Instant Idli with Cooked Rice

Soft fluffy spongy Ildi recipe with Cooked or Leftover Rice | Instant Idli Recipe using Leftover Rice

Instant Idli with Cooked riceInstant Idli with Cooked rice


Instant Idli recipe using cooked rice or leftover rice.

Looking for a quick way to make your favorite Idli without any fermentation? We all use leftover steamed rice for recipes like Fried Rice, Lemon Rice. Or use it in making these delicious cutlets(Dal Chawal Cutlets).. Now do something different with a bowl of cooked/leftover rice.

Make these super soft and fluffy Idlis for breakfast or brunch with Sambhar(Udipi Style Sambhar).

What a coincident my last post was Mixed Dal Dosa, where making dosa does not require fermenting the batter.

Instant Ildi

Idlis are steamed cakes made with fermented rice and lentil batter. One of the healthiest breakfast/meal option that is vegan-friendly, gluten-free and requires very less or absolutely no oil.

Fermentation of Ildi takes a lot of time about a total of 10-12 hrs, though it is worth all the efforts. But so many times we get Idli cravings and have no time to soak dal and rice or ferment the batter. For those times, make Instant Idli, using curd and semolina. Check out the recipes of Instant Idlis on the blog using Semolina/Sooji(Instant Rava Idli) or with Finger millet flour(Instant Ragi Ildi).

These soft Instant Ildis are not Vegan and Gluten-free unlike traditional fermented Idli made with rice and urad dal/split black gram lentil are Vegan and Gluten-free.

Looking for fermented Idli Recipe-> checkout Soft Idli with Idli Rava

Let’s make Instant Idli with Cooked or Leftover Rice

Ingredients for Idlis with Cooked Rice

Only 4 ingredients are used to make these soft Idlis.

Cooked Rice, Semolina/Sooji or Rava , Yogurt/Curd (preferably a sour), Eno Salt, Salt and water to adjust the consistency.

In case you don’t have ENO Substitute it with 1/2 Tsp of baking soda and 1/2 tsp of lemon juice.

Semolina and ENO Sat is available in Indian Grocery stores.

To make check out the recipe card and detailed Instructional video..CLICK HERE

Instant Idli with leftover Rice

Instant Idli with Cooked riceInstant Idli with Cooked rice

Instant Idli with Cooked Rice(Leftover Rice)

Instant Idli recipe with cooked rice/leftover rice. No Fermentation Idli with with leftover steamed rice.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Batter Resting Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine Indian


  • Idli Steamer
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Mixing Ladle


  • 1 Cup Cooked Rice
  • 1 Cup Semolina/Rava/Sooji
  • ¾ Cup Plain Curd/ Yogurt
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Eno Salt
  • Water to adjust the consistency


  • In a blender/mixer add cooked rice with about ½ Cup water.
  • Blend to a smooth paste.
  • Transfer rice paste to a bowl.
  • Add semolina, curd/yogurt, salt and about ¼ Cup water. Mix nicely.
  • Cover and keep the batter aside for 10 mins.
  • Meanwhile, grease Idli tray molds lightly with oil.
  • Fill steamer ¼ level. When water starts boiling
  • After 10 mins., add 2 tsp of ENO fruit salt.
  • Mix lightly. Do not over-beat the batter.
  • Pour batter in idli molds.
  • Immediately keep trays in steamer, cover and steam idli for about 10-12 mins.
  • Once done, check Idlis, insert a tooth pick, it should come out clean.
  • Take out cooked Idli from the molds. Using spoon of Idli are sticking to idli plate/mold.
  • Serve with Chutney and Sambhar.



In case you do not have ENO, substitute, 1/2 Tsp of baking soda and 1/2 tsp of lemon juice.
Idli Rava can also be used in place of Sooji to make Instant Idlis with cooked Rice. 
Keyword cooking with leftovers, Leftover Rice recipe, No Fermentation Idli

Do make these soft and fluffy Instant Idlis using cooked rice.. a hearty and filling breakfast or brunch with spicy chutney and Sambhar.

You can use these Idlis to make Masala Idlis or Chilli Idli. you can male and serve it as starter or snack for your parties or for kids lunch box.

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30 thoughts

  1. WOW !! This is a perfcet recipe Swaty 🙂
    The idli looks much soft due to the use of the cooked rice probably… Love the idea, will try next time !

    1. I want to know what is the substitute of curd in this recipe as curd is most of the time not available specially in Winters.

  2. Wow the idlis looks so soft, fluffy and i want to relish some rite now, they are too tempting to the core. Love the way to use leftover rice into the idli. Delicious.

  3. Very good use of leftover rice to get an instant breakfast…idlis have come out perfect like fermented ones

    1. My idlis were a disaster… I used everything as directed but my idlis looks like a blast in my steamer… Please tell me where did i go wrong… I had 1 and half cup of rice… Instead of one… But suji was one cup…. Was this the matter… 😩

      1. Hey Mala.. don’t lose heart.. it must be the liquid ingredient ..don’t know the exact reason but maybe your curd had more water or the batter was too liquidy.. in all cooked rice and sooji should be 2 cups for 3/4 cups of yogurt.. were it hard or it just splattered in the steamer?

  4. This idea to use cooked rice in making idli comes handy when we have no time to grind the idli batter or when in hurry.
    A lovely idea and good use of leftover cooked rice.

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