instant idli mix recipe, homemade instant idli mix recipe for soft fluffy idlis

instant idli mix recipe with step by step photos – homemade instant idli mix 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 instant idli mix 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 idlis first time, were covered when i tried the second time. so now sharing a fool proof method of preparing instant idli flour.

this recipe roughly gives 480 grams of instant idli mix. after preparing you can store in an air-tight jar. you can only prepare idlis with this mix. the dosa made from this idli mix were soft but not very crisp and at times were sticking to the pan. i have developed a separate recipe for instant dosa mix. you can also check this instant dosa and instant idli recipe 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. idli dosa batter in a mixie

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 are a savior on busy days. also 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 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.

if you are looking for more similar recipes then do check:

instant idli mix

Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:15 minutes
Total Time:15 minutes
Course:breakfasts
Cuisine:south indian
Servings (change the number to scale):480 grams
4.88 from 8 votes
instant idli mix recipe is a homemade instant idli mix made with rice flour, urad dal and poha (flattened rice).

INGREDIENTS FOR instant idli mix

(1 CUP = 250 ML)
  • 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

HOW TO MAKE instant idli mix

preparing instant idli mix flour

  • take all the three main ingredients before you proceed - 2 cups rice flour, 1/2 cup urad dal and 1/2 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 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 when required.

to prepare instant idli

  • take 1 cup of idli mix
  • 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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how to make instant idli mix recipe

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 stove top 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 seive (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 rice flour and ½ teaspoon salt. i have used fine rice flour. you can also use a 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 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 idli mix to make soft and fluffy idlis when required.

instant idli mix

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

  • 1 cup of idli mix
  • 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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namaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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63 comments/reviews

  1. Just a query – it is mentioned that 1 cup = 250 gms. And in the recipe it states 300 gms rice flour or 2 cups should it be 500 gms?

    • 1 cup of rice flour weighs 150 grams in a weighing machine when weighed separately. so 2 cups of rice flour is 300 grams. the volume for 1 cup is measured in litres and not in grams. it is 250 ml and not 250 grams. 2 cups of any liquid like water or oil will weigh 500 ml but not dry or solid ingredients. i give both cup and weight measurement as some readers have weighing machines and some have measuring cups. hope this helps.

  2. What is the purpose of adding poha if we are already using rice flour?
    How will it change the consistency of the idli if I skip it?

  3. These idlis are ideally suitable for making idli upma. When you are in a hurry prepare and store them in fridge overnight and next day make a delicious upma from it. Children just love it when used with a littile ghee for tadka.

    • dry roasting reduces moisture from the urad dal and poha. so the shelf life increases. moreover roasted urad dal will grind faster. but you can skip roasting if you prefer.

  4. Hi Dasanna,

    I tried this recipe today. Idlis tasted great and I did not have to add eno 😊. I made the powder last night and let the batter ferment overnight with curds and water. I had to add more water than what was recommended in the recipe.

    Thank you so much for this recipe. Really appreciate it and all the other east handy recipes that you publish 😊🙏🏼.

    The only thing I noticed was that the idlis were not fluffy, they seemed more flat. Any suggestions on how to get them to be fluffy?

    • thank you sudha for this detailed comment. if there is more water in the batter, then the idlis will become flat. even with fermented idli batter made by grinding rice and urad dal, more water or thin batter makes the idli flat. next time you can add less water than what you added this time. the batter consistency can be like a proper idli batter or having a medium-thick consistency. in recipes like these one to two pinches of eno or baking soda (even if the batter is fermented) helps in making softer and fluffier idlis.

  5. Hi , I would like to know if I can use dry rice flour and dry urad Dal flour soak them separately for maybe 2 hrs and mix , leave overnight to ferment and use. Will this work. Please advise. Thanks

    • you can use the dry flours. you can soak them together overnight. you don’t need to soak them separately for 2 hours. since here urad dal is not ground, it won’t ferment like the regular idli batter. so you will need to add a bit of baking soda. so you can add 1/4th to 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. mix very well and then steam idlis. you can also add some curd or buttermilk in the flours and keep them to ferment overnight.

  6. Very nice recepie , if we add coconut water to the batter ,works as eno , good fermentation happens & the idlis turn super soft

    • rice is not used in the recipe. i have used rice flour. if using urad dal which is polished and not organic, then do rinse it. then spread the lentils on a plate or tray and let them dry naturally. if you plan to use rice, then do the same with rice.

  7. Hi…love d recipe that u post… Whenever I think of cooking just browse for d recepies under vegrecepies of India…and der u have a detailed and well photographed recipe…
    Gud work and looking forward for more interesting recipes…. Thank u sooo very much

    • avoid eno for kids of 2 years or below. you can ferment the batter with the idli mix and then make the idlis the next day. also you can add some curd and ferment for 4 to 5 hours or more. i have done this with instant dosa batter and the taste is good.

    • eno or fruit salt is compulsory. otherwise the idli will not become soft. you can add baking soda, but with soda there will be the soda aroma in the idlis.

  8. Hi, I have urad daal atta, can I use that instead of urad daal? If so what will be the quantity required?

    • it can easily stay good for 6 months, if you have used rice flour, urad dal and poha which have the current packaging date. no need to keep in the fridge. keep in a cool dry place in your kitchen.

    • three things – either the eno was not active & fresh or the water not enough or the idlis were steamed too much. since you say its like rubber, the eno must have not been fresh. whenever you make recipes where only eno or baking soda is used for leavening, then always check the freshness. just add eno in some water and see if it fizzes & bubbles. if it does not, that means the eno or fruit salt is not active. too less water can also result in dense texture. hope this helps you harshya.

      i will be adding the idli recipe made with this idli mix and another version of instant idlis made with poha. in the pics, then you can check the consistency of the batter to get an idea, how it should be.

  9. Hi I tried it today my idly came out wel but it s elastic n I had to add more water to batter more tan yu specified to bring to it consistency .can tel me y it s elastic

  10. Hi. Will try this recipe.. wanted this recipe since long. Thanks for sharing. But, I have one query..
    Should we wash the udad dal before roasting? Since, the dal we buy comes with pesticide powder on it..
    Also, how many idlis are made from 1 cup of this instant mix?

    • i have used organic urad dal in this recipe. so i did not rinse it. you can rinse the urad dal first and then spread it on a plate and let it dry. then roast it. or instead of roasting, sun dry for 30 minutes, till the dal is very well dried up. from 1 cup, you will get 8 to 9 idlis.