Sept. 11, 2015, 12:29 a.m.

Vivika-4Vivika or Sweet Pathaneer Idly recipe with video and step by step pictures – I am very very delighted to share vivika recipe with my dear readers :) Being an authentic dish from my native, everyone from nellai or tuticorin have a special corner for vivikas. It is very delicious carrying the aroma of palm sap and goodness of nuts and raisins. Christmas or easter or church harvest festival is never complete without vivikas. They are crowd pleasers and fast sellers in any harvest sale :) This dish should be cousin from the appam family of Kerala :) They can be had for breakfast or brunch or evening snack. Before we check the recipe, read the below and be blessed.. 

#FoodforSoul - "Those who give everything in God's hand, finally see God's hand in everything" How true is that. Here is what moved my soul. Sharing with you all.

When we give something to God, it feels wonderful because we are essentially giving the burden, worries, and cares of that thing over to Him. We are doing what Philippians 4:6 instructs us to do which is to, “Not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” And when we do this, (present our requests to Him), we feel an overwhelming peace knowing that it is in His hands. The problem lies however, when we ‘take back’ that thing that we gave to Him in the first place. But God says

Every time you give something to me, and then take it back, you are taking on more than you can handle, because you were never meant to do everything alone!


Vivika or Sweet Pathaneer Idlies


Cooking time : 30 minutes         Serves : 6 adults


For full video recipe, check rasika rusika vivika show




3 cups raw rice


1/2 cup palm sap or toddy


9 tbspns of sugar


cashew nuts chopped 1 tbspn


raisins 1 tbspn


thin slices of coconut 2 tbspn


cardamom powder 1/2 tspn


cooking soda a pinch


bananas Kasli variety 4


dosa batter 1/2 cup






Step 1 - Wash the rice well and soak it for 1 hour.

Step 2 - Nicely drain the water, spread the rice on a cloth and allow it to dry until all the moisture is gone. Let it not dry more than a hour.

Step 3 - Grind the rice into flour. Sift the flour in batches. At the end of sifting, you get tiny rava like broken rice left out. Keep collecting them. That is called kuruna rice. Keep the flour aside.

Step 4 - Take all the kuruna rice in a bowl. Add water in the ratio i.e kuruna : water = 1:3. Add required salt as well.

Step 5 - Boil with constant stirring until the kuruna and water becomes a thick porridge. Cool the porridge.

Step 6 - Add the flour into porridge little by little. Meanwhile keep mixing it with your hands. Mix completely until all the flour becomes wet with the porridge.

Step 7 - Add the flour into porridge little by little. Meanwhile keep mixing it with your hands. Mix completely until all the flour becomes wet with the porridge.

Step 8 - Add fermented palm sap/toddy on top of the flour mix. Make holes with a spoon on the flour mix. The toddy seeps into the flour mix and helps in fermentation.

Step 9 - Leave it undisturbed overnight in your kitchen counter.

Step 10 - Next day you will see that the batter has loosened up. Add mashed bananas, sugar, elaichi powder. Give a good mix with hands. Taste the batter and add if more sugar is required.

Step 11 - Add nuts, raisins, coconut slices. Add the cooking soda just before steaming the idlies. Give a nice mix.

Step 12 - Pour the batter in a idli steamer after greasing the plates. Steam them for a maximum of 8 to 9 minutes. And your aromatic vivivka is ready :)

Vivika edited


    • Substitute for toddy - 1/2 cup coconut water ( not tender coconut water ) + 1 tspn of sugar , allowed to rest for an hour. 


    • It can be stored refrigerated for 5-7 days when coconut is not added. If you are adding coconut, finish them within two days.

Please do try out this authentic sweet pathaneer idlies or vivikas and let me know your comments. Your comments help me grow. You can reach out for any doubts via mail or FB msg. Also, do not forget to send a picture when you try them, so that I can feature your creation on my FB page :)

Love & Shalom,


Jofy Abraham
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