Idli or how to prepare Idli

Recipe Categories: Breakfast Dishes
Preparation Time : 10 min Marination Time : fermentation - 10 to 12 hrs/overnight Cooking Time : 15 min Serves : 4

Idli is a type of savory rice cake, popular as breakfast foods throughout India tried and tested method to make soft and fluffy idlis at home. idli is a traditional breakfast made in every south Indian household.  A simple recipe to make the traditional rice idli with homemade idli batter using rice and urad lentil. Light, simple and healthy it is enjoyed with hot sambar and chutneys.







Idly rice – 2 cup

Urad dal – 1 cup

Fenugreek – 1 1/2 Tsp

Cooked rice – 1/4 cup optional

Cooking soda – 1/4 tsp (optional)

Salt to taste

Oil to grease



Soak the urad dal and fenugreek seeds together in enough water for 3 hours. Soak the rice in a separate bowl with enough water for 3 hours.

Blend the Urad dal and fenugreek together in a mixer till batter is smooth and fluffy, add little water, as it requires. (The batter consistency should be thicker than dosa batter).


Blend rice into a smooth batter, add this to the prepared urad batter, combine the urad paste and rice paste together in a container, cover it and keep aside to fermentation for overnight. ( keep in a warm place).


{TIPS: If you live in a cold region / winter season add salt after preparing the batter before fermentation OR Add 1/2 tsp of cooking soda and mix the batter after preparation of the batter and keep in a warm place by covering the container, the taste of idli will not change and you get a smooth Idli OR add 1 tbs of curd after grinding before fermentation.}

Next morning, stir the fermented batter, add salt and cooking soda (optional) mix well.


Take an idli steamer/pressure cooker, add some water at bottom of the pan, keep in a low flame.Grease the idli mold with oil, pour the batter into the mold with a spoon or ladle. Keep the idli mold in the steamer/ pressure cooker cover the lid, if you are preparing the idli in a pressure cooker remove the weight/whistle from the lid cover a steel glass. Steam it for 10-12 min in a high flame.



When it is done remove the idli mold and carefully remove the idli in a flat spoon ( Don’t overcook as it becomes hard).

Serve hot with sambar /chutney and vada.



Tips –

Another version to make Idli –

Quantity to serve 2 person –

Boiled rice (kusulakki) – 1 cup

Urad dal – 1/2 cup

Methi seeds – 1/2 Tsp

Method –

Soak urad dal and methi together and soak rice separately for 4 to 5 hr.

Grind soaked urad dal to a super fine paste by adding water, then grind soaked rice to a fine paste combine together to idli batter consistency, keep it to ferment overnight. Follow the same procedure as shown above.

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