Forget White Idlis When You Can Have Beautiful Purple Idlis

by Sanjana Shenoy
Forget White Idlis When You Can Have Beautiful Purple Idlis

Idlis! One of the most underrated yet comforting breakfast dishes in India, idli can just win anyone’s heart. It’s fluffy, soft, and melts in your mouth. Drizzle some ghee, dip it in flavoursome sambhar and you’d get a slice of cloud in your mouth. There are a variety of delicious idlis that you’d find in South India. From the lip-smacking rava idli, bowl-shaped thatte idli, khotto- idli tucked in a jackfruit leaf basket and more. But have you ever heard of purple idlis? Well, read on for all the deets.

Purple Idlis Take Over The Internet With Its Beauty

Internet is simply in awe of the beautiful purple idlis. Unlike the usual white idlis, purple idlis, just as the name suggests has a beautiful purple hue. It’s Instaworthy and looks too beautiful to eat. Purple idlis are made by grinding purple cabbage into the idli batter. That’s the secret behind the bright purple colour and the earthy cabbage taste. This delicacy has become quite popular on Instagram, with beautiful pictures and drool-worthy videos taking over the platform.

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Here’s How To Make Purple Idlis At Home

So, if you’re wondering how you can make purple idlis at home, here’s a recipe by Shabbu’s Tasty Kitchen.


1 cup chopped purple cabbage
2 cups idli batter
salt to taste


You can prepare the idli batter at home beforehand or buy store-bought idli batter. First, you must add the chopped purple cabbage to a blender, add 1 to 2 tbsp of water and turn it into a smooth paste. Next, pour the cabbage paste into the idli batter and stir well. Add salt as per your taste. After this, add enough water into a idli cooker and let it boil. Grease the idli moulds with oil and pour the purple batter into them. Steam cook the batter on a medium flame for 15 minutes till the idlis get cooked well. Finally, remove the flame and let it cook. Finally, remove the idlis from the moulds. Voila! Your beautiful purple idlis are ready! Eat it with sambhar and chutney and you’re good to go.