Palak Idli Recipe, How to make Healthy Spinach Idli Recipe

Idli is very popular South India breakfast dish which is very simple to prepare at home. It is easy to make at  and liked by every generation. 

This is also called Steamed Spinach Savory Cake. This is quick and healthy breakfast as well as low calorie recipe. Made with few ingredients idli batter, spinach purée with few spices.

Bang On !! I am back with a short trip from my hometown, it was an awesome's small but going to mother place is always be pleasant & wonderful time, isn't it !! 

Feeling sad and little bit bad too :( every time I face the same experience, who want to come back from mom's place, but that's a life we have to move it like this way only :) :) let's move to the post..

Spinach/Palak is one of wonderful green-leafy vegetable often recognized as one of the functional foods for its wholesome nutritional and rich source of anti-oxidants vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin C. It is also good source of omega-3 fatty acids. 

Although it can be stored inside the refrigerator for up to a week, fresh leaves should be eaten at the earliest in order to get maximum nutrition benefits.

So, here I am sharing my new and healthy version of palak idli, last weekend at home as a evening snacks with roasted chana dal & coconut chutney and fresh Orange whole family really liked it and appreciate it, so I want to share my recipe with my readers, followers and friends.

Recipe of Chutney --> Coconut & Roasted Chana Dal Chutney

This recipe is a great option for meal on those days when you are very lazy and don't feel like spending much more time on kitchen ;) :) It is simple and easy dish.  

This spinach idli is a rich in protein, light and a healthy dish. It’s a really good option for breakfast or evening snacks. It's very light, yummy in taste and they are very light like most south indian food. 
I love to eat Idli's in any form with the chutney or with tangy sambar. Palak Idli is a quick dish, which is ready in short notice, and is fully satisfy your taste buds. 

They are really delicious and appetizing, idli and palak complement with each other in terms of flavor and color (white and green), this is one of my favorite combination in clothes :D This is perfect for a even lunch too.

If you are looking for some easy & quick snacks recipes then do check 
Coriander Rava Idly Recipe
Mixed vegetable uttapam

Ingredients :

Idli batter - 1 cup
Roughly chopped spinach - 2 to 3 bunches
Oil to grease
Cashew nuts(slit into 2 parts) - 5 to 6 pieces (optional)

Salt to taste
Red Chili Powder
Pinch of garam masala

Preparation Method :

1. Wash the spinach leaves and keep aside.

2. Blanch them in hot water for 3 minutes. When cool, puree them into a grinder.

3. Transfer the spinach puree into a idli batter bowl, add the salt, red chilli powder, pinch of garam masala and mix well.

4. Grease the idli moulds using oil, put spoonfuls of the batter into idli moulds, add a piece of cashew nut on top of batter and 

steam in a cooker or steamer for 10 to 12 minutes or till the idli's are cooked. I have used my prestige pressure cooker for steaming the idli.

5. Cool slightly, de-mould the idlis with the help of spoon and soft side of knife.

6. Serve immediately with healthy roasted chana dal & coconut chutney or with juice or enjoy with tea or coffee !!

Happy Cooking & Enjoy !!


  1. Hi Jolly,
    I'm very sure all the mom's will going to bless you for this healthy preparation. Incorporating palak in idli is a superb idea, loved the addition of cashew nuts. Surely going to try this recipe very soon. Excellent Healthy Share. Big thumbs up for this creative recipe.

    1. Hello deepa,very true yaar..thank you so much dear Deepa

  2. this is a new one for me but totally loving it...delicious and healthy too

  3. Yummy and healthy. Looks very pretty

  4. Very Interesting recipe Jolly! I love spinach and have added to many food items but this is first time I am seeing in an idli recipe. And why not? Its healthy, steamed and full of nutrition. Two thumbs up!

  5. Palak idli looks super healthy and absolutely delicious, Jolly. I made palak idli with chopped spinach but never tried making them with puree! Genius idea! :)

  6. wonderful.. great way to sneak in veggies for kids. I too mix and match all veggie and fruit purees in idli batter.. ;-) ;-)

  7. Interesting, Healthy Idlis...Nice Presentation.

  8. These green idlis are giving lots of interest to try them soon

  9. I too love to add palak in Idlis, a wonderful way of making fussy eaters eat. Also kids love the colour and eat. Your Idlis look light and soft.

  10. It is really amazing to see so many varitions of idli.. it is my favourite breakfast.

  11. Never have I considered adding palak to idlis. Sounds like a wonderful idea.

  12. spinach is my favorite green leaf vegetable and love the added health value to these idli!

  13. Hubby just enjoyed spinach idlis for brunch. He loved them. What a wonderful way to get kids to enjoy spinach.

  14. Very nutritious and light dish especially for kids.. love to have it with some spicy chutney!!

  15. addition of palak makes the normal idli so nutritious and different ! loved the new take on idli, Jolly !