Soft White Idlis with Idli Rava or Cream of Rice

Super Soft White Idlis with Idli Rava (Cream of Rice)
Super Soft White Idlis with Idli Rava (Cream of Rice)

Recently, I had posted the recipe for Super Soft White Idlis using udad dal and parboiled rice. Then I got this request from Rama, my cousin, for the recipe with Idli Rava or Cream of Rice as she finds it difficult to get parboiled rice in USA. So here goes!

The only difference between the idlis made with Idli Rava is that they are grainier than those made with parboiled rice. This issue can be remedied to some extent by grinding the store-bought Idli Rava to a finer consistency before soaking it.

How to Make Soft White Idlis with Rice Rava

Preparation Time: 16-24 Hours

Cooking Time: 10 Minutes

Makes: ~24 Idlis

Ingredients

  1. Idli Rava or Cream of Rice – 3.5 Cups
  2. Minapappu, Udad Dal or Husked, Split Black Gram – 1 Cup
  3. Atukulu, Poha, or Beaten Rice – 1/2 Cup
    Or
    Cooked Rice – 1/2 Cup
  4. Menthulu, Methi Dana or Fenugreek Seeds – 1 tsp
  5. Salt to Taste

Method to Make Idli Batter

  1. Wash the udad dal well under running water.
  2. Soak the udad dal and fenugreek seeds in 3 cups of water for at least 6 hours.
  3. Soak the Idli Rava in 2 cups of water for at least 4 hours.
  4. About the Idli Rava has been soaking for about 6 hours, add the poha/beaten rice or cooked rice to the Idli Rava and let it soak for 10 minutes.
  5. After 10 minutes, drain all the water from the Idli Rava + Poha/Cooked Rice and discard the water.
  6. Drain the water from the soaked udad dal and save the water.
  7. Grind the soaked gram first in a mixer-grinder till it forms a smooth paste.
    • If and when required, add a little of the water drained from the soaked udad dal.
    • Do not add too much water. Just add a little at a time and patiently grind the batter till it is smooth and thick.
  8. Take the batter out in a large vessel.
  9. Grind the soaked Idli Rava + Poha/Cooked Rice with a little of the saved water till it is ground fine.
    • If and when required, add a little of the water drained from the soaked udad dal.
    • Do not add too much water. Just add a little at a time and patiently grind the batter till it is fine.
    • The Idli Rava batter will remain a bit grainy.
  10. Add the Idli Rava batter to the gram batter.
  11. Add salt to the batter.
  12. Use your hand to thoroughly mix the two batters together.
    • Ensure that the vessel is only about 1/2 filled because the batter will rise quite a bit after fermentation.
  13. Cover the vessel and set aside to ferment for at least 8 hours.
  14. Once the batter is fermented, mix once gently.

Method to Make Idlis in a Pressure Cooker

  1. Remove the weight from the lid of the pressure cooker.
  2. Add enough water to the pressure cooker.
    • Do not place the lid on the cooker.
  3. Set the heat on high and let the water simmer.
  4. Lightly grease the idli mould.
  5. Fill each idli slot till it is just full or just short of being full.
  6. Place the idli stand in the cooker.
  7. Close the lid and let it steam for 5 to 7 minutes. I turn off the flame when I am able to detect the aroma of idlis in the steam.
  8. Turn off the heat and let the idlis rest for about 10 minutes.
  9. Open the cooker and take the idli stand out.
  10. Let it rest for 2-3 minutes.
  11. Take the soft white idlis out of the mould.
  12. Serve hot soft white idlis with sambar, senaga pindi pachadi, coconut chutney, and/or molaga podi.

Tips

  • The batter must ferment and almost double in size for the idlis to be soft and white.
  • The yellowish-ness of the idli is often because of inadequate fermentation and no other reason.
  • One reason many people do not get soft white idlis is that they oversteam them. This dries out the idlis and makes them a bit grainy and tough.

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