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

instant idli mix recipe is a homemade instant idli mix made with rice flour, urad dal and poha (flattened rice).
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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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