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Pathaneer Sweet Idlis (Vivika)

Sweet Idlis made with Pathaneer

Recipe by christy gerald of Dubai, AE

Pathaneer is a fresh extract from the Palm tree sap. These sweet Idlis can be done in 8 mins time. Try this at home and enjoy the Vivikas.

Ingredients vegetarian 4 servings

    • 1 cup Idli rice - soaked for 40 mins
    • 1/2 cup(little less than 1/2 cup) Split Urad dhal(skinless)-soaked for 40 mins
    • 1 tsp salt to taste
    • 1/2 litre Pathaneer-fresh extract from palm tree sap
    • 1 ripe banana - chopped fine
    • 1 cup grated coconut
    • 1/2 cup crushed cashews,raisins and tutti-fruiti
    • 1 tsp green cardamom powder
    • 1/4 cup sugar(because pathneer tastes sweet)
    • 2 tsp refined oil + 1 tsp ghee - mixed well to grease idli plates


    1. Put the soaked Idli rice and soaked split urad dhal in a mixer grinder and grind them into a fine idli batter adding pathaneer (without adding water).
    2. Mix this Idli batter  with all the other ingredients except oil and mix well till it spreads evenly.
    3. Pour this batter into greased idli plates and steam-cook for 7-8 mins without putting whistle.Turn off the flame.
    4. Take the Sweet Idlis out after 10 mins time and cut them into desired shapes.
    5. Tasty Pathaneer Sweet Idlis(Vivika) are ready to be served.


    Eskitha Periyaswamy

    The name itself reminds me of my days in Nellai. Is there any other ingredient I can use in substitute to Pathaneer, as it is not available in mumbai?