Ajwain Idli

This dish is traditionally called Padiya. I learnt it from my Mom. It tastes great with coriander chutney or any South Indian chutney. My husband and I like it a lot.


  • 2 cup rice
  • 1 cup ‘math’ dal
  • 4-5 green chillies
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 7-8 garlic cloves (paste to be made)
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 2 tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
  • 2-3 tsp oil
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp curd


  1. Soak the rice and dal overnight.
  2. Wash them and grind in a mixer after adding some water, green chillies and ginger paste.
  3. Add curd and salt to the mixture and let it stand for 5 hours.
  4. Now add garlic paste, carom seeds, turmeric powder and salt (if required). Mix it properly.
  5. Separately, mix oil, 1tsp water and soda. Stir it properly and add it in the mixture.
  6. Pour the mixture in Idli-stand and prepare it like traditional Idli.
  7. Serve hot with chutneys.

2 thoughts on “Ajwain Idli

  1. Ishani

    math dal is Moth bean or ‘Matki’…. Do try it out and let me know how it works out…

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