Button Idlis (Mini Idlis)

Button idlis are basically mini idlis made with the same idli batter.

These are also known as bullet idlis,their size is very small compared to the traditional one and thus can easily be dipped in sambar.

I have a childhood memory of my mom making these fir my school tiffin also these button idlis soaked in milk,is my son’s favorite breakfast when at granny’s place.

You need a specific stand with small insersions for making these and it is easily available in market.

Its easier to make idli Chat or fried idli using these mini idlis.


1 cup udad dal

2 & 1/2 cup Rice.

1 tbsp Methi seeds.

2 tsp Sugar

Salt to taste.

Oil for greasing.


Wash and soak rice overnight.

Wash and soak udad dal and methi overnight.

In the morning drain the water and grind  both rice and dal seperately till smooth.

Mix both the batters together.Add salt and sugar.

Mix well,consistency of batter should be like that of cake batter.

Keep to ferment(for around 4 to 6 hours).

Once fermented,Keep water for boiling in cooker,idli maker or steamer.

Grease idli moulds with oil.

Mix well the fermented batter.Pour fermented batter into each mould.

Steam on high flame for 10 minutes,if using cooker make sure the lid is used without whistle.

Remove moulds from pressure cooker and allow it to cool.

De mould the Idlis and serve hot with chutney and sambar.

Tip-Remaining batter can be stored in fridge for latter use.

Happy Cooking !!!


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