Paneer and Vegetable stuffed Idli

Idli’s are soft, fluffy steamed cakes made out of rice and lentils. This is the healthiest recipe from South India though it is common now everywhere.

The plain idli’s are very tasty- I have some friends who eat just idli even without any side dish. When these idlis are stuffed with something inside, it is going to be very delicious!!

This is very different and mouth-watering recipe!! Cooked paneer, vegetables along with onion, ginger, garlic and sauce is stuffed inside idli batter and steamed. The outcome is simply yummy!!

This is best for breakfast or as a evening snack along with coffee or tea. This tastes very good by itself and it goes well with idli podi, any kind of chutney or sambhar.


The below quantity can make approximately 24 idlis.

  • Idli batter- as required
  • Paneer- 1 full cup ( shredded)
  • Onion- 1 cup ( chopped finely)
  • Carrot- 1/2 cup ( 1 big chopped finely)
  • Capsicum- 3/4th cup ( chopped finely)
  • Spring Onion Green- 1/4th cup ( chopped finely)
  • Ginger- 1 tsp (chopped very fine)
  • Garlic- 1 tsp ( chopped very fine)
  • Green chilli- 1 ( chopped very fine)
  • Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Vinegar- 1 tbsp
  • Soy sauce- 1 tbsp
  • Red chilli sauce- 1 and a half tbsp
  • Salt- as needed.


Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan. Add green chillies, ginger and garlic. Saute for a minute.
Add the finely chopped onions. Saute till it is translucent.
Once it is translucent, add finely chopped carrots. Saute for 1 minute.
After a minute, add finely chopped capsicum and saute for a minute.
Next is the shredded paneer and saute for 1 more minute.
Now add red chilli sauce, soy sauce and vinegar.
Mix everything together and wait for a minute.
Then finally the pepper and salt. Mix everything together. Switch off the flame now.
Remove from the flame and add the green portion of spring onions. Mix everything together.
The stuffing is ready. Cool it down for 5 minutes.
Now grease idli mould with oil.
Pour 1 tbsp of idli batter in each mould.
Keep 1 tsp of stuffing in each mould.
Now pour 1/2 tbsp of batter to cover the top.
Keep it inside an idli maker or cook it in pressure cooker for proper 12 to 15 minutes till it is cooked completely. If cooking in a pressure cooker, do not put the whistle.
Once out and cooked. Leave it for 5 minutes to cool down. Remove with the sides of spoon.
It is like this when cut into half. The stuffing appears like this.


  • You can use any color of capsicum. Green capsicum is also fine.