Karnataka Breakfast Thali | Thatte Idli Recipe


After a sumptuous Karnataka lunch yesterday, today is the turn of its amazing breakfast. I am a breakfast person, i.e. I can eat breakfast for lunch and dinner too. This breakfast is one of the most amazing things you can ever taste. Each dish is a full fledged breakfast dish in itself and put it together and you have a king’s feast.

Unfortunately I don’t get the authentic breakfast in the area I stay because (in the husband’s words) ‘We stay in the Delhi part of Bangalore’. It is easier to find golgappas here as compared to an Iyengar Bakery. To find the awesome dishes Bangalore dishes, I have to travel to the other end of the city which is near impossible thanks to the traffic. Tragic, right?


So, though I haven’t eaten this breakfast combo anywhere in the city, this blog post serves as a plea to the restaurants in Bangalore to make a combo like this and have it as an all day meal for poor craving souls like me.

This Thali contains –

Thatte Idli – It is the softest, spongiest and melt in your mouth level delicious idli. Made with rice and urad dal, it is a feast in itself. Scroll down for the recipe.

Benne Dose – The butter dosa Bangalore is most famous for. Eat it and do not go near a weighing machine for a week, mostly for your own peace of mind

Khara Bath – I know I will be trolled for this but it is the tastier version of upma. I cannot stand upma but I can have khara bath every day of the week

Kesari Bath – Again, it is the easier tastier version of the regular boring kesari. Bathed in ghee, it can’t get better than this.

Sambhar & Chutney

Filter Coffee – Like a breakfast is complete without it!


Here is a quick recipe for Thatte Idli. It can be made easily if you have the idli batter ready. Do try it and thank me later!

Makes 2 Idlis


1 1/2 cups   Idli Batter

1/8 tsp Baking soda

Pinch of Sugar


  • Mix the idli batter with baking soda and sugar and set aside for 15 minutes
  • You can use the thatte idli plate if you have. Else, grease any flat plate (with walls) or the lid of any stainless steel box
  • Heat a larger pan or cooker with water of around 1″ deep
  • Place the plate in the pan / cooker
  • Pour in the idli batter on the plate and steam for 10-12 minutes
  • Turn it off and let it remain as is for another 5 minutes
  • Take the plate out and unmould it
  • Serve hot with sambhar and chutney
  • Enjoy!



  1. I have tried this with home made as well as store bought idli batter. It works well in both cases
  2. Instead of greasing the plate and pouring the batter, you can place a piece of banana leaf on the plate and then pour the batter. This makes the unmoulding easier

This is my post for the Blogging Marathon under the theme, ‘Thalis’.


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  1. Fantastic spread , I am drooling ! Beautifully presented breakfast which I can eat even after a meal !
    Thatte Idli has been on my mind for a long time now and I bought the mould to make it recently from Chennai . Thanks for the recipe , looking forward to the rest of recipes .

  2. Wow breakfast thali looks yummy. This reminds me of a South Indian restaurant nearby where they have breakfast buffet during weekend. Your Thali looks soo good

  3. That is an amazing breakfast spread and really wish the restaurant owners in Bangalore listen to your plea and come up with a thali spread like yours 🙂

  4. Omg that is one wholesome breakfast 🙂 how beautifully presented and looks scrumptious.. Love the plea to the restaurants 🙂 Thatte idli and kesari bhath looks so yummy, this platter is making me hungry badly.

  5. That breakfast platter looks fit for a feast Sowmya as you said! I love benne dosa and though I haven’t prepared thatte Idli per se, I have done versions of that..the whole plate looks so fantastic!

  6. Mouth watering thali must say. rava kesari has been our first item to start with. with ghee and saffron taste awesome. really great efforts put in to make such a spread for breakfast.

  7. Give me that plate, am a die hard fan of kesari bath and khara bath, my mouth is watering already. Am sure after having this thali, i definitely need a nap.

  8. It’s hard to find proper Karnataka food spots where my brother lives too. 🙁 The breakfast thali is so inviting. Between I would have explained Khara bhath the same way only… 😉 Love it.

  9. OMG what an amazing breakfast thali that is Sowmya. I wish I can have this for my breakfast some time 🙂 Thanks for sharing the idli recipe.

  10. Ive never seen that kind of flat idli before – WOuld be interesting to try it. Whole platter looks delicious

  11. Delicious breakfast platter or if I may say so a hearty brunch too. I was in Bangalore couple months back and treated myself to most of the items that I see on your thali. Was an amazing experience.

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