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Nov 23, 2020


Fluffy as the cotton balls, white as the snow – every Indian household remembers these loving descriptions of Idli that our parents would convince us to eat for breakfast. Soft, pillowy and steamed savory cake made from rice and lentil batter, Idli is a gluten free food item and makes for one of the healthiest and filling breakfasts. These spongy idlis can be served with several accompaniments like various types of chutneys, gunpowder, sambar, rasam, butter, ghee and as the taste demands. Most commonly served accompaniments are sambar and coconut chutney.

Prepping Time – 8-10 hours                                         Cooking Time – 15 minutes


  • Parboiled rice (Ukda Chawal) – 2 cups
  • Raw rice – ½ cup
  • Dhuli urad dal (Split black gram skinless) -- 1 cup
  •  Methi dana (Fenugreek seeds) – 1 tsp
  • Salt – As per taste

Step 1:
 Wash the rice thoroughly under running water for 1-2 minutes. Soak it in fresh water for at least 2-3 hours.

Step 2: Wash the dal thoroughly under running water for 1-2 minutes. Soak it in fresh water for at least 2-3 hours.

Step 3: Add methi seeds to the soaking dal.

Step 4: Drain and grind the rice in a Bajaj Mixer Grinder to a slightly coarse texture with dropping consistency. Keep it aside.

Step 5: Drain and grind the dal with methi seeds in a Bajaj Mixer Grinder. Sprinkle water to make the batter spongy and smooth. Bajaj Electricals has come up with its new ‘Nutri-Pro’ feature that retains the nutritional content and authentic taste of the ingredients, regardless of the speed levels they are mixed at.

Step 6: Add salt (as per requirement) and mix both the batter thoroughly in a whipping motion.

Step 7: Keep the batter in a large vessel. Close it tightly and let the batter rest in a warm place for at least 24 hours to ferment.

Step 8: Mix the batter well and pour it on lightly oiled idli trays and steam for about 10 minutes. Dip a toothpick into the idli to check if done.

Please note, you can use different sizes of idli moulds depending on the requirements. Many moulds such as normal / mini idlis / mid-sized idlis are available in the market.

Step 9: Remove from the steamer, sprinkle water on the idli and remove from the moulds. Keep it covered under a moist cloth till serving time.

Enjoy these spongy and healthy Idlis with chutney or sambar or any other food accompaniment you like. Idlis can often be served in other forms such as Idli Chilly, Masala Veggie Idli, Gunpowder Idli and many more to make it tasty and interesting. However, some like Idli at its very best – Kept Simple and steaming hot!

Tip: Addition of a bit of sugar does help in fermenting the batter. So, you can use this method at times in the winters.


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