Idli, Plant Based Dishes

Instant Cucumber Idli – No Grinding, No Fermentation, No Urad Dal required | ಸೌತೆಕಾಯಿ ಇಡ್ಲಿ | How to make Cucumber Idli | GF, Vegan

Idli is one of the healthiest Indian Breakfasts, and it has a wide following worldwide, even amongst non-South Indians as its easy to digest, can be taken even for convalescence patients who otherwise can’t eat everyday food. As a family,Monday mornings are usually reserved for Idlis / Dosa as I grind the batter on Sunday evenings. With the humidity levels tolerable, I ferment for a little longer. 

You would naturally guess that we are a Idli loving family with over 14 varieties of Idli here on the blog (and counting!). And what better fun than to pair these Idli / Dosa with these huge collection of 20+ chutney varieties. Take your pick 🙂 

Plus of course there are recipes like Baked Idli FryIdli Chilli and Idli Manchurian

which are made with leftover Idlis too. All in all, instant or fermented , Idli rules in our house

Another plus  in our family is we are huge fans of steamed dishes like: 

Anu Kollon suggested that we make steamed dishes this month for Ssshh Secretly Challenge, her blog is choc a block with authentic Kerala dishes. I was paired with Preethi who gave me cucumber and cumin as the main ingredients. I gave her cardamom and milk powder – do check out the yummilicious Instant Kharwas she has made. Preethi has many traditional dishes from Karnataka and smoothies are worth checking out for.



Today’s recipe came from a friend who’s shared her mom’s recipe for Instant Cucumber Idlis. This is a NO Urad dal recipe. You need about 15 mins of prep time + 30 mins (minimum) resting time. Since I made it first, we have made it thrice already. 

If you are a fan of Idlis or like trying out new recipes, please do check out the recipe and leave the comments on the YouTube video below too once you watch it for the method. If visiting the channel for the first time, please do like and subscribe to our channel.  


Till then, check out this ultra delicious Cucumber Idli – Gluten Free and Vegan. 

See notes for getting it right the first time, every time 🙂

Prep time – 15 mins, Standing time – 45-60 mins ; Cook time – 15 to 20 mins. Makes – 12-14 medium sized Idlis




  1. This recipe traditionally doesn’t use Curd / yoghurt. But if you are short of cucumbers, use can use curd partially. Don’t skip the cucumbers entirely  
  2. Don’t skimp on the quantity of the fresh / frozen coconut. That gives the extra moisture and softness for the idli
  3. Don’t steam for less than indicated time, as the batter is somewhat watery, cook it for 2-3 mins more than the usual Idli (again time depends on how many idlis you are making per batch)
  4. Only Rice Rava (homemade or store bought ) will work for this recipe, not the usual semolina / Sooji / Kansa rava.  If you don’t have readymade / store bought Idli rava, click the above link on how to make  homemade Idli Rawa.

1 cup = 200 ml 


What you need:

  • Rice Rava (homemade) – 1.5 cups
  • Grated Cucumber – 2.5 cups (Grated with skin on and don’t squeeze out the water)**
  • Grated Fresh / Frozen Coconut – 1 cup
  • Salt – to taste


  • Oil – 2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds -1 tsp
  • Green chillies – 2 to 3 finely minced
  • Grated ginger – 1 TBSP (opt.but recommended)

How to make:

Refer the YouTube video below for the detailed steps 




  1. Poonam Bachhav

    Cucumber idli is a new dish to me and definitely sounds healthy and with the coconut going in, I am sure it tastes great.

  2. Poonam Bachhav

    Cucumber idli is a new dish to me and definitely sounds healthy and with the coconut going in, I am sure it tastes great.

  3. Wow! The idlis look super soft and fluffy. I'm sure they tasted delicious too, with the cucumber and coconut going in. Very new recipe for me. Love it!

  4. Cucumber idli is totally new to me .hats off to your innovative idli recipes. Looks so so spongy and soft

  5. Never tasted cucumber idli. Idli looks so soft fluffy and delicious. Cucumber and fresh coconut definitely made these idli super yummy.

  6. Very new idli recipe for me.. idlis look so soft and spongy.never added cucumber in idli batter, shall try it soon.

  7. Mayuri Patel

    Interesting use of cucumber to make idlis. They look so soft and delicious. And with a generous amount of coconut, that's just what I like.

  8. cookwithrenu

    I had once made cucumber idli but not the instant one. I would like to try this instant version as this looks very soft and yum

  9. I have tried making cucumber dosa but not cucumber idli. This is such a easy recipe and can be made anytime without any prior preparation. Btw the homemade rice rava recipe is also very useful.

  10. Sounds interesting. I have never tasted cucumberidlis.

  11. This is another easy to make breakfast option. I have never made these, looks soft and light.

  12. Vasusvegkitchen

    Cucumber sound interesting, it looks very soft and spongy. Chutney too looks delicious, adding this in my list to try soon.

  13. preethi'scuisine

    Instant cucumber idli looks Super soft and fluffy. Another addition to the idli recipes. Ideal to sneak veggies in idli.

  14. Idli with cucumber looks so soft and very innovative idea. Thanks for the share

  15. Cucumber idlis!! Wow I love this combo and no fermentation or prep time is added bonus. Love it.

  16. mildly indian

    Cucumber idli and cucumber dosai is my mother in law's special recipe for us from the udupi zone. It is ages since I made these. So glad you brought it back.

  17. Priya Satheesh

    Idli looks soft and delicious. Never tried cucumber idli.. sounds interesting too. Would like try this sometime..

  18. Wow. Cucumber idli looks so soft and spongy. Interesting recipe without urad dal. Love the tempering and coconut which adds extra crunch.

  19. Shobana Vijay

    Cucumber idlis are very much new to me and quite interesting.It tastes awesome with coconut and its soft too.

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