soft idlis recipe
South Indian Breakfast

Soft Idlis Recipe: A healthy appetite 2023


1. Introduction to Soft Idli:

Soft idlis recipe, a signature dish of South Indian cuisine, is a delectable and wholesome breakfast option. These steamed rice cakes are known for their pillowy texture and mild tangy taste. Let’s dive into the process of making these delightful delicacies.

2. Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup parboiled rice
  • 1 cup regular rice
  • 1/2 cup urad dal (skinned black gram)
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi seeds)
  • Water for soaking and grinding
  • Salt to taste

3. Soaking and Grinding the Batter:

  1. Wash the rice and urad dal separately before soaking them in water for about 4-5 hours.
  2. In a separate bowl, soak fenugreek seeds along with urad dal.
  3. After soaking, drain the water from the rice, urad dal, and fenugreek seeds.
  4. Grind them separately to a smooth paste using minimal water. Then combine the rice and urad dal batter with salt and mix well.
Soaked rice

4. Fermenting the Batter:

  1. Transfer the batter to a large container with enough room for fermentation to occur.
  2. Keep the container in a warm place and let it ferment overnight or for around 8-10 hours.
  3. The fermented batter will rise and have a slightly tangy aroma.
Fermenting batter

5. Making Soft Idli recipe:

  1. Before making idlis, add some water to the batter to achieve a pouring consistency.
  2. Grease the idli plates with oil or ghee to prevent sticking.
  3. Pour the batter into the idli molds and steam them in a steamer for 10-12 minutes on medium heat.
  4. Once done, let the idlis rest for a minute before removing them from the molds.
Steaming hot idlis in the making

6. Serving and Accompaniments:

  1. Serve the hot and fluffy idlis with coconut chutney, tomato chutney, sambar, or any other chutney of your choice.
  2. Idlis also taste great with a side of spicy lentil powder known as “gunpowder.”
Serving hot idlis recipe

7. Tips for Perfect Soft Idlis recipe:

  • Use parboiled rice for better texture and softness.
  • The consistency of the batter is crucial; it should be neither too thick nor too runny.
  • Fermentation time may vary depending on the weather; ensure proper fermentation for the best results.

8. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q: Can I use store-bought rice flour for making idlis?

A: While it is possible, the taste and texture of traditional idlis made from freshly ground batter are unmatched.

Q: Can I prepare the batter in large quantities and refrigerate it?

A: Yes, you can refrigerate the batter for 1-2 days, but remember that freshly fermented batter yields the best idlis.

Q: How can I make mini idlis for kids?

A: Pour the batter into small molds or use an “idli stand” to make cute and bite-sized mini idlis

Small idlis

Enjoy this wholesome and delightful South Indian breakfast with your favorite chutneys and accompaniments!

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