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Idli Batter

By: Mrs.Soujanya Hariprasad of Santa Clara, US

Filed in Miscellaneous

Serves 4 people

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I learnt to make soft Idlis at home from my mother. Try it & u'll definately like it.


  • 4 cups Idli Rava
  • 1 3/4 cup Urad dal
  • Salt to taste


  1. Soak Rava in medium hot water for 4 hrs.
  2. Soak dal in plain water for 4 hrs.
  3. Make a fine paste of Urad dal & keep aside.
  4. Drain hot water from the rava & wash with cold/plain water.
  5. Take a handful of rava & tightly squeeze the water out of it & add it to the urad dal paste. Continue untill all the rava is done.
  6. Add Salt to it & mix well.
  7. Leave OVERNIGHT in a warm place for fermentation.
  8. Steam the batter in Idli stand for 8-10 mins & serve hot with coconut chutney & Sambar.

NOTE: Donot add too much water while grinding urad dal. The paste should be of medium consistency to make soft Idlis.

Latest Comments

By manisha sheth on 12/10/2009 6:44:00 AM

hi, i tried idli batter with the recipe posted on my cook blog. recipe4cooking.blogspot.com/2009/12/idli.html . my question is, my idlis when i removed it from the idli mould were slightly sticking to the mould. is it because i added little bit more urad dal? my idlis were nice ravedar. i want to perfect my idlis. pls help and comment on my recipe if possible. thanks. manisha

By Mrs.Soujanya Hariprasad on 4/2/2009 1:16:00 PM

Thank u rajeshwari.

By rajeswari on 3/14/2009 3:00:00 AM

presentation of idli batter or whatever recipe by Mrs.Soujanya is very appealing.

By Debraj on 5/27/2008 3:18:00 AM

Hi ! One can add some yeast or a spoonful of curd to the idly batter before keeping it overnight. This will ensure that the idlys are soft.

By rachana on 5/21/2008 7:08:00 PM

Hi Soujanya, I am new to South Indian cooking.My idli batter was never perfect until i tried your recipe.Thanks Can you please post South Indian chutneys on this site.or please if u can mail them to my email id sk_rachna @yahoo.co.uk.I'll be really thankful.

By Soujanya Hariprasad on 1/16/2008 10:43:00 AM

Hi...Idli rava is a type of rava which is slightly thicker than regular rava. This rava is mainly used in making Idli's only. It can be easily found in grocery stores as Idli Rava itself.

By nishi prasad on 1/14/2008 11:38:00 AM

What is Idli Rava?

By elizabeth on 1/5/2008 11:58:00 AM

What is idli rava? Is it rava?


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