Homemade Green idli recipe is a simple colorful idli recipe made with coriander and mint leaves. It makes the so flavorsome as both mint and coriander leaves imparts an aromatic flavor to the idli batter. I am sure you family or kids will enjoy this green idli recipe as snack or breakfast

In my current blog, I would like to share with you the recipe of the green idli and also the batter.  When you master the recipe of the idli batter, you will be surprised to see the green idli can be done so effortlessly. Because the quality of the idli lies in the batter.

As part from the aroma from mint and the coriander leaves. they have many health benefits too. Kids would love to eat colorful food as it draws their attention very easily.  This is a must try recipe if you want to amaze your kids or family with different variations to your idli.

Homemade Green Idli Recipe

How do i made the Homemade Green Idli Recipe

Mint is anti-inflammatory, fights against harmful bacteria and also boots the immunity system. Coriander also boots your immunity and many more benefits. This is such a beautiful combo when grounded together with little spiciness and added to the idli batter.  It is equally important to know how to make the idli batter as well. I am sure you would be happy to learn this easy recipe for your family. 

Utensils and time required for the Homemade Green Idli Recipe

I am sure you will enjoy the entire cooking of this recipe. Firstly it is not going to take much time. Secondly you need very simple utensils and will be available in all the indian kitchens.


Mixer Grinder

Idli Cooker 

1 Bowl to mix the idli batter

4 small bowls to soak the ingredients


Over night – Rice

Urad (Black lentil) , Fenugreek Seeds and Flattened rice


10 to 12  Minutes

TiME for Green Puree

2 to 3 Minutes

Ingredient for the Homemade Green Idli Recipe

Even for the simple recipes, you must be keep all the ingredients ready before you start cooking. This way it will make the cooking more effortless and you will have a amazing cooking experience.

Homemade Green Idli Recipe


Idli rice – 1 Cups

Urad dal (Black lentils) – 1/4  cup

Water – 2 Cups

Flattened Rice – 1/2 cup

Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt – According to taste

Mint Leaves – 1/2 cup

Coriander Leaves – 1/2 cup

Green Chilies – 2

Complete procedure for Homemade Green idli Recipe

Now that we know what are the utensils used, time required and the ingredients to be used, it is time to learn the recipe. I would like to share the detailed step by step recipe of the idli batter and also the green idli recipe. Let us get started to learn this pretty simple and easy idli recipe.

Soak the rice in a small bowl over night

In a large bowl , add 1 cup of rice and add enough the quantity of water. Rinse the rice twice in the water and clean the rice. You should then soak the rice in a bowl. Make sure you soak the rice in enough quantity of water and rest it overnight.

Homemade Green Idli Recipe

Soak the Urad dal (Black lentil) , Flattened rice and Fenugreek seeds in a separate bowls for two hours

Though we call it Black lenthil, the outer black cover is removed and sold in the market. So the lentil looks white inside.

In a  bowl ,rinse the 1/4 cup of urad dal ( Black lentil)  twice or thrice and soak it in the water. You should make sure you use thrice the quantity of water to soak or two hours. Reason being, the lentils swell up double the size.

Add required water in a another bowl and rinse 1/2 cup of flattened twice. Soak it for two hours with enough water as this will also swell up double. This is another important ingredient to make the idli soft.

In a small cup , add 1/2 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds and soak in water

Homemade Green Idli Recipe

Grind the Soaked Ingredients into a Batter

Add the each soaked ingredients to the mixer grinder. Grind each soaked ingredient speerately . Transfer the ground paste to separate bowls. You make sure to grind the urad dal or black lentil with fenugreek  seeds together . Grind Flattened rice and idli rice seperately. 

Nice and smooth idli batter will be ready

Homemade Green Idli Recipe

Add the ground flattened rice paste to the rice paste and mix well

Take the idli rice paste ta bowl and add the ground flattened rice paste and mix well

Homemade Green Idli Recipe

Add the ground urad dal paste to the rice paste and mix well

Now you must add the ground urad dal paste to the poha rice paste and mix well. 

Homemade Green Idli Recipe

Add the salt to taste and mix well

Make sure there are no lumps in the batter. You must add salt and mix it well so that you clear all the lumps. 

Homemade Green Idli Recipe

Transfer the batter to the large bowl and leave it for Fermentation

Now transfer the batter to a large bowl. You should make sure the batter is only filled half of the bowl. Because after the fermentation, the batter rises to the top. When you fill more than half, the batter might spill over.

Leave the idli batter covered overnight and fermented batter is ready. You will clearly see how much the batter has risen in the bowl.

Homemade Green Idli Recipe

Batter has swelled up and risen in the bowl and fermented

Once the batter is fermented , it swells and rises up in the bowl. You can add little water and adjust the consistency of the batter to make sure its not too thick or too runny. Now the batter is ready to be used.

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Add green chillies, Mint leaves and Coriander leaves to the mixer jar 

You must finely chop1/2 cup of mint leaves and coriander leaves . Add them to the mixer jar along with the green chillies. 

Homemade Green Idli Recipe

Grind it into a smooth paste

Once you add the ingredients to the jar, grind them to a smooth paste. You dont have add salt in the puree as the batter has enough salt. You can add a pinch if you wish to.

Homemade Green Idli Recipe

Add the green puree to the idli batter and mix well

Now the green puree  is ready. You can add it the idli batter which was fermented and mix well.

Homemade Green Idli Recipe

Green idli batter is ready to be used for making yummy idlis

You can make yummy green idlis with this  batter. You can add little water to adjust the consistency of the water if it is too thick.

Homemade Green Idli Recipe

Keep the idli cooker on the stove

Take the idli cooker and place it on the stove and keep it in the medium heat. Always maintain the flame in the medium heat not avoid over cooking.

Homemade Green Idli Recipe

Add one cup of water to the idli cooker

Take half cup of water and add it to the idli cooker. Its very important not to add too much water in the idli cooker. While cooking the water may be spill over the idlis and can make the idli soggy.

Homemade Green Idli Recipe

Grease the idli moulds

You must now grease the idli moulds. Please use ghee or any vegetable oil. Add few drops of oil in each idli mould and grease each of the moulds completely.  In some traditional South indian house holds uses cloth to cover the moulds and add the batter on top of it.

Homemade Green Idli Recipe

Fill the green idli batter in the moulds

Take the batter in the ladle and pout the batter to the idli moulds. You must now fill the idli moulds with idli batter. You must ensure not to fill the mould until the brim and the idli batter will rise when cooked.

Homemade Green Idli Recipe

Close the lid and cook for ten mins in the medium flame

Place the idli stand to the idli cooker, close the lid and turn on the stove.Place the idli cooker on the stove and cook for ten mins.

Homemade Green Idli Recipe

Check if the idlis are 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 Green Idli Recipe

Remove the idli stand and let it cool on its own

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 Green Idli Recipe

Serve the green idlis with Lady’s finger curry

Flavorsome  green idlis are ready to serve. You can serve them with lady’s finger curry which is tangy and spicy. One of the best accompaniments for idli. You can also serve with Hot South Indian Sambhar for breakfast and dinner

Homemade Green Idli Recipe

What should I do for a hassle free cooking of Homemade Green idli Recipe

Now that you know how to make the recipe, you must also understand what are the tips to follow while cooking. This will ensure you have a lovely kitchen experience

1. Benefits of coriander leaves 

Coriander leaves has lot of health benefits as it has lot of nutrients, good for digestion. It also imparts a distinct and refreshing flavor to any dish you cook.

2. Keep all the ingredients ready 

Before you start cooking, keep all the ingredients in one place. This makes cooking more efficient and you won’t forget.

3. Do not overfill the idli moulds

Make sure 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.

4. Remove the idlis carefully

Once the idli is cooked, don’t remove it from the mould instantly. If you try that, the idlis may break. Leave it for a minute or two before removing them from the moulds. If you have difficulty removing the idlis, use a sharp object to loosen it from the edges of the idli mould.

5. Remove all lumps from batter

If your batter has turned out to be lumpy, make sure you remove all the lumps using a whisk. If you do not have a whisk, use a spoon or fork to remove the lumps.

6. Keep idli moulds greased before adding batter

Always grease up idli moulds before adding batter.

7. Use Idli Rice for batter

its very important to use the idli rice instead of the Regular rice. If you want the idli to remain soft even in room temperature, idli rice is a must

8. Add Fenugreek seeds for better fermentation

Fenugreek seeds helps to ferment well. Since the same batter can also be used for dosa, it helps in crispiness

These soft and spongy green idli tastes the best I hope you enjoyed learning the most traditional recipe that can be used for all meals in a day. Please feel free to ask questions and add your comments in the section below