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Idli with Idli Rice

Idli with Rava Idli

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Prep Time 6 hrs
Cook Time 15 mins
Fermentation Time 10 hrs
Total Time 16 hrs 15 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 16 Idli pieces


  • 2 Cups Idli Rava/Cream of Rice
  • 1/2 Cup Skinned Black Gram(Split or Whole)
  • 1/2 Cup Flattened Rice flakes/Poha
  • 1 tsp Fenugreek Seeds/Methi Dana
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Oil to brush on Idli molds


  • Wash Idli Rava and dal seperately and soak in enough water. Add fenugreek seeds in soaked dal.
  • Soak for 3-4 hrs.
  • Wash Poha/flattened rice flakes 1-2 hrs before grinding batter.
  • When ready to grid, drain water from rava, dal and poha.
  • Add dal, poha and Rava , leave about 1/4 rava. Squeeze water from Rava using hands.
  • Add about 1.2 cup water to dal rava mix and grind to smooth paste. The batter should be nice fluffy.
  • Add rest of rava and mix the batter lightly with hand.

Fermenting batter in Instant Pot(I.P)

  • Transfer the batter to inner pot of Instant Pot. Plug-in I.P
  • Set the setting to Yogurt Mode for 10 hrs(summers about 8 hrs)
  • Close the lid or cover with a glass or steel lid.
  • After the set timing, check for the fermentation of batter. It should double up and bubbly.
  • If it is still not done, set the Yogurt Mode On again for 2-3 hrs.
  • Once fermented use for making Idlis or keep in refrigerator. If required transfer the batter to other container and refrigerate. Do not over mix the batter.
  • Use fresh batter for making Idlis and left over batter, for dosa or uttapam.

Fermenting Batter in Oven

  • Pre-heat oven to 200F , leave the door open for few minutes.
  • When it is when not hot keep the container of batter with a plate under it, to avoid mess if batter overflows.
  • The vessel should be big enough to hold risen batter.

Steaming Idli

  • Brush Idli plate with oil(use any good plant based oil)
  • Put the steamer pot filled with water,till the marked level, on gas-stove at medium heat. Wait till the water boils.
  • Meanwhile transfer Idli batter in Idli mold. Once water starts boiling, keep Idli plates in steamer and cover the pot and let it steam for 10-15 minutes.
  • Check if the idlis are done switch off the gas, let it stand for few minutes then take out idli stand.
  • Again keep it on counter for a couple of minutes and then take out Idli for the molds, You can use spoon to gently take out, if idlis are sticking to plate.
  • Serve with Chutney or Sambhar!!
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