Soft idli- the quientessential breakfast from south indian is very easy to prepare and relish. Enjoy making these soft fluffy idlis with this recipe.
12 hours and 10 minutes
Idli the quintessential breakfast of south Indian has found its way into most homes across the world. Most of us like hot piping soft idlis with some chutney and sambar. When the idlis are very soft like cotton and served soft with Murugan kadai chutney and Hotel style sambar, it is heavenly. All these recipes are easily doable at home. The secret to the soft idli is the perfect batter which is rightly fermented and steamed. Here let us see how to make these soft idlis at home with the homemade batter.
Ingredients to make soft idli at home:
Idli or the steamed rice cake has only 2 main ingredients. One is the idli rice or parboiled rice. The other is the urad dal or the dehusked black gram dal. A little amount of fenugreek seeds also go along way in making the idlis very soft. All these ingredients are available in any Indian grocery store. This is the recipe I have been following to get those perfect soft idlis. There are many variations of the same homemade idli batter. You can add aval or poha to the batter to get soft idlis. Some even add sabudana or sago to the batter. You can make many variations to get different results. Now let us see in detail as to how this batter can be prepared at home.
Preparation of idli batter at home:
Parboiled rice/Idli rice
Urad dal(white and whole)
Wash and clean all the ingredients.
Soak rice with fenugreek seeds in a big bowl in enough water for 3 hours.
Soak the dal separately in enough water for 3 hrs.
Grind the dal first in a wet grinder till smooth and fluffy. This will ensure very soft idli. Take it out in a bowl and keep it aside.
Now grind the rice and fenugreek seeds with enough water till smooth.
Combine the dal paste to this. Do not over mix.
Add the necessary salt, mix well and let it ferment overnight.
Next morning heat water in the idli cooker
Grease the idli mould with oil
Pour a ladle of batter in each depression and assemble the stand.
Now keep it inside the cooker and close with the lid
Steam on high for 10 minutes
Check to see if it has cooked completely
Let it cool a little before you scoop out the idli from the stand