Idli Recipe, How to Make Idli Recipe, How to Make Soft Idli Recipe

idli recipeIdli Recipe is one of the simple breakfast recipes which can be made in minutes. Making soft and spongy idli can be done in two ways either by adding ravva or rice.

It is one of the staple proteins packed breakfast in South India. As it’s cooked on steam, its caloric values don’t get burnt.

If you are thinking how to make Soft Idli Recipes then there are few points one should be taken care. Urad dal must be insect free and new, make use of rock salt or non-iodized salt and maintain warm temperature for better fermentation.

You may also like other snack recipes like Cabbage Vada, Ulundu Vadai, Adai Recpie, Masala Dosa and Samosa.



Urad dal (Minapappu) – ½ cup

Idli ravva/ rice – 1 cup

Rock salt/ non-iodised salt – required amount

Water – required amount

Poha – 2 tbsp (optional)

Oil – to grease idli plates

Preparation of Idli recipe:


  • Wash urad dal and soak for at least 6 hours.
  • If using whole urad dal you need to clean well until its skin gets peeled off.
  • If you are using poha then add them to urad dal and soak them along with it.
  • Clean idli ravva so that there are no insects. Soak ravva separately.
  • Drain excess water from dal and poha, transfer to a grinding jar. Add rock salt (optional, you can even add during fermenting).
  • While grinding add little water occasionally.

Tip: Add little dal as per your jar and make sure the batter doesn’t get hot while grinding, as it makes idli hard.

  • Make sure the batter is not runny, it should be a bit thick.
  • Transfer to another vessel.
  • Remove excess water from ravva by squeezing with two hands.
  • Mix ravva and batter in a single vessel and mix well with your hands.
  • Keep aside in a warm place for 6-12 hours so that batter gets fermented and get Soft and  Spongy Idli Recipe.

Tip: I prefer whole night if its winter ill cover the vessel with the bigger vessel to maintain warm condition while fermenting.

Tip: If you feel the batter is thick you can add a little water. Also, few people add salt while fermenting rather while grinding.

  • Grease idli plates/molds and pour batter into it.
  • Pour water in a steamer and place this molds.

Tip: Don’t put extra batter into the mold, it may get spilled.

  • Cook on medium high flame for 10 minutes. Off the flame and leave it for a minute or two so that it gets cooked over steam.
  • Serve sponge smooth idli recipe with sambar or coconut chutney.

Rambabu Uppada

I am Rambabu Uppada, founder of Indian Recipe Info. I am fond of food, I thought of sharing my cooking experience with you all. I designed each recipe in such a way that you can simply follow my steps and prepare restaurant rich recipes at your home.

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