Soft and fluffy idlis
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 6 people



  • Soak the ingredients together for about 4 - 6 hours.
  • Wash well.
  • Grind well in a mixer using little water.
  • Rinse the mixer with water after grinding the whole mix and add this to the ground mix.
  • Add salt(around 2 tsp) and mix the batter well with clean hands for about 5 mins.
  • Leave it to ferment overnight.
  • Grease the idli moulds with little oil & pour one ladle of batter into each mould.
  • Steam it for 5 - 10 mins till the cooked smell comes out.
  • :- Check for properly cooked idlis by pricking using a knife or fork. If it comes out clean, then the idlis are done.
  • :- Serve hot with sambar and chutney.
  • :- Can use the same batter to make dosa by adding a little more water.
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Response (9)
  1. r
    remya December 9, 2007

    i tried this recipe but didnt came out well…..idli was very hard…………

  2. s
    sony March 5, 2008

    I have a query,when i make the iddli batter & keep it to ferment overnight,the batter does not rise.can u please tell me that what is the mistake i am doing.

  3. s
    saniya March 30, 2008

    when I had kept the batter for fermenting the batter did not rise,can u please tell me asto what is the mistake I am doing.

  4. h
    hephzibah April 8, 2009

    The batter wil not rise if the grinder become hot by grinding for a long pl add some ice or have some break while grinding the batter.

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