Idli | How to make Idli

By Nathiya Krishnan  |  11th Jan 2018  |  
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About Idli Recipe

Healthy, delicious southindian breakfast. Fluffy steamed idli would be on the toplist of menu of health conscious people. Correct fermentation of the idli batter is a key in making soft idlies. This recipe post has lots of tips on making idli batter to get those spongy idlies.

Idli is a delicious and yummilicious dish which is one of the popular dish of Tamil Nadu. Idli is an easy yet mouthwatering recipe for you to enjoy. It is a great alternative when you want something really perfect to eat. Restaurant style Idli is liked by everyone and is easily available at almost every restaurant. You can also call it as a quick and easy recipe which you can make at your home. The preparation time of this recipe is 600 minute and it takes 8 minute to cook it properly. It is an amazing dish which is liked by the people of every region. By the help of this recipe you can definitely know how to make a perfect Idli. It is an amazing dish which is perfectly appropriate for any occasion. Idli is delicious as well as healthy dish because it contains large amount of health benefiting nutrients. It is a perfect dish to prepare for the beginners. Cooking Idli is an art and while preparing this dish you can feel the aroma of this delicious Idli. Surprise your family and friends by preparing this hotel style Idli at your home.


Ingredients to make Idli

  • Idli rice- 2 cup
  • urad dal/ Ulundhu- 1/2 cup
  • fenugreek seeds/Vendhayam- 2 tablespoon
  • salt- to taste

How to make Idli

  1. Wash and soak all the ingredients for 3-4 hours.
  2. Grind the rice by adding enough water. It should be silky smooth.
  3. Grind fenugreek seeds till its fluffed up.
  4. To the top of it, add urad dal and add water little by little so that it gets increased to about 8 times its volume.
  5. Now mix the urad dal mixture with the rice and season with salt.
  6. Allow the batter to ferment for around 10-12 hours.
  7. The batter should have increased in volume by now. Mix well with a ladle.
  8. Take a idli plate, grease it with oil and gently fill the moulds with the batter. Place it in a idli vessel and let it steam for 6-7 minutes in medium flame.
  9. Leave it undisturbed for 2-3 minutes and sppon it out.
  10. Spongy idlies are ready to serve.

My Tip:

Wash the rice 3-4 times to get a whiter idli. Keep an eye on batter. If its too watery, idlies will be flat and hard. Add salt before fermentation in sunny days. If you’re living in colder countries, place the batter in warm place (inside the oven). Do not remove immediately once its done, it might get sticky.

Reviews for Idli (1)

Neha Sharma2 years ago

Are you sure about the proportions? 02 cups of rice (500 g) soaked for one person? How many idlis do you suppose one person can have in a meal?

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