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Soft Idlis with rice flour
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Soaking time: 4-6 hours Fermentation time: 8-10 hours
Servings: 50 idlis
Author: Teena Agnel
  • 1 cup Urad daal
  • 1 tablespoon methi/fenugreek seeds
  • 1/4 cup cooked rice
  • 3 cups rice flour
  • 4 cups water for grinding and adding
  • Salt to taste add this once the batter ferments
  • CHUTNEY: Good for about 30 idlis
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 bunch coriander/cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 2 green chilies
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup water or more for grinding
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • For seasoning:
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 2-3 dried red chilies
  1. Soak the urad daal + methi seeds/fenugreek seeds in water for about 4-6 hours.

  2. Once soaked, drain the daal well (do not rinse with additional water). Add the urad daal along with the methi seeds and cooked rice in a food processor or mixer jar and grind by adding little water at a time as needed. (I used 1 and 1/4 cup water for grinding).
  3. Pour this into a mixing bowl and add the rice flour. Add remaining water and mix well with your hands or a whisk. Remember to use a bowl that will have 3/4th space as the batter will ferment and can overflow.

  4. Cover the bowl and place it in a warm place, like a turned-off oven or microwave to ferment for about 8-10 hours.

  5. Add salt to the batter, mix well and pour the batter into idli molds and steam it on medium-high for 15 minutes.

  7. Add coconut + coriander leaves + walnuts + chilies + garlic to a jar of mixer or food processor. Add little water as needed and grind it to a fine mixture. Pour into a serving bowl, add salt and adjust the salt as needed.

  8. Add oil in a pan and place on medium-high heat. Add mustard seeds. Once it crackles, add curry leaves and red chilies. Toss it or mix it and pour it over the chutney.

Recipe Notes

If in a hurry, you can soak the urad daal in warm water and grind it within an hour or two.

Its ideal to soak daal in the morning and grind in the evening so that batter is ready by morning or else soak daal in the evening and grind in the morning so that batter is ready by evening.