How to get SOFT IDLIS | How to prepare idli/dosa batter at Home | South Indian Breakfast Batter Preparation( with a small video)

I want to share some kitchen basic which I follow.Each one follow thier own way to prepare the idli batter.Some add poha/methi seeds,sago(javarisi),etc while grinding.But i don't add anything such like it while grinding then too i get soft idlis.check it out.


  • Urad dal/Ullanthu-1 cup
  • par boiled rice/idli rice- 4 cups
  • salt


1.Clean rice and dal well and soak it separately in enough water for 2- 3 hrs(minimum 2hrs).After soaking well the dal would have doubled in size.

2.Clean the grinder and first add urad dal to it and grind add water little by little and scrap the side of the grinder.The batter will come fluffy,grind till that.

Here is just a small video of when to add the rice to the urad dal batter.

3.when the dal is ground add the soaked rice to it and grind d to fine paste by adding some water.Scrap the sides and grind well.( see note for another method)

4.When done transfer the batter to a vessel.add salt to it ,mix allow it to ferment for minimum 8 hrs or overnight.(Since the dough may rise and spill out i generally transfer it to two vessels.

5.When fermented grease your idli plate ,pour the batter and steam it.(Small tip)first let the water in the idli vessel boil then pour and steam your idlis same as u preheat the oven and bake.this way the idli texture will be soft.{ the batter should not be too thick nor too thin,it must be in dropping consistency similar to that of cake batter}.

Serve with your favorite chutney or sambar


1.when the urad dal is grounded well you can transfer it to a vessel and grind rice separately,add to it, mix and allow to ferment. BUT while doing so MIXING is very important else rice batter will settle down and urad dal batter will be in top. 

This way when u make idli first with the top batter it will be soft and as the batter empties u will have little hard idlis.TO avoid it I add rice to the urad dal and mix well in the grinder itself and got my mixing done while grinding itself. By doing so u will get soft idli till the last batter.
Try and see.


  1. thank u so much for this informative post... i'm hunting for a compact mini grinder that i can use here... my kids love idlis and i would love to include it into my weekly schedule but grinding in a normal mixer is absolutely irritating.. the idlis do look really soft...

  2. Wow! idly looks very soft. Perfectly made.

  3. Very soft and lovely idlis dear, nice video

  4. Really soft idlis. This is a good post.
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Idli looks soft.Thanks for sharing those tips !

  6. Hi Babitha, thanks for linking entries to my event. Am your new follower too :) Love those soft, fluffy idlys

  7. Idli,,I can survive on this with milagai thuvaiyal . ...yummm...very nostalgic feeling!!


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