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instant idli recipe
instant idli recipe - quick and instant recipe of idli with homemade instant mix. no fermentation required.
4.5 from 4 votes
total time:
17minutes

instant idli recipe with step by step photos – quick and instant recipe of preparing soft idlis. no fermentation required.

instant idli recipe

this instant idli recipe is a follow up on the instant idli mix recipe that i had posted a few days back. here i have used homemade instant idli mix flour and prepared the idlis.

in this post i have mentioned both the recipes for the idli mix and preparing idlis. though for a detailed recipe with step by step on the homemade idli mix flour, you can check this post – instant idli mix.

the idli recipe posted here uses 1 cup of instant idli mix flour. 1 cup of flour yields 9 to 10 idlis. but if you want you can even use 2 cups of idli mix.

for the leavening 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 the instant idli mix. so you can prepare the idli mix and keep it stored at room temperature. the idli mix stays good for months. you can also have a look at these instant recipes:

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 fermented idlis, but these idlis are a better option for an instant recipe.

instant soft idli recipe

a few suggestions:

  • 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. 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.

if you are looking for more idli recipes then do check oats idli, ragi idli, rava idli, poha idli and idli recipe using idli rava.

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instant idli recipe
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instant idli recipe

instant idli recipe - quick and instant recipe of idli with homemade instant mix. no fermentation required.
course breakfasts
cuisine south indian
prep time 5 minutes
cook time 12 minutes
total time 17 minutes
servings 3
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for making instant idli mix flour:

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

for making instant idlis:

  • 1 cup of idli mix
  • ⅔ to ¾ cup water to make a thick flowing batter
  • ¼ cup sour curd (khatta dahi or sour yogurt)
  • ½ teaspoon fruit salt or eno

how to make instant idli recipe

making instant 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.
  2. heat a pan on a low to medium flame. then lower the flame, add the urad dal.
  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.
  4. then add the poha.
  5. mix very well and roast for a minute on low flame. remove the pan from the stove top and let this mixture cool down.
  6. then add everything in a grinder jar. grind to a fine powder.
  7. 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.
  8. some urad dal grits will be there. you can add them to your dals or discard.
  9. add rice flour and salt. mix very well.
  10. 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.

making instant idlis from the flour:

  1. before proceeding, grease the idli plates very well with oil. also heat 2 to 2.5 cups water in a 5 litre pressure cooker or idli steamer or an electric cooker.
  2. in a mixing bowl or pan take 1 cup of instant idli mix.
  3. add 1/4 cup of sour curd.
  4. add water in parts. so you can add 1/3 to 1/2 cup water first.
  5. then begin to mix with a wired whisk. a wired whisk works best as it helps to dissolve the lumps in the batter.
  6. add more water and continue to mix. overall you can add 2/3 to 3/4 cup of water.
  7. mix very well. you can briskly whisk this mixture for a minute to aerate it a bit.
  8. you need to get a batter which is thick yet flowing, almost like an idli batter.
  9. now take 1/2 teaspoon eno or fruit salt.
  10. sprinkle the fruit salt all over the batter.
  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.

steaming idlis:

  1. now pour the batter in the idli moulds. place the idli stand in a 5 litre pressure cooker or idli steamer or an electric cooker.
  2. 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. these idlis cook faster. so do keep a check. do not overcook as then they will become hard.
  3. once done, remove them and allow to sit for a few minutes.
  4. then with a butter knife gently remove the idlis from the mould. place them in a casserole.
  5. serve instant idlis hot or warm with your favorite coconut chutney and sambar.

recipe notes

tips for making instant idli recipe:
  1. since we are only using baking soda 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. to check, just add about 1/4 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.
  3. 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.
  4. also do note that these idlis cook faster than the ground & fermented idlis. so do keep a check while they are steaming.

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how to make instant idli recipe:

1. before proceeding, grease the idli plates very well with oil. also heat 2 to 2.5 cups water in a 5 litre pressure cooker or idli steamer 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.

idli mix to make instant idli recipe

3. add ¼ cup of sour curd.

curd to make instant idli recipe

4. add water in parts. so you can add ⅓ to ½ cup water first.

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 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.

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 idli moulds.

making soft instant idli recipe

13. place the idli stand in a 5 litre pressure cooker or idli steamer or an electric cooker.

instant idli recipe

14. 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. these idlis cook faster. so do keep a check. do not overcook as then they will become hard.

instant idli recipe

15. once done, remove the stand and allow the idlis to sit for a few minutes.

instant idli recipe

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

instant idli recipe

17. place them in a casserole.

instant idli recipe

18. serve instant idlis hot or warm with your favorite coconut chutney and sambar.

instant idli

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Hi, I like your recipe.

    Can you replace poha (flattened rice) with murmure (puffed rice)?
    Or if I were to replace poha with cooked rice, how would it work in this instant recipe?

    • with murmure (puffed rice) you will have to give a try. i don’t know what will be the final result. cooked rice won’t give a dry texture in the mix and with cooked rice the idli mix powder cannot be stored for many days.

  2. Hi. Love the idea of instant idlis.. But instead of using curd and end, can I make a batter with the mix? Meaning can I mix this powder with water and leave it overnight? Will it ferment as usual?

    • you can ferment the batter and make idlis. but when ready flours are used to ferment the batter, then some baking soda or eno has to be added. the reason is that batters made with flour do not ferment the same way as an idli batter made with rice and urad dal. the ground urad dal adds a lot of fluffiness in the batter which is not possible with a batter made from urad flour.

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