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July 14, 2014

Thatte Idli / Tatte Idli Recipe - Karnataka Recipes

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Thatte idli recipe

Karnataka special thatte idli (plate idli) is the first breakfast recipe that attracted me towards Karnataka delicacies. Next comes mysore masala dosa, Davangere benne dosa & akki roti. I have tasted this idli in small food joints here. When I was working, my colleagues used to have this idli along with a vada for their breakfast. In Tamilnadu, people call this as thattu idli. 

Even Sendhil had told me lot about Tumkur & Bidadi special thatte idlis. He had also promised to take me there to taste this idli. It was my long time wish to prepare this at home as I love to make different types of idli recipes for breakfast.

When I was telling this to my school momsfriends, Priya told that her mom makes this idli very well. She shared her mom’s recipe & also the thatte idli stand . Thanks a lot priya. I have tried this idli thrice so far and every time it came out very well. So I wanted to record this recipe in Chitra's food book. It tastes super soft when eaten hot. I recently tried Karnataka style  hotel idli sambar. With hot thatte idli, coconut chutney & sambar, it tasted heavenly!.

Thatte idli
Here is a picture of thatte idli stand..
thatte idli stand

Thatte idli recipe - Karnataka special

Thatte idli recipe - Karnataka special Karnataka special thatte idli recipe - Delicious breakfast recipe
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Breakfast
Serves: 12
Prep time: 12 HRS
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 12h15m

1 cup - 250ml
  • Idli rice/Salem rice - 2 cups
  • Raw rice - 1 cup ( use dosa rice)
  • Urad dal - 3/4 cup (white  round or split urad dal)
  • Thick poha OR Cooked rice - 1/2 cup 
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Cooking soda / Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
                                                 HOW TO MAKE THATTE IDLI -METHOD
  • Wash and soak all the ingredients together for 4 hours. Do not drain the water after it is soaked. Grind it well to a smooth paste using the water you used for soaking. Add more water if necessary.(U can use cooked rice while grinding too. No need to soak it. If using poha, soak it with rice.)
  • It takes nearly 30 minutes to grind in a grinder. Add salt if summer season, mix the batter well and allow it to ferment overnight. U should leave it for at least 12 hours. Proper fermentation is needed to get soft idlis.
  • Next morning, add salt and cooking soda. Mix well and rest for 15 minutes before you make idlis. Mix well.
Thatte idli recipe
  • Add water in a cooker base & allow it to boil. Take the thatte idli stand and grease all plates with oil generously. You can use some white cotton cloth or banana leaf too. Pour the batter and keep the stand in cooker. Cook for 12-15 minutes. ( Stepwise pictures Updated)
Thatte idli recipe

Thatte idli recipe

  • If you don’t have thatte idli stand, take a small round plate with rim.I used the lid of steel storage containers. Grease with oil generously or line with the cloth & pour the batter.
  • Take the idli pot with water & boil. Keep the round plate over the idli plate and cook for 10-15 minutes. Check with the back of spoon. If it comes out clean,idli is cooked. Allow the idlis to cool for few seconds before u remove them else it may break. If you have thatte idli stand, keep it inside the idli steamer and cook for 10 minutes. Let it cool for a minute and then remove the idlis using a wide ladle as shown in the picture below. Serve with chutney & sambar !
Thatte idli recipe

Thatte idli recipe

Enjoy !


  • Proper fermentation & consistency of batter is very important to get super soft idli.
  • Wash the ingredients twice before soaking to get white colored idli.
  • Adding baking soda is very important here to get softness.
  • The batter should be smooth like our normal batter. Do not grind it coarse. Consistency should be of normal idli batter.
  • U can replace cooked rice with sago & poha. In that case use 1/4 cup sago & 1/2 cup poha.
  • Do not remove the idli quickly when its hot as it may break. Let the idli cool down for a minute before you remove them.

Thatte idli recipe

Serve & enjoy this idli with ur favourite chutney & sambar !!

Karnataka special thatte idli recipe

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nandoos kitchen said...

super soft idli's. Nice presentation dear..

great-secret-of-life said...

totally new to me.. looks so tasty and soft..

Rumana Rawat said...

I use to eat this a lot when ever we go to long drive.. It reminds me of those days.. Perfect idli.

Magees kitchenworld said...

Wow just love to grab it and now am feeling hungry...

Kurinji said...

my huby's fav idli...looks so soft...

Unknown said...

love it.. havent tried steaming with plastic sheets.. that is new to me
u have a good set of friends ..lucky you ...

Julie said...

last pic makes me drool,lovely ones!

Unknown said...

Flavourful platter dear....... Looks super!!

Unknown said...

That's a totally new oone.looks simple to make.will try this one

Gita Jaishankar said...

Very interesting idli recipe Chitra...looks really nice with beautiful pictures!

cookingwithsapana said...

Very unique and delicious idli...wonderful preparation ! said...

OMG... its from my home town Tumkur...very delighted to see this dish dear..looks just as delicious as the thatte idli's from Tumkur's hotels...)

Priya Suresh said...

My mouth is just watering here, thatte idli makes me hungry.

Priya Suresh said...

Thatte idly is just inviting me, that last picture is torturing me..So delicious.

Unknown said...

I have this on my to do for such a long time.. using dabba lids is a great idea for plates!! will try this soon!!

Rajani said...

Totally agree that thatte idli and sambar are a superb combination. I am going to try this without adding the soda. Wish me luck!

Unknown said...

Hi Chitra, usually I add cooked rice while grinding is tat ok

Chitra said...

Swathi, u can add cooked rice while grinding. no need to soak it.

Chitra said...

Hi Rajani, Please try adding Eno fruit salt if u don't want to add soda. It gives softness to idlis.U can add 1/2 tsp for this quantity i guess :) do try n let me know ur feedback !

Unknown said...

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Chitra said...

Thank you :)

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Anonymous said...

I have one of those stands that I use for so many things but never knew its real purpose! Now I know! Am going to make Thattu Idli this morning.

Chitra said...

Oh :) Enjoy making Thatte idli:)

myhappykitchens said...

Can v replace thin poha instead of thick?

Chitra said...

Yes you can try.