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Idli is a traditional healthy breakfast made in almost all South Indian houses. Step by step preparation method of Idli recipe are following.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3 people


  • Steamers
  • Idli Maker


  • 1 cup parmal rice
  • 1/2 cup whole or split urad dal
  • 1/4 cup flattened rice or poha
  • 1/4 tbsp  fenugreek/Methi seeds
  • 3 cup Water soaking the ingredients
  • 1.25 cup Water for grinding
  • 2.5 cup Water  steaming idlis
  • 1 Salt for taste
  • 1 Oil applying in the idli moulds


  • Put the dal/rice/poha or cooked rice/fenugreek seed in the mixer, add correct amount of water, for idli making we need a thick batter, grind till you get a smooth and fluffy batter.
  • Pour the batter in large bowl and mix well.
  • Add salt and again mix it. We can put salt after fermentation of batter also.
  • Cover the bowl with a proper lid and let the batter ferment for 9 to 10 hours.
  • Grease the idli moulds
    Idli Moulds
  • Pour the batter in the moulds and steam the idli in a steamer.
  • Steam for 10 to 12 minutes
  • Serve hot with chutney and sambar.
  • Remaining batter pour in an air tight container and keep in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.
    Soft Idli Recipe


  • You can soak rice, dal, poha, fengreek together after cleaning the ingredients. For grinding we can use the same water. It will help to make more soft idlis.
  • For applying in the idli mould use till oil, other oil will be sticky.
  • For fast cooking of idli keep idli moulds in the steamer after boiling the water .
  • Don’t overcook the idli, it will turn hard.
  • Don’t remove the steamer cover frequently, the nutrition facts of idli will reduce.
  • At summer time fermentation of batter is not a problem, but at the winter/rainy season time natural fermentation is a bit problem, at that time boil water in large bowl cover it with a lid and keep idli batter bowl above that. Don’t mix salt in the batter before fermentation during cold season.
  • If you are making idli in a proper way, we can carry idli as a healthy food even for long train journey
Keyword Break Fast Recipe, Idli