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instant idli mix

instant idli mix recipe is a homemade instant idli mix made with rice flour, urad dal and poha (flattened rice).
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: breakfasts
Cuisine: south indian
Servings: 480 grams
Author: Dassana Amit


  • 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


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.