Idli Recipe - How to make soft idlis (Homemade Idli Dosa Batter)

Idli Recipe
Idli is our south indian staple mostly made for breakfast so we usually stock up with the idli dosa batter which is very handy.I surely must have not thought of making a post for idli dosa batter, if I havent had a reader request for it.I am sure the method is easy and sure will help beginners.
Idli Recipe
We prefer making idli dosa batter at home as I dont prefer the store bought ones as to me, its a big compromise. Even attimes of busy schedule, I would rather choose upma, chapathi etc to idli, dosas using store bought batter. I love idlis best with idly podi.Check out kaima idli which is my fav. Tiffin sambar is the best combo! Hotel idli ratio is different from homemade ones. Will surely add a recipe for hotel style idli sometime later.
This ratio is from the handwritten book from amma and it works perfectly. I use my measuring cups for most of the recipes mentioned in this space. Amma uses the traditional ulaku, veesam with the same measurements. I converted it to the measuring cups for ease and convenience :)
Homemade Idli Dosa Batter Measurements

Idli, Dosa Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 hrs | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Idli rice - 3 cups (700 gms)
Whole urad dal / Ulundhu(no skin variety) - 1/2 cup (110 gms)
Fenugreek seeds/Vendhayam - 1/2 tsp
Water - as needed
Salt - to taste


  1. Measure each ingredient as per the above measurement and keep seperately. Soak rice, urad dal with fenugreek seeds in water each seperately for atleast 2 to 3 hours.
    How to make idli - Step1
  2. Then drain water from urad dhal+fenugreek seeds and add it to the grinder. While adding urad dhal take care the grinder doesnt get stuck. Sprinkle water then and there and grind it for 40mins in total. Its always better to stand near atleast during the final stage of till the proper consistency is reached. Keep sprinkling water in between at regular intervals. The batter should be light and nice fluffy.
    How to make idli - Step2
  3. Collect the urad dhal batter in a container(big enough to hold the fermented batter). Now drain water from rice and add it to the grinder, sprinkle little water and start grinding.Grind it for 30mins on the whole, keep adding water in between. Grind it smoothly with a slight coarse texture. The rice batter should be slightly thicker than urad dhal batter.
    How to make idli - Step3
  4. Now take the rice batter and urad dhal batter, add salt and mix well. Keep aside in a warm place to ferment well for atleast 10 - 12 hours. Can you see the fermented batter with a porous look? If you see the batter would have raised well and now your idli dosa batter is ready to use.
    How to make idli - Step4
  5. Take a laddle full and add it to the idly pan and steam it for 10-12mins. Sprinkle little water and carefully slide around the edges to take the idlis.
    How to make idli - Step5
Hot soft idlis ready to be served.I have tried my best to explain the making of idli, dosa batter. Have included the tips I got from amma too, do feel free to mail me your queries if you have any.
How to make soft idli
For dosas :First see whether the batter is in pouring consistency, if not add little water and mix well. Then take a laddle full of idli dosa batter and add it to the dosa tawa and keep spreading in circular motion outwards. When the dosa gets slightly browned turn over to other side. Crispy dosas ready.

For dosa video check here
Crispy Roast Dosa

Crispy Roast Dosa

My Notes:

Idli Recipe

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