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Bamboo rice idly

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
fermenting time and soaking time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 50 minutes
Course Breakfast, Main Dish, Traditional
Cuisine Baby toddler food, Fusion, Indian, South indian, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 20 idlies


  • mixing bowls and spoons.
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • Steamer


  • 1 cup Urad Dal
  • 2 cups bamboo rice
  • 2 cups parboiled rice
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • salt to taste


To make the batter

  • Measure the urad dal and rices and add to seperate bowls.
  • Wash them both till the water runs clear and soak them with excess water. For the urad dal keep the water an inch above the dry beans. For rices add three inches above the layer of rice.
  • Add the fenugreek seeds to the rice that is being soaked.
  • Cover and leave them to soak for 3 to 5 hours.
  • Once the bean and the rice are soaked, grind the urad dal to a smooth paste with the water that it is soaked in. Add just enough water additional to make it a smooth paste.
  • Remove the dal paste into a large mixing bowl.
  • Grind the rice and fenugreek mix. Use only the amount of water you need to make a smooth paste. Thick but pouring consistency batter.
  • Remove this batter and mix it with the previously made urad dal batter.
  • Add some salt and mix the two batters well.
  • Cover with a loose lid and place in a warm corner of your kitchen to ferment.
  • If it was winter, use the tips in the post to fermented.

To steam the batter and make idlies

  • Let the batter ferment for 6 to 8 hours.
  • Once the batter is fermented, mix it up and add the rest of the necessary salt.
  • Grease the idly moulds.
  • Place water in the steamer.
  • Pour a small ladle full of batter per mould and place in the steamer.
  • Layer up the moulds allowing enough steam passage.
  • Steam the batter for 20 minutes.
  • Allow it to stand for 5 minutes and gently unmould the idlies.
  • Serve warm with chutneys of choice.
    making idlies in winter / bamboo rice idli
Keyword Fermented foods, jam recipes, Kerala recipes, steamer recipe
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