How To Make Homemade Idli Dosa Batter

On Tuesday, 27 November 2012 10:37
  • Makes 20 Dosa's or 30 Medium Size Idli's

  • 90 Minutes

Making Homemade Idli Dosa Batter is a simple three-stage process, soaking, grinding and fermenting. The dosa batter is made by soaking the rice and lentil and then grinding it into a smooth batter. This batter once fermented is used in making Idli's, Dosa's and Uthappam. This Dosa Batter for making dosa's is a hand me down recipe from my mother and her mothers. The same batter can be used for making super soft idli's and crisp dosa's.

Idli's are rice and lentil steamed cakes and Dosa's thin lentil and rice crepe called dosa is an all time favorite south Indian snack savored all over the world. Children love this lentil crepe and make a very filling and healthy meal. Can be served to children over the age of 12 months and have learned the art of chewing. You can make it like a pancake, by adding your desired vegetable toppings to make it an Uttapam. 

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  • 3 cups of idli rice ( a special rice available in the indian stores for making idli and dosa's)

  • 1 cup whole white urad dal

  • 2 teaspoons fenugreek seeds

  • Water for soaking

Directions for Homemade Idli Dosa Batter Recipe
  1. Soak the rice in water, such that the all the rice is completely immersed in water. Let it soak for about 6 hours.

  2. Soak the urad dal and fenugreek in water such that all of the dal is completely immersed in water. Let it soak for about 6 hours.

  3. First grind the urad dal into a fine smooth batter. While grinding just enough water to make it into a very very smooth batter. The batter will look fluffy.

  4. Grind the rice into a smooth paste, adding just the required amount of water to grind into a almost smooth batter. Adding too much water will make the mixture too watery. If required grind a little at a time to get a almost smooth batter .

  5. The rice batter is a little coarser, but the urad dal batter is super smooth.

  6. Combine the urad and rice batter, add salt to taste and set aside for at least 12 hours or overnight until the batter ferments. You will notice the batter would have risen in volume.

  7. Hence you should place the batter in a large container so it has enough room to increase in its volume.

Note on fermenting the Idli Dosa Batter

  1. Fermenting has to take place where the weather is warm. So ideally summer’s the batter ferments very well and doubles or triples its quantity. But in cold places, the batter has to be kept in an oven. If your oven has light, then turn on the light for a few hours with the batter in the oven. Once the oven is warm, turn off the light and let the batter ferment. If your oven does not have a light, then preheat the oven to warm, turn off oven then keep the batter in the oven to ferment.This process can be mastered with experience.

Method For making idli's from the Idli Dosa Batter

  1. The freshly fermented batter is great for making idli's. So typically and traditonally, the first day after the rise, we made idli's at home and there after it is great for making dosa's as well.

  2. For making idli's do not dilute the batter with water.

  3. When making dosa's you can optionally dilute the batter with a little water to help in easy spreading.

Last modified on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 19:02
Archana Doshi

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