How to make soft Idlis?
Please use same measuring cup to measure rice and urad dal (3:1 ratio)
For the Idli:
3 cups boiled rice ( idli rice ) or silky raw rice (ponni rice)
1 cup urad dal
2 tablespoon cooked rice (leftover cooked and cooled rice)
1 teaspoon salt
Wash and soak dal and rice separately for 6 - 7 hours or overnight ( reserve water for grinding ).
Grind the soaked dal with cooked rice until it is smooth and frothy in a grinder or mixer. Transfer this paste to a big bowl ( batter should not be too thick or too watery ). If using grinder, approximate time for grinding is 30 – 35 minutes for urad dal. If using mixer, add water just to cover the soaked urad dal and not 1 - inch above. Sprinkle extra water in between when grinding.
Grind the soaked rice coarsely. Add water while grinding (just to cover the rice. It should not be above 1 - inch from the soaked rice if using mixer). If using grinder, approximate time for grinding is 25 30 minutes. It won’t take much time in mixer.
Now mix the ground rice and dal into a batter. Idli batter is thicker than normal dosa batter.
Add salt, mix well and set aside in a warm place for 7 - 8 hours ( or overnight ) for fermenting ( batter will be doubled in volume).
When the Idli batter is well fermented, the idlis are ready to be cooked.
Grease the idli holder / idli thattu or pan well and fill each slot with batter to the 3/4 mark.
Steam cook the idlis in a steamer or National slow cooker / pressure cooker (without weight) on a medium heat for about 10 - 15 minutes or until done. Keep aside for cooling.
Use a greased spoon to remove the idlis from the container as they may stick. Serve with Tomato chutney / Sambar / Coconut chutney/ Idli milakay podi (chutney powder for idli).