Idli Batter for Soft Idli

It's very important to have apt batter for making soft and smooth idli. If the idli batter is not fluffy or the quantity of ingredients  is not correct then you may not get white, puffy and soft idlis.

हिन्दी में पढिये : Idli Batter for Soft Idli 

Ingredients for Idli Batter

  • Rice - 3 cups
  • Urad dal - 1 cup
  • Fenugreek seeds - 2 tsp

How to make Idli Batter at home ?

Clean rice and urad dal and wash them thoroughly . Soak in water for 4-5 hours or overnight, separately. Also soak fenugreek seeds in dal. 

Strain excess water from urad dal and grind finely using very little amount of water. Strain excess water from rice as well and grind coarsely using less water. 

Mix both the paste in a big bowl and prepare a thick dough (it should not have pouring consistency). The consistency should be same as required for making pakoras. 

Cover and keep aside on warm place for 12-14 hours to ferment. It takes less time to ferment the batter during summers but during winters it takes around 20-24 hours. 

Once batter is fermented it gets puffy. Batter for making idli is now ready. Store it in refrigerator and use within 4-5 days.

Idli Batter Preparation Video in Hindi



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  1. 10 April, 2020 08:21:34 AM MyHomeGrocers

    I used to face a lot of troubles with my mixing the batter for a while. After getting some attempts, finally succeeded last week. Then I understood that cooking needs some practices, patience and more importantly love and dedication Thanks a ton please check out my writings on the Complete Cooking Guide for Soft Idli and Crispy Dosa. Click here