Tropical Delight: How to Make Mango Idlis for a Unique Dessert Experience

Mango idli is a delightful and unique dessert that combines traditional South Indian steamed rice cakes with the tropical sweetness of ripe mango. The soft, fluffy idlis are infused with pureed mango, creating a vibrant colour and luscious, fruity aroma. Enhanced with a touch of sugar, grated coconut, and a hint of cardamom, these idlis offer a perfect balance of sweetness and fragrant spice, making them an irresistible treat.

Steamed to perfection, mango idlis boast a light and airy texture that melts in your mouth. They are best served warm, paired with a dollop of fresh cream or a drizzle of honey. For those who enjoy a sweet and spicy combination, try serving them with a traditional coconut chutney. This innovative dessert is sure to impress your guests, offering a refreshing twist on a beloved classic.


1 cup idli batter

1 ripe mango, peeled and pureed

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup grated coconut

1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder

A pinch of salt

Cubed mangoes for garnish (optional)


In a mixing bowl, combine the idli batter, mango puree, sugar, grated coconut, cardamom powder, and a pinch of salt.

Mix all the ingredients together until well combined.

Grease the idli moulds with oil or cooking spray.

Pour the idli batter into each mould, filling it about three-fourths full.

Steam the idlis in a steamer for 10-12 minutes or until cooked.

Once done, turn off the heat and let the idlis cool for a few minutes.

Use a spoon to gently remove the idlis from the mould and transfer them to a serving dish.

Serve the mango idlis warm with some coconut chutney or honey.

Enjoy your delicious mango idlis!

These mango idlis are not only a treat for the taste buds but also a feast for the eyes with their beautiful golden hue. Perfect for any occasion, they are sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests.

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