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Cheesy Chili Idli ~ #MothersDay Special Recipe | Indo – Chinese Starter

Hey Foodies,

It was a few months back, when I received an email from a Local News Channel willing to invite me to their cooking show.. Theme was fusion, and I came up with three recipes for them.. One of them was this Cheesy Chili Idli..


As Mothers Day is so close, I thought to cook with my mom this time.. You know it well, as my dear mumma loves Idlis, I had to come with something on the lines.. So, we together cooked the dish..


I must say, my mom is slightly camera shy, just like I was.. But as we shoot more with her, it’ll overcome 🙂 And yes, If you’re a Indian & looking for some delectable recipes in our National Language, wait is all over.. Coming up soon some delectable recipes 🙂



Back to the recipe, this is really great.. It’s kind of a dish, I can have anytime.. It’s spicy, chatpata & balanced as well.. At once, you get a taste of South India from the onion chutney & then there is the fusion thing. Let’s watch the recipe first 🙂

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  • Idli Batter - 1 Cup
  • Salt - to taste
  • Cheese Slices - 2
  • Oil - to grease + 2 tbsp
  • Bell Peppers - ½ cup {Chopped}
  • Onion - 1 Large {Chopped}
  • Tomato - 1 {Chopped}
  • Ginger - ½"
  • Garlic - 4-5
  • Gr Chili - 1
  • Onion Chutney - 2-3 tbsp
  • Chili Sauce - 1 tsp
  • Sugar - ½ tsp
  • Ketchup - 2 tbsp
  • Chili Flakes - ½ tsp
  • Asafoetida / Hing - a pinch
  • Split Bengal Gram / Chana Dal - 1 tsp
  • Skinless Black Gram / Urad Dal - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - ½ tsp
  • Curry Leaves - 3-4
  • Black Pepper - ¼ tsp {Optional}
  1. Start by greasing mini/button idli plates. Fill the trays ¼th of the way with the idli batter. Chop the cheese slices into small pieces and put them over the batter. Cover with more batter.
  2. Tap a couple of times and steam the idlis in a idli steamer or a pressure cooker(without whistle) for 7-8 minutes. (2-3 mins in high, rest in medium flame)
  3. After the idlis have been steamed, take them out and let them cool for 5 mins before scooping out from the plates.
  4. In a pan, add 2 tbsp of oil and while you wait for it to get hot; crush ginger, garlic, chili in a mortar & pestle.
  5. To the hot oil, add the mustard seeds. As they splutter add asafoetida, curry leaves, chana dal, urad dal. After the tempering is done, add the chopped onions & crushed ginger garlic chili mix. Stir & cook for a moment.
  6. Add salt to taste, and cook till the onions start going golden. Then add in the bell peppers & the tomatoes. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  7. As the peppers are cooked, add the chili flakes, tomato sauce, chili sauce, and some sugar to balance it. Stir well.
  8. Then add in the onion chutney and some water if needed. Stir, and then add the idlis. Toss it, and Serve Hot!
You can enjoy the cheesy idlis as it is as well 😀



Soft Idlis, with cheese inside is scrummy on its own, with the sauces & veggies it just goes to the next level! Do try it, and let us know how you like it 🙂

That’s all for today, Thanks!

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Nutty Mc Frappe Recipe – Cooking For Mom / Mothers Day #7DaysForMom

Hey Foodies,

Nutty Mc Frappe, Yum Yum!


I made this for my mom with tawa idlis and she loved it! 🙂

Nuts, Coffee, Chocolate, Ice all together all yumm! Let’s have a look at the recipe!


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Nutty Mc Frappe Recipe - Cooking For Mom / Mothers Day #7DaysForMom
  • Ice - 2 Cups
  • Vanilla Ice Cream - 2 Scoops
  • Mixed Nuts - 2 Tbsp {+ Extra for garnishing}
  • Milk - ½ Cup {or more!}
  • Instant Coffee - 1½ Tsp [In 1 Tbsp Hot Water}
  • Powdered Sugar - 2 Tbsp
  • Whipped Cream - As required
  • Chocolate Sauce - 3 Tbsp
  1. In a blender pop in the ice cubes, vanilla ice cream, coffee, powdered sugar, 2tbsp chocolate sauce, milk and nuts.
  2. Blend, Crush, Whiz, Serve!
  3. Top It up with whipped cream, leftover choco-sauce, and nuts! Enjoy!

Yum, Yum it is! Watch the quickie video:

This recipe is in collaboration with VidyasCooking, Do check out her exotic Ferroro Rocher Latte.

That’s it for today!

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Tawa Idli Recipe – Cooking For Mom / Mothers Day Surprise #7DaysForMom

Hey Foodies,

I and my sissy planned a surprise for our mom, have you watched it? If not watch now:

She’s the best ofcourse! We finally finalized to cook up some idlis(tawa idli/butter fried idlis) and Nutty Frappe. My momma loves idlis, and can have anytime!




Well, it was challenging to make idli, cause of soaking, then fermenting and stuff.. But finally, We did it! 🙂 Let’s have a look at the recipe 🙂


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Tawa Idli Recipe - Cooking For Mom / Mothers Day Surprise #7DaysForMom
  • For Idlis: Normal Rice: 1 Cup
  • Split Black Lentil: ½ Cup
  • Salt - To Taste
  • Oil - 1 Tbsp
  • Fruit Salt - One Sachet
  • For The Tawa Tadka: Idlis - 9
  • Butter - 4-5 Tbsp
  • Onions - As Desired
  • Karam Podi - 4 Tbsp
  • Coriander - 1 Tbsp
  • Salt - A pinch
  1. For Idlis: Wash twice and Soak the rice and dal for 8 hours.
  2. Grind it to a semi smooth past using as less water(if possible the same one in which you soaked it in) as possible.
  3. Add the salt and mix well and let it ferment for 5-6 hours.
  4. Heat a couple of cups of water in your idli cooker/idli pot/cooker.
  5. Grease the idli trays with oil and add the fruit salt/eno to the batter. Mix well and add that to the trays.
  6. Place the trays inside the cooker(if using pressure cooker, dont place the whistle) and steam for 7-8 mins in med-high flame and another 7-8 mins in med-low flame.
  7. Let them stand for 5 mins. Take a knife or a spoon and take the idlis out. Keep aside.
  8. For the tawa tadka, heat a pan/tawa.
  9. Add the butter, karampodi, onions, salt, coriander and stir well. {All as you prefer}
  10. Once mixed well and bubbly, place the idlis. Let them be as they are for 2 mins, then flip, then another 2 mins. Serve hot with coconut chutney.
I’ve been experimenting with Karam Podi variations. Here’s the latest one I had made. However, I’ll update the recipe if i get even deliciouser podi! But this is amazing as well!
1½ tbsp Coriander
2 tbsp Chana Dal
1½ tbsp urad dal
10 Dry Red chili
1 Tsp Ghee
5 Garlic Cloves
3-4 walnut sized Tamarind Balls
1/2 tbsp Cumin Seeds
10 Curry Leaves
1/4 Tsp Hing
1/2 tsp Methi
1/2 Tsp Mustard

In a pan, add the ghee and add all the other ingredients and slow roast it until its well roasted. Let it cool completely then grind to a coarse powder. Use!

Watch the video recipe n the surprise 🙂

It could have been a lot better, first time na.. No worries, We’ll get used to it 🙂 No matter what, The idlis rocked and mom loved it 🙂

That’s it for today!

Hope to hear from you soon :)

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