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Ingredients

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4 Parts Idli rice (Steamed raw rice)
1 handfull Raw rice
1 tbsp Sago pearls (Sabudana)
1 Parts Urad dal (de husked black gram)
1 or 2 pinch Fenugreek seeds
salt
Enough water

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How to make a perfect batter for fluffy idli – south indian delicacy

Indian steamed savoury rice cake

Cuisine:

    Keep calm and have some hot idli .
    A breakfast feels so incomplete for a south indian or any idli lovers unless you have had some hot idli for breakfast

    • 9 Hours
    • Serves 8
    • Medium

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    “IDLI MAKES YOUR DAY LIKE NOTHING ELSE COULD, CALL IT FOR A BABY OR FOR GROWN UPS “

    Here is a quick recipe card for you… Idli can be had with coconut chutney or tomato chutney or Sambar. we south indians especially Tamilian have this idli with meen kolambu (Fish curry) or an overnight leftover Puzhi kolambu (Spicy curry prepared with tamarind juice). either way it is satisfactory , eat it for breakfast or for dinner. this is a dish that was being relished in our Indian Kingdom back in between 800 – 1200 CE and it is still loved the same way for generations.

     Idli is prepared by soaking urad dal (de-husked) and steamed raw rice for about 8 hours for rice and 2 hours for urad dal and then let for fermentation overnight. the next day we steam the batter into idli cooker and serve it with variety of popular side dish especially prepared for idli, dosa or aapam.

    Today idli has come up with lot of variations like Rava Idli, Rava Oats Idli and Finger millet idli etc.

     

    If you are new in preparing this recipe do check my blog below supported with pictures
    for your quick understanding.

     

    (1) HOW TO PREPARE A PERFECT BATTER

    For making homemade idli batter: You need Specially idli rice. idli rice are steamed raw rice that looks little fat and half cooked and half raw kind of. Idli rice to lentil ratio is always 4:1 respectively.

    You can take any measuring container.

    I usualy prepare with tea cup measuring whole of 4 cups,  raw steamed rice (Idli rice 0- ) + 1 handful of raw rice (Paccharisi) and wash it thoroughly till the rice looks transparent.  This 2 tbsp of extra rice is for just incase if the batter has to adjust itself with the urad dal ratio from any minor error.

    Add 1 tbspn sago pearls sabudana to it. You will have to soak it for minimum 6 hrs to maximum 8 hrs for rice. Then you take 1 cup of urad dal black gram without skin ones and soak it for not more than 2 hrs.  add a pinch or two of fenugreek seeds to it.  adding fenugreek seeds gives you a nice fresh aroma to the batter.  also if soaked urad dal for longer hours then it may leave the batter with a very pungent acidic smell later.

    Now,

    1. Note that – do not wash urad dal, just directly soak it in water because we want that unwashed urad dal for better fermentation process. urad dal has an acidic agent that aids fermenting bacteria.

    2. If you soak it for more than 2 hours the batter after fermentation will start to give a very strong acidic smell which will be very unpleasant.

    Now in a mixer you beat urad dal first – transfer to a vessel and then you beat rice and transfer in the same vessel. The batter has to be thick meaning you need to add less water while churning in the mixer Add 1 tspn of salt and mix with hand for minimum 7 to 10 minutes. Grind it to a very fine paste.

    Cover and leave it on kitchen counter overnight. The other day morning you take a spatula just slightly cut and fold the batter, don’t you overmix it else you may end up loosing the fluffy idlis later. You can slightly add water if required to batter that is taken into a seperate container and not the entire batch.same batter you can use for making dosa by adjusting the consistency of batter to a free flowing consistency.

     

    (2) HOW TO STEAM THE IDLI

    These days every utensil market sellGrease idli pans with oil and in the idli cooker boil some water to a level where the water does not touch the idli plates. Place the pans filled with batter right after you see the water starts bubbling. then you let it steam for around 5-7 minutes on high flame.

    Things to note while steaming idli:

    1. Do not let it steam for longer time else the risen idlis will start turning harder.
    2. Take out pans , let the water run on the plates from behind so as to prevent the idlis from sticking on to plates.
    3. Let it sit for 30 seconds to 1 minute and now you remove idli from the plates and serve it hot with your desired side dish.

    You can store the batter for upto 4 days inside an airtight container in the fridge. Do not leave the batter for long time outside because it will continue to produce soury taste. so refrigerate it once you are done or take small portions in separate bowl as and when required.

    Just the smallest rules that you follow carefully and you can master the art of preparing best idli right from scratch.

    enjoy!!!!

    Watch The Idli Batter Making Video Here

    WANT TO KNOW AN EASY METHOD TO MAKE APPAM???

    You can also check out how to make easy appam batter without much fuss. No cooked rice, no poha, no yeast and no coconut required. A very must know recipe for all appam lovers.

    click this link to read detailed recipe on appam.

    here is a detailed video with english subtitles for your visual reference

    Other Recipe:

    Tamil Nadu Style Appam Recipe withut yeast/ Coconut

     

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    Steps

    1
    Done

    this is idli rice - steamed raw rice

    2
    Done

    take any measuring container of your choice. take a heapful amount and you have to maintain the same for urad dal quantity as well.

    3
    Done

    wash the rice thouroughly. remove the starch completely by washing 4-5 times.

    4
    Done

    adding one handfull of raw rice will help the batter balance the softness or hardness of idli

    5
    Done

    sago pearls adds fluffiness not only to batter but also to idli. its a key ingredient.

    6
    Done

    urad dal needs to be skin less and split into two

    7
    Done

    whatever the rice quantity you take should be the same for urad dal. else the batter will not be perfect

    8
    Done

    fenugreek seeds gives a subtle aroma to the fresh batter always.

    9
    Done

    soak with enough of water say four times of rice quantity. so that rice is completely softened

    10
    Done

    choose a vessel that is twice or thrice as high as the batter quantity so as to ensure they wont spill out while fermenting overnight.

    11
    Done

    place it in a warmer place of your kitchen and lifted from ground as well so they get equal temperature to rise.

    12
    Done

    do not overbeat the fermented batter ever. just use a spatula and cut and fold it right from the bottom once. the air inside the batter is what produces softest idli.

    13
    Done

    there two types of steaming one if you are using a plate with holes pour the batter directly and if you are using non hole idli pan then you can also put muslin cloth and pour the batter accordingly.

    14
    Done

    idli if overcooked beyond required time starts settling downward just as a cake would do. so count your minutes and work accordingly

    15
    Done

    place the idli pan only after you see steam rising out from the water. and strictly not before that because you count the minutes right from when you place the pan after the water starts steaming.

    16
    Done

    to whoever you want to serve , just steam it right before they are going to eat. it tastes much better this way.

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    Monisha Mani Chelladurai

    Try Once in your home.. One of the best south indian recipe.

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