Vegetarian Concoctions

September 13, 2006

Idlis – The easy way out!

Filed under: Rice Flour, Snacks and Appetizers, South Indian, Udad flour — Hema @ 12:09 pm

I am a working mom and there are days when I get back from work just to start another 8 hour shift. There will be more than a few of you who can relate to my schedule. Apart from weekends, I usually indulge in short-cuts to cook up a supper that is both nutritious and easy to put together. Hailing from the south, we usually had either idli or dosai batter at home on any given day and my mom, who was a working mom herself, found it convenient to get a stock of batter ready for the week lest her kids should come home from school rubbing their tummies. I am sure all of you would agree with me that the best batter is delivered by the wet grinder. I was devoid of this precious commodity until last year when my in-laws gifted me one. Before then, I made idlis the ‘no-grinding’ way. Though, it was not the perfect idli, it was very close and definitely better and economical than the ready to make idli mixes. The ingredients are available at any indian store.

Rice pwd                1 cup

Udad pwd               1 cup

Idli rava                  1 cup

Fast rising yeast      1 1/2 tsp

salt to taste

Just mix these ingredients in warm water to the idli batter consistancy. Place it in the oven or any warm place overnight to rise and thats that! Its that easy. Though I dont make Idlis this way any more since i have graduated and have been awarded the ultra grinder, I thought this recipe could be useful to some of you who are yet to graduate.

Updated: 09/27

One of my friends complained that the idli she made using this recipe smelt of yeast, though the taste and texture was just perfect. I would recommend reducing the amount of yeast to about 1/2 tsp in that case. Varieties differ and some yeast may just be more active than the others!



  1. Totally understand your situation. I am working mother who is also raising twins. So like you I am also always on the lookout for easy recipes that can make kids happy. Never tried idlis this way. Thanks for sharing

    Comment by Krithika — September 13, 2006 @ 1:17 pm

  2. Hey Hema,
    Thanks for letting me know about this recipe. You know what, I tried making idlis with Urad flour immediately after I made the Didir Dosas. I have taken pictures too. Will blog about them sometime. I did not add yeast, though. Thanks for the idea.

    Comment by Vaishali — September 13, 2006 @ 3:47 pm

  3. I was thinking where did I see didir dosa ! At vaishali’s !
    Hey! now it is didir idlis , hurray for me!! Makes my life easier!
    Hema, post some photos, otherwise I won’t know whether didirs really come out right! But thanks you somuch for new quicky idea!! 🙂

    Comment by Asha — September 13, 2006 @ 6:49 pm

  4. Nice recipe hema! I tried this recipe a couple of years back but they turned out really hard, may be I missed something..

    Comment by Arjuna — September 14, 2006 @ 3:04 pm

  5. You have a great blog here Hema.
    That looks like a very easy recipe for idlis.
    Hey.. I am collecting kid’s lunchbox recipes, can you please leave some links here. Thanks.

    Comment by shilpa — September 14, 2006 @ 5:43 pm

  6. Nice blog Hema.. Easy way of making idlis sound interesting. thanks

    Comment by prema — September 18, 2006 @ 2:14 am

  7. @Krithika
    TWINS!! U R a super-mom!!! Hope this recipe makes your life a little easier.

    Yeast does a good job in raising the batter. Try it.

    Well, as I said I dont make idlis this way anymore after the grinder came by and I didnt take pictures when I used to make them this way. I didnt know I would be starting a food blog. Actually, had no idea what a blog was at that time:). I will post a pic if I make it someday. Dont want to give a false picture by posting a pic of idlis I make now. But give it a try, its pretty good.

    The trick is to use warm water and to let it rise in a warm place. This provides a good environment for the yeast do its job effectively. The oven works well. If you have a gas oven, the pilot lamp should provide the warmth and if it is electric, just keep the oven light on.

    @Shilpa, Prema

    Comment by Hema — September 18, 2006 @ 9:35 am

  8. Hi, I stay in the US, and i find it easy to make the crispy golden dosas with dry rice flour and udad flour. But idlis are news to me, thanks for sharing!!!!!

    Comment by Bala — June 21, 2007 @ 10:01 pm

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