How to Prepare Soft Idli | Soft Idli | Soft idli Recipe


how to prepare soft idli

If you know how to prepare soft idli, you can add it to your list of healthy breakfast dishes. In fact this food can be eaten at any time, if it is hot. The reasons include: Idlis are almost free from oil, they are steam-cooked and are easily digestible.

In the soft idli recipe, some of the main ingredients are urad-whole, urad dal, idli rice or Salem rice, raw rice, and thick aval.


A key thing you have to give extra attention on how to prepare soft idli is you have to plan at least a day before to make this dish. This is because you have to allow the ground mixture to ferment for 8-10 hours.

The quality of the batter and how well it has fermented are some of the keys that decides the softness and taste of idlis.

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On cold days and in Winter, the batter may not ferment properly or ferment at all. To overcome this issue, drape the utensil with the ground mixture with one or more cotton or woolen cloth and keep the utensil in a warm place.

What are some of the top side dishes for soft idlis? Sambar and coconut chutney have been and are excellent choices to relish this steam-cooked food.

sambar recipe for idliIdli Sambar

For a healthier choice, use curry leaves chutney or tomato chutney, for example, instead of coconut chutney.

Hot idlis and piping hot sambar and a chutney would be sheer music to the taste buds. Do not forget to add a teaspoon of ghee or a small dollop of butter to the soft idlis for an unforgettable eating experience.










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Quantity:
About 25-30 idlis

Ingredients:

1. Urad-whole / uddina kaalu, without skin, 1/4 cup

OR

Urad dal / black gram / uluthamparuppu / minapappu / uddina bele, without skin, 1/4 cup
2. Idli rice / Salem rice 3/4 cup
3. Raw rice, for example sona masoori, 1/2 cup
4. Thick aval / avalakki / beaten rice 1/2 cup
5. Sabudana / seeme akki / sago / sabakki / saggubiyyam 1/8 cup
6. Cooking soda / sodium-bi-carbonate, few pinches
7. Salt to taste
8. Oil few drops

How to make Soft Idli?


how to prepare soft idli

1. The steps below to prepare the idli batter are given in a concise way. For a detailed explanation, refer to :

Idli batter in mixie

Wash urad-whole and sabudana together.

Soak urad-whole and sabudana in water.

Keep aside for 6-7 hours.

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2. Wash idli rice, raw rice and thick aval together.

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To prepare white idlis, squeeze the rice and aval mixture in water and drain it. Repeat this process 3-4 times. 

Soak all the rice and thick aval together in water.

Keep aside for 6-7 hours.

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3. Grind urad and sabudana mixture into a smooth, fluffy paste.

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Transfer the paste to a utensil.

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4. Grind the rice and aval mixture to a paste of fine-rava consistency.

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Do not use more water than necessary for grinding. Because if the mixture becomes too thin, it will not ferment properly.

Transfer the paste to the utensil containing the urad paste.

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5. Mix thoroughly.

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Cover and keep the utensil in a warm place, to let the mixture ferment, for about 8-10 hours.

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6. Remove the plate after 8-10 hours. If the mixture has rised, then the mixture is fermented.

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7. Mix the mixture thoroughly.

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Transfer the required quantity to another utensil.

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8. Add salt to the mixture.

Add a pinch or more of soda to the ladle, depending on the quantity.

Mix with a spoon.

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Add to the mixture.

Mix.

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Soft idli batter is ready.
9. Add about 2-and-1/2 cup of water to an idli cooker and heat.

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10. Coat each idli mould with a drop of oil.

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11. Pour the batter into each idli mould.

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12. Set flame to high.

If the water is boiling in the cooker, place the idli stand in it.

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Cover the lid.

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When the cooker starts to whistle:

- Cook for about 8 minutes on a high flame.

- Cook for about 4 minutes on medium flame.
13. Turn the flame to low.

Remove the lid.

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Touch the idli with a wet finger.

If the idli does not stick to your finger, then the idli is cooked. Otherwise, cook for few more minutes.

Cover the lid again.

Switch-off the stove.

Let the cooker stand for a few minutes.
14. Remove the stand from the cooker.

Keep aside for a few minutes.

Remove the idlis using a spoon dipped in water.

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15. Soft idli is ready.

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TIPS How to Prepare Soft Idli
1. If you are using a grinder or tilter for grinding, then use 1 cup of idli rice.
2. Make sure the water is boiling when you place the idli stand in the cooker.