Can you make idli batter without grinding rice or urad dal?

What makes preparing idlis such a hassle is the effort it takes to grind rice and urad dal into perfection. You have to soak them for hours, grind them until your mixer grinder heats up, then you have to let it rest overnight to make some authentic idli batter. Here is a easy hack to shorten this whole process. You can skip half the steps in batter-making with this method – by swapping rice and urad dal with pre-stored powders made of both. Check out this unique idli recipe.

1 cup urad dal powder
2 cups wheat flour
1 cup rice powder
Palm full of cooked rice
Water as required (around 3 cups)
Salt as required

Wash the urad dal, strain and dry them
Grind the dried urad dal into fine powder; store this in air tight jars
Take wheat flour, rice powder and urad dal powder in a mixing bowl
Grind the boiled rice with some water in a mixer jar
Add this into the dry ingredients
Pour water slowly and mix into soft batter
The batter shouldn’t be too thick or loose
Keep it aside for at least 8-10 hours
After the batter has risen nicely, add salt
Grease the idly mould with coconut oil
Pour the batter into it
Cook in the steamer for 10 minutes
Enjoy soft and tasty idly with sambar and chutney.

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