Instant Idli Recipe | Instant Idli Mix

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Instant Idli made with homemade Idli Mix that is made with rice flour, urad dal and poha (flattened rice). The idli made with these instant idli mix are soft, fluffy and goes very well with coconut chutney or sambar. Here I share both the recipes and methods of making the Instant Idli Flour Mix and also the making of Instant Idli with this idli flour mix.

instant idli mix recipe

About Instant Idli Mix

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 idli are way better.

But since I had got the recipe requests, I did prepare the 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 flour. After preparing you can store in an air-tight jar. You can only make 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.

For making the traditional, fermented idli and dosa recipes , I have already shared detailed methods to make the batters with plenty of troubleshooting tips.

  1. Idli Recipe and Soft Idli Batter
  2. Dosa Recipe and 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 (or sour yogurt) for preparing the idlis. With sour curd, there is a hint of sourness in the idlis. You can also use Buttermilk.

As mentioned above, I am sharing the instant idli mix flour recipe as well making Instant Idli. Below you can see the soft and fluffy texture of the Instant Idli made with the homemade idli flour mix.

instant idli on a plate with beetroot chutney in a small bowl.
Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Instant Idli Mix Flour

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

flour for instant idli mix recipe

2. Heat a pan on a low to medium flame. Then lower the heat, 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 heat 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 heat. Switch off the heat 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 fine sieve 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.

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14. With a dry and clean 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 idli when required.

instant idli mix

Storage

Store in a cool and dry place in your kitchen. You can opt to refrigerate or freeze the flour also.

When removing the idli flour, always use a clean dry spoon or a clean dry cup. If water or moisture seeps into the flour, it will get spoiled.

About Instant Idli Recipe

This instant idli recipe is a follow up on the homemade instant idli mix flour recipe that I have shared above. Since this a quick version, the idli has to be leavened by using a leavening agent and a sour ingredient.

For the leavening batter two ingredients are used:

  1. An acidic ingredient – sour curd is the acidic ingredient which is used in the recipe and it works best.
  2. A leavening agent – fruit salt (eno) is the leavening agent used. I would not suggest to use baking soda, as then you get soapy aroma in the idlis.

The recipe works very well and within 15 minutes you will have steaming hot idlis and that too instant. All you need is this homemade instant idli flour.

So you can prepare the idli flour and keep it stored at room temperature. The idli flour mix stays good for months.

The instant recipe makes use of 1 cup of this homemade instant idli mix flour only. 1 cup of flour yields 9 to 10 idli. But if you want you can even use 2 cups of idli mix flour.

The recipe yields really good soft and fluffy idlis. For an instant idli recipe, the texture of these idlis is too good. 

The taste is not typically sour like the regular fermented idli, but these idlis are a better option for an instant recipe.

instant soft idli recipe

Tips To Remember

  • Since we are only using fruit salt (eno) as the leavening agent, its best to check whether its fresh and active. If the eno is not fresh or active or past its shelf life, then the idlis will become dense. To check the freshness, just add about ¼ teaspoon fruit salt in 1 to 2 tablespoons of water and it should fizz and bubble. If it does not then the fruit salt is not active.
  • The ratio of sour curd and water can always be played around with. For a more sour taste, you can even add ½ cup of sour curd and reduce the water accordingly.
  • Also do note that these idlis cook faster than the idlis made with ground & fermented batter. So do keep a check while they are steaming.

Serve these soft, light and fluffy instant idlis with any coconut chutney or sambar. You can even make mini idlis from this idli mix. I served idlis with beetroot chutney.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Instant Idli

1. Before proceeding, grease the idli plates very well with a neutral flavored oil (or ghee).

Also heat 2 to 2.5 cups water in a pot, idli steamer, a 5 litre pressure cooker or an electric cooker.

idli plate for instant idli recipe

2. In a mixing bowl or pan take 1 cup of the homemade idli mix flour made from the recipe shared above.

idli mix to make instant idli recipe

3. Add ¼ cup of sour curd or sour tasting yogurt.

curd to make instant idli recipe

4. Add water in parts at a time. So first you can add about ⅓ to ½ cup water.

water to make instant idli recipe

5. Then begin to mix with a wired whisk. A wired whisk works best as it helps to dissolve the lumps in the batter.

making instant idli recipe

6. Add more water and continue to mix. Overall you can add a total of about ⅔ to ¾ cup of water.

making instant idli recipe

7. Mix very well. You can briskly whisk this mixture for a minute to aerate it a bit.

preparing instant idli recipe

8. You need to get a batter which is thick yet flowing, almost like an idli batter.

The water proportion is very important. If the water is less, the idli can end up having a dense or rough texture. If its too much and in this case the batter will become thin, the idlis will fall flat and become too soft.

batter for instant idli recipe

9. Now take ½ teaspoon eno or fruit salt.

batter for instant idli recipe

10. Sprinkle the fruit salt all over the batter.

batter for instant idli recipe

11. As soon as you add eno, mix very well and be quick. Do mix the eno very well with the batter. Otherwise you will have a faint green color on the idlis as well as uneven texture in them.

making soft instant idli recipe

12. Now pour the batter in the greased idli moulds.

making soft instant idli recipe

13. Place the idli stand in the pressure cooker or idli steamer or an electric cooker. When you place the idli stand in the steamer, the water will be hot. So place it carefully.

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14. Cover pan or idli steamer with its lid. Steam on medium to medium-high heat for 10 to 12 minutes or till the idli are done and a tooth pick or fork inserted in them, comes out clean.

If you have used a stovetop 5 litre pressure cooker, remove the vent weight/whistle from the lid. Place the idli stand carefully in the cooker as the water will be hot. Then seal the lid (without the vent weight/whistle) tightly on to the cooker and steam the idlis on medium to medium-high heat for 10 to 12 minutes.

These instant idlis cook faster. So do keep a check. Do not overcook as then they will become hard.

instant idli recipe

15. Once done, carefully remove the stand contained the steamed idlis. Let the idli to sit for a few minutes at room temperature..

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16. Then with a butter knife or a spoon gently remove the idlis from the mould.

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17. Place them in a casserole.

soft instant idlis

18. Serve Instant Idli hot or warm with your favorite coconut chutney and sambar.

instant idli

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instant idli on a white plate with a white bowl of beetroot chutney

Instant Idli Recipe | Instant Idli Mix

Instant Idli made with homemade Idli Mix that is made with rice flour, urad dal and poha (flattened rice). The idli made with these instant idli mix are soft, fluffy and goes very well with coconut chutney or sambar. Here I share both the recipes and methods of making the Instant Idli Flour Mix and also the making of Instant Idli with this idli flour mix.
5 from 17 votes
Prep Time 18 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine South Indian
Course Breakfast
Diet Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 480 grams
Units

Ingredients

For Instant Idli Mix Flour

  • 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

For Instant Idli (Makes for 9 to 10 Idli)

  • 1 cup idli mix flour – made from the above recipe
  • ⅔ to ¾ cup water or as needed, to make a thick flowing batter
  • ¼ cup Curd – sour tasting or sour yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon eno or fruit salt

Instructions
 

Making 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 heat for about 2 minutes, stirring often. Urad dal is roasted just to get rid of some moisture from them.
  • Then add the thick poha or thick flattened rice.
  • Mix very well and roast for a minute on low heat. 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 fine seive 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 thoroughly.
  • The idli mix flour is ready to be bottled. With a dry and clean spoon, add the idli mix flour in a jar. Seal tightly with a lid. Use the idli mix flour when required.

Storage

  • Store in a cool and dry place in your kitchen. You can also choose to refrigerate or freeze the ildi flour.
  • When removing the idli flour, always use a clean dry spoon or a clean dry cup. If water or moisture seeps into the flour, it will get spoiled.

Making instant idli

  • First grease the idli plates very well with oil. Also heat 2 to 2.5 cups water in a pot, idli steamer, 5 litre pressure cooker or an electric cooker.
  • In a mixing bowl take the prepared idli mix flour and sour curd.
  • Add water in parts. So you can add ⅓ to ½ cup water first.
  • Then begin to mix with a wired whisk. A wired whisk works best as it helps to dissolve the lumps in the batter.
  • Add more water and continue to mix. Overall you can add ⅔ to ¾ cup of water. Mix very well. You can briskly whisk this mixture for a minute to aerate it a bit.
  • Remember to use a wired whisk to make a smooth lump free batter.
  • You need to get a batter which is thick yet flowing, almost like an idli batter.
  • Sprinkle the fruit salt or eno all over the batter evenly. As soon as you add eno, mix very well and be quick.
  • Do mix the eno very well with the batter. Otherwise you will have a faint green color on the idlis as well as uneven texture in them.
  • Pour the batter in the prepared idli moulds. Carefully place the idli stand in the pot or idli steamer or 5 litre pressure cooker or an electric cooker.
    When you place the idli stand in the pot or steamer, the water will be hot. So place it carefully.
  • Cover with the lid of the pot or the Idli steamer. Steam the idlis for 10 to 12 minutes or till they are done and a tooth pick or fork inserted in the idlis, comes out clean.
  • Note: If you have used a stovetop 5 litre pressure cooker, remove the vent weight/whistle from the lid.
    Place the idli stand carefully in the cooker as the water will be hot. Then seal the lid (without the vent weight/whistle) tightly on to the cooker and steam the idlis on medium to medium-high heat for 10 to 12 minutes.
  • These idlis cook faster. So do keep a check. Do not overcook as then they will become hard.
  • Once done, remove them and allow to sit for a few minutes.Then with a butter knife gently remove the idlis from the mould.
  • Place them in a casserole. Serve instant idli hot or warm with your preferred coconut chutney and sambar.

Notes

  1. Since we are only using eno or fruit salt as the leavening agent, its best to check whether its fresh and active. If the eno is not fresh or active or past its shelf life, then the idlis will become dense.
  2. Avoid using baking soda as it gives a soapy aroma in the idlis.
  3. To check freshness, add about ¼ teaspoon fruit salt in 1 to 2 tablespoons of water and it should fizz and bubble. If it does not then the fruit salt is not active.
  4. The ratio of sour curd and water can always be played around with. For a more sour taste, you can even add ½ cup of sour curd and reduce the water accordingly.
  5. Also do note that these idlis cook faster than the ground & fermented idlis. So do keep a check while they are steaming.
  6. Make sure all your ingredients for the idli flour are fresh and within their shelf-life. 
  7. Both the recipes for the Idli Mix Flour and the Instant Idli can be scaled according to your needs. 
  8. Note that the approximate nutrition info is for the entire amount of homemade idli mix flour made from this recipe.

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Instant Idli Recipe | Instant Idli Mix
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1537 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 1170mg51%
Potassium 240mg7%
Carbohydrates 316g105%
Fiber 32g133%
Sugar 0.4g0%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 6IU0%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 0.5mg33%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.1mg6%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 8mg40%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Vitamin E 0.3mg2%
Calcium 106mg11%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 39µg10%
Iron 11mg61%
Magnesium 109mg27%
Phosphorus 309mg31%
Zinc 3mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  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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