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Nathiya Krishnan
600 minutes
Prep Time
8 minutes
Cook Time
1 People
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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.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Everyday
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Steaming
  • Breakfast and Brunch
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 1

  1. Idli Rice- 2 cup
  2. Urad Dal/ Ulundhu- 1/2 cup
  3. Fenugreek seeds/Vendhayam- 2 tablespoon
  4. Salt- to taste


  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.

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Neha Sharma
Neha Sharma   Feb-18-2018

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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