Instant Homemade Idli Mix Flour

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Instant Homemade Idli Mix Flour recipe made with rice flour, urad dal and poha (flattened rice). The idlis made with these instant idli mix are soft, fluffy and goes very well with coconut chutney or sambar.

instant idli mix recipe

I had some recipe requests for sharing homemade instant idli mix flour as well as instant dosa mix. Generally, I do not prepare instant idli as I feel fermented idlis are better. But since I had got the recipe requests, I did prepare instant idli flour twice . The flaws which were there in the flour first time, were covered when I tried the second time. So now sharing a foolproof method of preparing homemade instant idli mix flour.

This recipe roughly gives 480 grams of instant idli mix flour. After preparing you can store in an air-tight jar. You can only prepare idlis with this mixed flour. The dosa made from this idli mix flour was soft but not very crisp and at times were sticking to the pan. I have developed a separate recipe for instant dosa mix flour. You can also check this Instant dosa and Instant idli with poha.

For making fermented idli and dosa , I have already shared the method to make the batters.

  1. How to make Idli and Idli Batter
  2. Dosa Batter

The texture of these instant idlis is like the fermented ones. But the taste is not like the fermented idlis. Though idli made from an instant idli mix flour are a savior on busy days. Do use sour curd for preparing the idlis. With sour curd, there is a hint of sourness in the idlis. You can also use buttermilk.

In this recipe post, I am only sharing the instant idli mix flour recipe. You can check Instant idli recipe here. But I have mentioned both in the recipe card & in the step by step pics on how to prepare idlis with the instant mix flour.

How to make Instant Homemade Idli Mix Flour

1. Take all the three main ingredients before you proceed – 2 cups rice flour, ½ cup urad dal and ½ cup thick poha.

flour for instant idli mix recipe

2. Heat a pan on a low to medium flame. Then lower the flame, add the urad dal. I have used organic unpolished urad dal. If using regular urad dal from the market, then rinse it a couple of times. The spread the lentils on a plate or tray and let them dry naturally or in the sun. If keeping in the sun for a few hours, then you don’t need to roast urad dal.

urad dal for instant idli mix recipe

3. Roast urad dal on a low flame for about 2 minutes, stirring often. Urad dal is roasted just to get rid of some moisture from them.

urad dal for instant idli mix recipe

4. Then add the poha.

poha for making instant idli mix recipe

5. Mix very well and roast for a minute on low flame. Switch off the flame and immediately remove the pan from the stovetop and let this mixture cool down. You can also cool this mixture on a separate plate.

preparing instant idli mix recipe

6. Then add everything in a grinder jar.

preparing instant idli mix recipe

7. Grind to a fine powder.

making instant idli mix recipe

8. Keep a large plate or tray or pan and place a sieve on it. Take the ground flour in the sieve (channi) and sift it.

making instant idli mix recipe

9. Some urad dal grits will be there. You can add them to your dals or discard.

making instant idli mix recipe

10. The below picture is of the sifted urad dal and poha flour.

method to make instant idli mix recipe

11. Add 2 cups of rice flour and ½ teaspoon salt. I have used fine rice flour. You can also use slightly coarse rice flour. Even puttu flour can be used. Both white as well as red rice flour can be used.

method to make instant idli mix recipe

12. Mix very well.

method to make instant idli mix recipe

13. The idli mix flour is ready to be bottled.

instant idli mix recipe

14. With a spoon, add the idli mix flour in a jar. Seal tightly with a lid. Use the homemade idli mix flour to make soft and fluffy idlis when required.

instant idli mix

15. To prepare the idli from 1 cup of idli mix flour, use the following proportions:

  • 1 cup of homemade idli mix flour
  • ⅔ to ¾ cup water to make a thick flowing batter
  • ¼ cup sour curd/dahi/yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon fruit salt or eno
First mix idli mix flour, water and sour curd very well. Make a smooth lump free batter. Then add ½ teaspoon fruit salt or eno. Again mix very well. Then pour in idli pan and steam the idlis for 10 to 12 minutes. Avoid using baking soda as it gives a soapy aroma in the idlis.
soft instant idlis

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Instant Homemade Idli Mix Flour

5 from 14 votes
Instant homemade idli mix flour recipe made with rice flour, urad dal and poha (flattened rice).
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins

Cuisine South Indian
Course: Breakfast
Diet: Vegetarian
Difficulty Level: Easy

Servings 480 grams
Units

Ingredients

  • 300 grams rice flour or 2 cups rice flour
  • 125 grams urad dal or ½ cup urad dal (husked whole black gram)
  • 45 grams thick poha or ½ cup thick poha (flattened rice)
  • ½ teaspoon salt or add as per taste

Instructions

preparing instant idli mix flour

  • Take all the three main ingredients before you proceed - 2 cups rice flour, ½ cup urad dal and ½ cup thick poha.
  • Heat a pan on a low to medium flame. Then lower the flame, add the urad dal.
  • Roast urad dal on a low flame for about 2 minutes, stirring often. Urad dal is roasted just to get rid of some moisture from them.
  • Then add the poha.
  • Mix very well and roast for a minute on low flame. Remove the pan from the stove top and let this mixture cool down.
  • Then add everything in a grinder jar. Grind to a fine powder.
  • Keep a large plate or tray or pan and place a sieve on it. Take the ground flour in the seive (channi) and sift it.
  • Some urad dal grits will be there. You can add them to your dals or discard.
  • Add rice flour and salt. Mix very well.
  • The idli mix flour is ready to be bottled. With a spoon, add the idli mix flour in a jar. Seal tightly with a lid. Use the idli mix flour when required.

to prepare instant idli

  • Take 1 cup of idli mix flour
  • ⅔ to ¾ cup water to make a thick flowing batter
  • ¼ cup sour curd/dahi/yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon fruit salt or eno
  • First mix idli mix flour, water and sour curd very well. Use a wired whisk to make a smooth lump free batter. Then add ½ teaspoon fruit salt or eno. Again mix very well. Then pour in a greased idli pan and steam the idlis for 10 to 12 minutes. Avoid using baking soda as it gives a soapy aroma in the idlis.

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71 Comments

  1. Hi,

    My son is lactose intolerant. so, can I use vegan curd instead of normal cure to make idli?

    Thanks

    1. Yes, you can. I have used vegan curd like cashew curd and almond curd as a substitute in many Indian recipes and they work well.

  2. Hi,
    I have prepared flour but regular fruit salt is not available anywhere, not even flavourless eno. What can be substitute for eno? And how much?

    1. You can add baking soda instead. About 2 pinches should be fine as about ¼ teaspoon will give a soapy aroma.

    2. Life saver, time saver. And since we do not ferment it less sour. But it didn’t turn out as fluffy as fermented ones. For any veg reciepies i have stopped checking for multiple sites, i simply come to this website and my work is done. Thank you for your easy receipies

      1. Yes it will be less sour than the fermented version. The fermented idli will be more fluffy compared to the instant one. Thank for the lovely feedback. Most welcome.

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