How to make idli in a microwave oven

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Main ingredients:

  • 1 cup suji (semolina)
  • 1/2 sour curd
  • salt to taste
  • a pinch of sugar
  • a pinch of asafoetida

Ingredients for tempering:

  • A spoonful of mustard oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 green chilly
  • A few curry leaves
  • 1 grated carrot
  • 1 thinly sliced onion


Mix well, add a little if necessary to get a smooth mixture.  Microwave the mixture for ten minutes in an idli maker or a simple bowl.

Allow the idli to cool. If you have used a bowl, upturn the bowl when cool, and cut the idli mixture into cubes.

Over a gas flame heat a  spoonful of mustard oil in a wok/kadhai and add mustard seeds, curry leaves, a slit green chilly, grated carrots and onions. Add the idli pieces. Toss and serve. This step can be done in the microwave oven too but requires testing with timing on your own to get the tempering as per your taste.

Microwave idli

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