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Thursday, July 19, 2018

How to make Idli Dosa Batter in Mixie-Soft Idlis in Mixie

Making soft and spongy idlis whether in grinder or mixie has never been a problem to me. I make it with ease. As I got many request asking me to share, how to grind for idli batter in mixie, here I am with this post. Anybody can make soft idlis whether the batter is ground in grinder or mixie, when you follow the simple tips given below. Today let see how to make Idli dosa batter in mixie/mixer grinder at home following this easy recipe and tips.

Soft Idlis in Mixie-Idli dosa batter in mixie

How to make Idli-Dosa Batter in Mixie

How to make Idli-Dosa Batter in Mixie

 Prep Time : 30 mins (excluding soaking time)
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Serves: 4
 Recipe CategoryBreakfast-How to
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Idli Par boiled rice/Idli Puzhugal arisi - 2 cups
   Whole skinned urad dal - 1/2 cup
   Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
   Beaten rice/poha/aval - 1/3 cup
   Sea Salt - 2 tsp or as required
   Ice water for grinding

First step is to get good quality ingredients. Avoid using old stock rice or urad dal.


Wash and soak whole urad dal (without skin) and fenugreek seeds in water for 6-7 hours. After an hour or two, keep the urad dal with the water in the refrigerator. We can use that water (needed water) for grinding. (do not use split urad dal for idlis).

Wash and soak rice for 6-7 hours.

Soak poha/aval for 1 hour before grinding.

idli dosa batter ingredients

Grind urad dal + fenugreeks seeds in the mixie until smooth. Keep these things in mind when grinding the urad dal batter in mixie. Grind urad dal adding ice water little at a time, with few seconds gap inbetween. Do not operate the mixie continuously. Finally add a little ice cold water and use the whipper mode to grind the urad dal. This will give you fluffy batter. Transfer it to a container.

Now let the mixie rest for 10 minutes as it would have been heated by now.

how to grind for idli in mixie

Grind rice in 2 batches. Grind rice along with beaten rice/poha until slightly grainy. (a little finer than rava/semolina). Again use ice water for grinding and do not operate the mixie continuously.

Now mix the rice batter with the urad dal batter. Add salt and mix it well with your hands. By mixing with our hands enough air will be incorporated into the mixture. 
This will also aid fermentation. 

how to make idli dosa batter in mixie

Batter consistency

On the whole I have used just 1 cup and 3 tbsp of water for grinding both urad dal and rice. This is just an approximate measure for you to have an idea. This may vary.

The consistency of the batter should not be too thick nor too thin. When you dip the ladle into the batter, it should coat the back of the ladle and when you take a ladle of batter and drop it back into the container, the batter should fall back into the bowl in ribbons, which slowly disappears back into the mixture. So getting the right batter consistency is important for soft idlis, whether you grind it in the mixie or wet grinder.

how to make idli batter in mixie-Idli batter consistency


Just as consistency of the batter is important, proper fermentation is also important. Fermentation time depends on the weather conditons.

I kept it covered overnight and see how beautifully the batter has fermented.

idli batter in mixer grinder

Now mix the fermented batter well and refrigerate it, if you are not going to make idlis immediately.

How to make idlis

Boil water in a steamer, once water starts boiling, grease idli moulds and pour a small ladle of batter into the moulds. (As it is just 5 idlis, I used a kadai and an idli mould - lined the idli plate with a damp thin muslin cloth and poured the batter into the mold, this will give a nice texture to the idlis).

soft and spongy idlis batter in mixie

Steam for 10-12 minutes or until it is cooked.

Soft Idlis in Mixie

Enjoy soft and spongy idlis with any side dish of your choice. Check out my List of

Idli Dosa Side Dishes

Few Things to keep in mind when grinding idli batter in mixie

1. Soaking for 6-7 hours is important.

2. Use ice water for grinding.

3. Do not operate the mixie continuously.

4. Adding poha gives soft and spongy idlis when grinding it in mixie. You don't need aval/poha when grinding for idli batter in wet grinder .

Idli side dish
Idli with Brinjal Kosumalli and Idli Milagi podi with nallennai.
Note - Those who cannot get idli rice can use parboiled sona masoori rice or ponni rice varieties.

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  1. Do we need to use ice water in the case of wet grinder use.


    1. No not necessary when grinding in wet grinder.But if you want you can use it. As the mixie motor gets heated up, we are using ice water to grind the batter, moreover you will get fluffy urad dal batter.

  2. Thanks for the tips n recepie .My daughter is 4 years old n she doesn't chew veggies.please suggest few recepie for these kind of jids.

  3. Can v soak the rice and urad dal for more Dan 10 hours?

    1. Not necessary. 6-7 hours is more than enough. But in case if one forgets to grind, it does not matter, if it is soaked for 10 hours. Fermentation time will be less and the batter might be a little sour.

  4. Can this batter be used for dosa as well

    1. Yes, you can make dosa, paniyaram (appe) and uthappam with this batter. For dosa, you can mix a little water before making dosas.

  5. Is the whipper mode same as the pulse option? Is it necessary to operate in that mode for urad dal completely or should we use that only in the end?

  6. Yes, both are the same. You can use the pulse mode in the end, not fully.


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