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Mixer or Blender Idli

These idlis turn out unbelievably soft and spongy
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Keyword How to make idli without wet grinder
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Soaking time & fermentation time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 22 minutes
Servings 1 kg batter
Author Hema Magesh


  • 1.5 cups Idli rice
  • 1/3 cup urad dhall
  • few grains fenugreek seeds
  • 1/8 cup poha/beaten rice
  • salt as needed
  • water as needed


  • Wash and soak the rice and poha seperately . Soak the urad dhal with the fenugreek seeds in the refrigerator. Soak them all for atleast 2 hours .
  • Grind the urad dhal and the poha together to a nice paste. Keeping the urad dhal in the fridge ensures that the mixer does not get heated up.
    steps 1-3 mixer idli
  • Transfer to a vessel and grind the rice to a nice paste. Mix this up with the urad dhal batter and a bit of salt and ferment for 6 hours to overnight.
  • Next day, mix up again and check for salt.  The batter should be mildly sour.
    steps 4-6 mixie idli
  • Grease the idli plates, and pour the batter into the molds. Steam them in the idli cooker for about 12 minutes. 
  • Check the idli for doneness, let it rest for a minute or two in the mold. Scoop the idlis out using a sharp spoon and serve with any chutney or Sambar.
    steps 4-6 mixie idli
  • You can also make dosa/ Indian crepe with this batter, as with any other idli batter.