Idli Recipe

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Idli is one of the healthiest dishes from south India. It is soft, fluffy, and light and made from rice and dals.

In this post, I will show you how to make soft idli with rice. Many North Indian people do not know how to make idli at home. But in this post, i will show you the exact step-by-step recipe, by following that you can make soft and fluffy idli like the market one.

idli recipe

About Idli Recipe

Idli is the south Indian food made with rice or rava (sooji). It is one the most have food for breakfast in South India. And even the north Indians love it.

It is very healthy as it contains rice, dals etc. I use the same dosa batter for making idli also.

Idli tastes best with the sambar and the coconut chutney(nariyal chutney). I also love to have it without anything.

It tastes good also with other chutneys like peanut chutney, and tomato onion chutney.

You can further read my other south Indian recipes post.

For making batter for idli you need to read my dosa batter post. The same batter is used for making dosa and idli.

Idli Recipe Video

Idli Recipe


  • Batter
  • Oil
  • Water


  • Grease the idli plates/moulds with the oil.
  • Do not swirl or mix the batter before adding it to the moulds.
  • Half-fill the batter in the moulds. Do not fill moulds to the full.
  • Fill 1.5 glasses of water in the idli stand. And boil the water.
  • Place the idli moulds in the idli steamer/cooker. And cover with the lid.
  • Steam it for 5 to 7 minutes on high flame.
  • For checking whether, the idli is steamed properly or not, insert the knife into the idli. If it is come out clean it means they are steamed perfectly. If it does not come out clean, then steam again for 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove the moulds from the steamer. And remove the idli from the steamer with the help of a knife.

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