Black & White Leaf Idli is an idly cooked in any tree leaf. Here, the chef cooks / steams idlies in palash leaves. The idli batter is traditional i.e., consisting of rice and urad dal mixture that is fermented overnight. This batter is filled in leaves shaped like a cone or a bowl. The idli batter is white in colour so the idlies turn out white but to make black idlies, chef adds crushed charcoal powder to the batter. The crushed charcoal gives a smoky flavour to the idlies. Moreover, the palash leaves impart its unique taste and flavour to the idlies.
The soft, tender, smoky Black & White Leaf Idli served with coconut chutney and red chilli chutney is a combination to die for.