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How to make idli/ dosa batter

Idli and dosa are staple food in any South Indian house. So they have idli/ dosa batter in stock at any given time. Having batter in stock is so much relief for both stay at home moms or working moms. With this batter we can make many dishes like Idli, Dosa, Uthapam, Paniyaram.

Here I have given the measurements I use.


Rice – 4 1/2 cups ( I use sona masoori)

Urad dal – 1 cup

Methi seeds – 2 tsp

Poha  – 1/4 cup

Salt – as required


  • Soak rice and urad dal + methi seeds for 6 to 8 hours.
  • Wash and grind urad dal+ methi seeds till smooth.It should double up the original quantity.(depends on the quality of urad dal). Do not add more water. Just sprinkle when needed.
  • Take it in a bowl. Then wash rice, add poha and grind till smooth with required water.
  • Take it in same bowl with ground urad dal.
  • Add salt. Ferment overnight.
  • Check for consistency. Add water only needed.


Before fermentation


After fermentation


Made idli






  1. Add poha to rice only before grinding.
  2. Instead poha , you can add cooked rice.
  3. Batter will be good in first day to make idli .
  4. The following days will be good for making dosa, paniyaram or uthapam.
  5. For dosa the batter should be in flowing consistency. For idli, should be thicker than that.
  6. I grind in wet grinder. I haven’t used mixer or blender to make batter, so I’m not sure about the results you get from it.


  1. wow the fermented batter is such a delightful sight!

  2. Nice….. Chutney is green and inviting 🙂

  3. Oh I love dosa and mini idli.. but I don’t think I can cook them at home..

    1. Oh… really.. glad to know you love idli and dosa…but y you think can’t cook?

      1. Well, I am not into cooking at all.. I can make only riCE and maggi..oops.. so whenever I wish to eat south Indian.. I go to restaurants everytime

        1. Oh.. but glad you like south Indian food?

  4. i love south indian food and twice a month we visit sagar ratna in Defence colony delhi….. but never tried it at home…. thought it was very difficult….. but seems not so……

    1. ? it’s vice versa in south Indians also… it’s a myth till we try… hope will try it in home one day?

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  6. Once again- obsessing over your recipes! I made idli a few weeks ago, but I made it with a premix. I would love to try making it from scratch. Thank you for sharing such marvelously authentic Indian dishes. It is the best food.

    1. Thank you..? I am so overwhelmed by your comments.. I am glad that my recipes help you…?.. please do try… Indian recipes turns more delicious when tried from scratch..( it’s purely my opinion) Thank you again?

  7. Fermented batter is a real gamble in this winter. If you are lucky you get a breakfast???, love Idlis and dosas

    1. Ya.. it’s true… but I add a laddle of old fermented batter to the new one…it really helps me?

      1. Tried too but struggling in winter!!

        1. Oh… some of my friends in East of US told me that they keep it in oven and just switch on… you can try this if you haven’t

          1. Hi Lathiya, sorry for a late reply. Me too has to do that sometimes.

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    Carry on the great work!

    1. Thank you so much Carroll..?… keep coming… glad you like my recipes?

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