Maligaipoo idly (Kushboo idly)

maligaipoo idly

My parents are a typical set of 20th-century parents. they need each others opinion in even trivial things yet starting from the menu of the day, mom cannot function without my dad and vice-versa. Their squabbles are indeed scary as a kid..but now I smile at these little annoying ones as we don’t have them any more till I visit them.
We ( my husband and I) have our incessant chatters and mini annoyment sessions, but it is not as elaborate as theirs coz we have been predominated by gadgets which have taught us to be easily distracted. Don’t get me wrong, I am a gadget pro person, I love my phone and my camera as well as my essential kitchen gadgets.
Now back to my parents, I like the way my mom diligently cooks each meal for my dad based on his preference and what’s up in the kitchen garden. He still manages to annoy her with his unrelenting palate and the saga continues. One they agree upon is the softness of the maligaipoo idly

To this particular story

The South Indian cine actress Kushboo was not only famous but was the dream queen of many men. When her movies came along so did a particular variety of super soft idly get renamed as Kushboo idly. Originally called maligaipoo idly (jasmine flour), this particular idly was synonymous with softness and the pure white colour.
My mom used to makes these for breakfast and as soon as my appa (dad) sees them he will say “kushbooidli…ya bhesh bhesh” (he is actually praising her) but my moms would have blown her fuse with the first mention of Khusboo itself and I am pretty positive she heard no more…
Whatever said she never stopped making this super soft maligaipoo idly and my dad never stopped saying the same even much long after the actress herself moved away from the mainstream movie world.

idly fermented food
Back to present

Today being World Idly Day,  I was prepping for this idly I could help but smile to myself. My dad’s, naughty smile and “bhesh bhesh” ringing in my head as much as my mums face red as she serves these idlies. These memories mean a lot to me. I am sure you have a lot of memories you have accumulated. If you have one special one to share about your parents, please add them to the discussion below.
Scroll down for these pure white supersoft Maligai poo idly recipe.

Here is a set of recipes you can serve with this mailigaipoo idly

Pressure cooker sambhar

Almond chutney

Coconut milk sambhar- the unique one.

Manga chammandi – raw mango chutney.


This recipe is added to the Cooking from a Cookbook group of bloggers. It is a family recipe and one to share to be enjoyed now.

maligaipoo idly

Malligaipoo idly

Kushboo idly
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 9 hours 20 minutes
Course Breakfast, Main Dish, Traditional
Cuisine Baby toddler food, diabetic friendly, gluten free, Indian, Kids choice, Microwave, One pot, Pressure cooker, South indian, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 24 idlies


  • 1 cup Urad Dal (black gram dal)
  • 3/4 cup tapioca pearls (sago)
  • 3 cups parboiled rice
  • 3/4 tbsp salt


  • Wash and soak the rice, urad dal and tapioca pearls, separately for about 2 hours.
  • Grind the Urad dal to super soft batter in a wet grinder.
  • Grind the sago and rice together to a smooth paste.
  • Add salt and mix the batters together. and set in a warm area o the kitchen for fermentation.
  • In warm weathers it takes about 6 hours for the fermentation and it may extend up to 10 hours in winter
  • Once the batter is risen well, mix it well once again and store in the refrigerator.
  • When ready to use greade the idly mould or ramikens.
  • ladle the batter half way up the ramikens or the moulds.
  • place in a steamer with water filled to the right levels and steam for 20 minutes.
  • If a skewers come out clean the idly is cooked.
  • Wait for another 5 minutes and unmould.
  • Serve hot with the sides.
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5 years ago

I enjoyed reading about your parents, makes me remember my family discussions and how it used to be right…I can even imagine the naughty look your father must have when he said “bhesh bhesh”,,hahhaa..I love this Idli and yes even my Dad loves this Idli version for the whiteness and softness..

2 years ago
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🤣 I think we are in your parents stage now! Love the kushboo idli thanks to you now I know it is also maligae idli. Not made them for ages. Will do.

Mayuri Patel
2 years ago
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I think all our parents have this banter about food everyday. And I feel hubby and I are entering that phase:) Imagine an idli named after a famous actress. Adding tapioca pearls must be adding to the softness and how white the idlis appear. A must try recipe.

2 years ago
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those memories are very precious indeed, Seema. Dad’s face ( God bless his soul) used to light up with sepankizhangu fry and chakkara pongal (of course not together). When I see my hubby’s smile for exactly the same reasons, I know that God has been kind !
and yes, the take on malligaipoo idly to become khushboo idli is hilarious (i have another anecdote, I will share offline with u)

Priya Vj
2 years ago
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Have heard so much about khusbhoo idli when khushboo was in the peak of her career. This idli took everyone by storm . I have never added sago to my idli batter, but I will definitely try this recipe of yours as hubby keeps telling me khushboo idli maadhiri edhuvum varadhu 😛😛

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