade Chicken Kheema idli

Remove the stainless steel Idli moulds 

When you are sure that the idlis are cooked well. Allow it to cool for sometime otherwise you will burn your hands while removing the idlis.

When the idlis are cool, remove them and take it in a bowl

Homemade Chicken Kheema idli

Serve the chicken kheema idlis

The most delicious chicken kheema idlis are ready to be served. Serve it with yummy chicken curry.  Any spicy curry would be the best

accompaniment for chicken kheema idlis.  You can also try vegetable idlis to break your monotonous breakfasts in the morning 

Homemade Chicken Kheema idli

What to do for a effortless cooking of Homemade Chicken Kheema idli

A little more care is required when you cook any meat as its important to cook it right with the right spices and measurements. Please follow the important tips  to ensure a pleasant kitchen experience 

1. Minced chicken cooks faster

While cooking any minced meat , it is required to note that the minced meat cooks much faster than the regular meat. So you need to ensure to adjust the cooking time accordingly. This way you will not overcook the meat.

2. Ginger garlic paste to be sauted well.

You must note that ginger garlic paste needs sometime to get cooked well and takes time for the raw smell to be gone. So please ensure to saute them for the required time

3. Kheema recipe needs finely chopped ingredients

Kheema means minced meat and all the ingredients should also be very fine in size. For any minced meat recipes you must ensure to have the ingredients used are finely chopped.

4. Easy way to peel the garlic.

Whenever you have to peel the skin of the garlic clove, microwave the cloves for 20 secs in the oven. Let it cool down. You can then try to peel off the skin, they would come off so easy.

5. Store ginger garlic paste for future

Ginger garlic paste is one of the key ingredients for any meat recipes. If you are a regularly cook meat recipes. It is important that you store them in large quantity in the refrigerator.

6. Adjustments to the quantity of oil for cooking meat.

Meat by itself has fats in it.  When you cook any meat recipes, you must use oil considering the fact that meat also releases some fats. This way you can ensure the food is not too oily 

Please feel free to share your cooking experience of this delicious chicken kheema recipe in the section below. I would love to hear how much you enjoyed learning this recipe