Tri-Color South Indian Platter


Happy Independence day to all my Indian buddies. Jai Hind!!!!

This is a special post, drafted for the Indian post with a tri-color theme. My actual plan was to post a Tri-Color fruit leather using Peach, apple and kiwi, but after baking I was not satisfied with the color, especially green.


Wanted to do something else. Being a south Indian, I was influneced by Saravana Bhavan, and remembered their Tricolor  chutney. I thought of preparing three chutneys, but the moment chutney was decided, I also wanted to make a platter with idly and Uthappam. I will post a detailed recipe on Idli batter (with mixie) shortly

Tri-Color South Indian Platter

Tri-Color Mini Idli



Idli Batter – 1/2 cup

Carrot – 1


Idli Batter – 1/2 cup

Frozen Peas – 2 tbsp


Idli Batter – 1/2 cup


Saffron Color

Cook the carrots, and once they come to room temperature, grind them into fine  paste. Add Idli batter to the carrot paste mix well / grind once

White color

Nothing to do:-) just the plain batter

Green color

Microwave frozen peas for a minute, or after switching off the carrot, remove carrot and add peas. Bring peas into fine paste and add batter and mix well

Mini Idli

  • Grease the Idli plate with oil and pour a spoon full of batter into mould. Stack up all the idli plates and steam for 12-15 mins. Rest it for another 5 mins
  • Dip a clean wide spoon in water and remove the idlis from the plate. Keep dipping the spoon in water in between to help in taking out the idli easily. In a skewer, I inserted Tri-Color idli


Tri-Color Uthappam


Idli batter – 1/4 cup approx

Carrot – 2 tbsp (finely chopped in chopper/grated)

Onion – 2 tbsp

Frozen Peas – 2 tbsp



  • Heat the skillet on medium heat and spread some oil on it. Pour ladle full of batter and spread it in a shape of rectangle. Drizzle carrot at the top, onion in middle and peas at the end and cover the lid and  cook. I didn’t flip the other side


Carrot Chutney


Carrot – 5

Onion – 1

Garlic – 2 pods

Dry Red Chilli – 2

Urad Dal – 2 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1/8 tsp

Salt – as needed


  • Wash carrots, peel off the skin and trim the edges. Cut them into big chunks and cook them
  • Add 1 tsp of oil, add urad dal and mustard seed and saute till urad dal starts browning. Add the onions and garlic, and saute till they are cooked. Add carrot and sauté for 2/3 minutes and switch off. Let it cool
  • Transfer all the ingredients to a mixer, and grind it along with salt and required water.

Coriander chutney


Coriander leaves – 1/3 cup

Green chilli – 1/2

Coconut – 3 tbsp

salt – as needed


  • Grind everything into fine paste adding water

Coconut Chutney


Coconut – 1/2 cup

Green chilli – 1/2

salt – as needed


  • Grind everything into fine paste adding water

To temper:

Coconut Oil – 1 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Urad Dal – 1 tsp

Hing – 1/8 tsp


  • Add oil to the pan when the oil is hot add ‘to temper’ cook till they splutter and add to all chutney




60 thoughts on “Tri-Color South Indian Platter

  1. Liz August 19, 2014 at 10:11 AM Reply

    Great colour combinations. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sony P August 18, 2014 at 3:40 PM Reply

    Awesum vidya……. Like the way you decorated all south indian platter.

  3. Shobha August 18, 2014 at 7:50 AM Reply

    Lovely & awesome platter…………happy independence day.

  4. cafegarima August 18, 2014 at 12:22 AM Reply

    Good job with the colours V! 🙂

  5. Patty Nguyen August 17, 2014 at 6:31 PM Reply

    Vidya, this is fantastic! You are so creative!

  6. apuginthekitchen August 17, 2014 at 3:47 PM Reply

    So pretty the colors are vibrant like the flag of India, very cool!

  7. Dilip August 17, 2014 at 12:02 PM Reply

    Superb and creative.

  8. M August 17, 2014 at 9:10 AM Reply

    You just gave me the best idea! make something like this for Chile’s independence day in september, thanks!
    Great blog, I’m following 😉

  9. platedujour August 17, 2014 at 4:28 AM Reply

    I hope you had a happy Independence day! Very nice way of showing the connection to your country 🙂

  10. Treat and Trick August 17, 2014 at 1:23 AM Reply

    What a fantastic idea!

  11. Liz August 16, 2014 at 8:32 PM Reply

    what fun!

  12. Pea Kay (Preeti Kashyap) August 16, 2014 at 2:51 PM Reply

    I am definely trying the tri color idli…so innovative!!! This is my first time here.
    Do visit me. I am having a 2 free giveaways contest!!!

  13. Foodie Adam & Cookie Eve August 16, 2014 at 1:05 PM Reply

    Awesome Vidya!

  14. sherien August 16, 2014 at 11:27 AM Reply

    Creativity at its best…doing a good job dear…

  15. sherien August 16, 2014 at 11:26 AM Reply

    Creativity at its best…..

  16. spiceinthecity August 16, 2014 at 4:02 AM Reply

    Wow, thats a lovely platter celebrating the Indian tricolor Vidya! Love the little idlis 😀

  17. deelightfullyveg August 16, 2014 at 1:14 AM Reply

    Wonderfully innovative! Liked the fruit layered one 🙂

  18. acbistro August 15, 2014 at 9:03 PM Reply

    lovely spread Vidya 🙂 belated happy Independence day 🙂

  19. mmmarzipan August 15, 2014 at 2:44 PM Reply

    Wonderful celebration dish!

  20. Charanya August 15, 2014 at 7:49 AM Reply

    Looks so good 🙂 I am working way too many hours this week. I’m not doing the challenge 😐

    • Traditionally Modern Food August 15, 2014 at 2:11 PM Reply

      Thanks Charu:-) oh now I know the reason for missing vegan SPL Tri-Color post from you.. Tc

  21. Jayeeta August 15, 2014 at 4:37 AM Reply

    Superb 🙂

  22. Bikramjit August 15, 2014 at 2:48 AM Reply

    Happy independance day and WOWOWOW.. that is awesome

  23. radhikasethi August 15, 2014 at 2:15 AM Reply

    The idli, uttapam and chutney looks really cute Vidya! 😉 I would love these for breakfast now.. 😀

  24. sindhoooo August 15, 2014 at 2:06 AM Reply

    How creative you are Vidya! Enjoyed this visual treat! Happy Independence Day!

    TC! Keep smiling 🙂
    The Arts & Me

  25. Aruna Panangipally August 15, 2014 at 1:34 AM Reply

    Lovely, Vidya. Very representative of Independence Day AND healthy to boot!

  26. kurinji August 15, 2014 at 1:24 AM Reply

    gr8 job…

  27. Love, Life and Whatever August 15, 2014 at 12:53 AM Reply

    Loved it….good creativity

  28. swethadhaara August 15, 2014 at 12:47 AM Reply

    Vandemataram..Jai hind! Happy Independence Day to all Indians!

  29. Malar August 15, 2014 at 12:13 AM Reply

    That’s so cool Vidya, Loved the idli, so cute 🙂 I really liked the flag and green is totally fine dear 🙂 Chutney has come out too good, loved the flag decor!!!

  30. Chitra Jagadish August 15, 2014 at 12:05 AM Reply

    Very creative. ….just fantabulous platter. ….happy independence day….

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