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Dec 2, 2011

Amma's Homemade Idli & Dosa Batter for Spongy Idli and Crispy Dosa - Step by Step

I got many mails asking me to post the recipe for idli and dosa batter. So here I am with the batter which stays in our house since I am a kid. Amma makes this batter every week in bulk quantity and stores in fridge for that whole week. This is a life saver during busy mornings...

The main thing which you should keep in mind is the proportions for this batter. The propotion is 4:1 (ie) 4 parts of rice to 1 part of urad dal. And the second thing is the fermenting time, Amma usually makes this batter in the morning and leaves it on the counter the whole day and put it in the fridge during night.

I hope you will love our traditional recipe and off you go to the step by step recipe with pictures.. 

Ingrediants:

Rice – 4 cup / 4 part
Whole Urad Dal without Skin / Ulundam Paruppu-1 cup / 1 part
Rock Salt- to taste ( See Notes below the recipe)
Water as needed

Method:

Soak your rice and dal separately for 5-6 hours.

Now in a blender or wet grinder take your dal first and start grinding it. Add some water to help grinding. Grind till it is smooth.Remove this in a big air container and set aside.

Now take rice in the same blender and start grinding. Add some water to help grinding. Grind till it is smooth and soft. Remove this in the same container where the dal batter is kept in.

Now wash you hands completely with soap. Add some salt in the batter and start mixing with your hands. Make sure you mix this completely.

Please note that you don’t fill the batter half way above the container which you store this because it do rise a lot while it ferments. You can also put this is several containers to ferment.

Cover the container with a lid and leave it on counter top for 8-10 hours to ferment. Once the batter is fermented mix it completely with a spoon so that everything is mixed properly and then put it in the refrigerator.

While you are ready to make dosa or idli. Mix the batter once again and you could add some more water if you need and make your favorite dish.

You can use this to make the perfect idli and dosa.


Important Notes:


1)For fermenting the batter in cold places..Preheat the oven to 200 degree farenheat and switch off the oven, Now keep this bowl inside the oven and leave it overnight..If you don't have oven, you can leave it for 2 days on countertop this will make the batter to ferment.


2)Don't use iodised salt, since this will delay the fermenting process.Use rock salt or non-iodised salt.

Pictorial:
Take rice and urad dal in separate bowl

add water and let it soak

first add urad dal to grinder

and let it grind

pour some water to help it grinding

grind till smooth

can you see how smooth it is

remove it in a big container

now add rice in this and start grinding

grind it till smooth

remove it in the same container

now add salt in this and mix with your hands..This is because the warmth from your hand make the batter ferment faster..

all mixed up and fermented...

Now make crispy dosas

MMM..YUM

Or you could make spongy idli's out of this..

44 comments:

Nalini's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Ummm...spongy idly and crispy dosa.

Biny Anoop said... Best Blogger Tips

after all that i want to have it now.....dont have btter going to the nearesr dosa corner

Indulge said... Best Blogger Tips

very nice pictorial.. one question for your mom, I am in NJ, USA and it is really cold here and my house is also cold, the batter never ferments, tried all tricks, like blanket wrapping, oven light. no luck.. nay other thing .. my kids love idli's..any help will be truly appreciated,
Love Ash.

Hamaree Rasoi said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks a lot for sharing with us the step by step method to prepare batter.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Hari Chandana said... Best Blogger Tips

Woww.. looks too good.. very useful post dear.. gr8 job !!
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faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

too informative dear...........

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@indulge..Thanks for your comment..For fermenting the batter in cold places..Preheat the oven to 200 degree farenheat and switch off the oven..Now keep this bowl inside the oven and leave it overnight..If this don't work, you can leave it for 2 days on countertop this will make the batter to ferment.

Roshni said... Best Blogger Tips

Aarthi.. good description and photos of the process. it is in my list of things to post. i just noticed that in the description, you have said rice first and then dal - though you have corrected in the pics as dal first. Thought I will point out as you know the order is important :-)

Anzz said... Best Blogger Tips

Aarthi, have an award for you at my place. Do collect it. Am adding to your site as a follower. Keep up the gr8 work.

Vatsala. said... Best Blogger Tips

excellent dosa and idli.

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Suja said... Best Blogger Tips

Crispy and yummy..perfect and tempting breakfast

Viki's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Very nice post and delicious idly dosa....yummy!

Curry and Comfort said... Best Blogger Tips

I have never made this.. but I thank you for the step by step method. I shall share this with my mother (I call her Amma too) and see if we can make it as wonderful as yours looks. :)

Mythreyi said... Best Blogger Tips

The dosaa are looking crisp... didn't know we can make idly also with this batter, will try...

I also add i tsp Baking soda before putting it in the oven, it helps the fermenting process faster...


-Mythreyi
Yum! Yum! Yum!

Deeksha said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for sharing these tips. Very nice n useful.

Shanthi said... Best Blogger Tips

Very nice pictorial. Will be useful for amateurs.

Ganga Sreekanth said... Best Blogger Tips

so inviting..yummy

Archana said... Best Blogger Tips

I never knew I could use the same batter for idli and dosa. Love that. Also i never tried prop of 4:1 will do so henceforth after all mom's know the best.

Anjana said... Best Blogger Tips

very informative post,great job....thanks for sharing....

divya said... Best Blogger Tips

yum Yum this looks so mouthwatering !

Archana said... Best Blogger Tips

Amma and Amma ki beti thank you. This post has given me excellent idlis. Will try making dosa out of the atta tomorrow. The only change is that is used idli rava and ground it up too as I had to make idlis urgently and there was no time to soak the rice.
Thanks a million.

Vegetarian Surprises said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks...but why do we grind them separately? I always soak them & grind them together ...Im sure there must be some science behind it...I'm learning south Indian food, so just curious :)))

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Vegetarian Surprises

actually urad dal needs to be grinded till they gets fluffy, thats what helps in the fermenting process...So they grind it separately ..I think this might be the fact..

aayesha said... Best Blogger Tips

which type of rice you use.i am a begginer to make idli .i made with store bought mix
your idli is very spongy yummy.

Hemavathi Murari said... Best Blogger Tips

aarthi, this is great.
to have a diff kindly add a fist of toor dhal and 1 tsp of fenugreek seeds.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi..
You have the most amazing blog I have ever come across.I must say this is skill.Did you add anything else while grinding the batter for this hotel style brown coloured dosa?My dosas are always white.Please suggest.
Prema

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Anonymousno i din add anything else other than the one given in the recipe..try this recipe and let me know the results

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Aarthi,
I have a question, do you use the same water that you previously used in soaking the rice and dal in grinding, or you used a fresh one? thanks for sharing your recipe.
-Dina.

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@AnonymousI didn't use same water..I used fresh water for grinding it..

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Aarti,
Wonderful post.What kind of rice did you use? Is it sona masoori? Please specify.

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Anonymous
No it is not sona masuri..It is regular rice..We have a rice brand called chengalpattu.Amma uses that for making batter

Anantara said... Best Blogger Tips

Your grinder is amazing -- makes the batter so smooth. I use a blender so it is not as smooth as yours. Is this type of grinder only available in India? Thanks for the recipe!

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@AnantaraThank u so much. That is my mum's.I am not sure about that.

puma said... Best Blogger Tips

ur recipies r very tasteful..thanks aarthi..
i tried in 4:1 ratio to grind idly batter..but idly's was not so soft rather it is too hard..
what i have to do?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@puma

The key thing is u should grind the urad dal till it is super soft.This may be one reason.

Another thing..May be you must have cooked the idly for long time..

Try again and tell me the results

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

hi....
It is superb recipe which can help to everybody...thanks a lot...i love ur blog so much...u r having great cooking skills keep going ....
can i use regular sona masoori rice for this...thanks

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Anonymousofcourse you can use any type of rice

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

hi aarthi..I luv ur blog..everything in detail..can u plse post the recipe of the chutney shown in this pic..so yummy..:)

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@AnonymousHere is the link for it.

http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/2011/10/andhra-peanut-chutney-verusenaga.html

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

thanks a ton for the link Aarthi..:)

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi can you please tell me how to make soft and spongy basic idli...i have tried so many times but never got it....i have a steel idli steamer that is with 12 idlis...can make at one time..i use idly rice and i grind it in mixer grinder....please please help

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

You have showed the procedure for making batter in a big grinder. Can u show or say how to do idli batter in a blender for working women. how much should be the ratio for making it in the blender? Thanks.

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@AnonymousThat will be a separate post of mine

Lalala said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi aarthi.. I juz lovve ur blog.. All ur dishes are super delicious enough to stole my hubby's heart .. :) u r doung really a great favour to many of us who r new to cooking.. Thankk u soo soo much n keep updating new new dishes. :)))))