Soft idly recipe

                    Soft Idli

Idli is a famous south indian breakfast and dinner dish made up of rice and lentil batter with steam cooking.
We could say it is rice cake as well. Have a look at the ingredient list and method


Idly rice – 3 cups
Ural dal – ¾ cup
Fenugreek seeds – 2 tbsp

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Soak all three ingredients in water for 5 hour and then grind them to thick batter using blender or wet grinder.
I personally recommend wet grinders to make really soft idly. Blending or grinding results in thick paste but basically it differs.
But if you don’t have wet grinder go ahead and blend with blender.
Then ferment the grinded batter for at least 8 hours. Use a wide opened big vessel for fermenting. Otherwise your batter may overflow.
If the climate is hot then your batter would get ferment perfectly. Else it may take time. But 8 hour is maximum.  After 8 hour you could see that your batter must have raised up.
Now mix the batter well, transfer it into air tight container and refrigerate it.
To make soft idly, use this batter for first four days. Later your batter must have fermented more and you won’t get soft idly. Your idly might me sticky.
Now whenever you want to make idly, take required amount of batter and add salt to it. Some people add baking soda for soft idly. But if you use quality idly rice and urad dal you don’t need any soda. You idly must be soft. If you have any doubts, do post your comment in my blog. I will share my tips.
Take idly maker and add water to it. Apply oil to each concave surfaces of idly plate. Then pour right amount of batter to each idly surface. Stack the idly plates one by one into idly maker and place it on stove. Cook for at least 6 minutes for two idly plates. If you are stacking more idly plates, kindly increase the time of cooking.
After 6 minutes, open the lid and using tooth pick, check your idly. If no batter is sticking, then your idly is done. If not,cook it for some more time.
Then let the idlies to cool down and then transfer them into hot box or plate and serve with sambar or chutney of your preference.


Add 1/2 cup of cooked rice or soaked poha [Aval or Rice flakes] while grinding idli rice and urad dal to make super soft Idli

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