The softest idlis possible

Lemon. Chilli. Ginger.

Idlis are a delightful south Indian breakfast. These steamed delicacies are a must in most Tamilian  families, and have found favour in a lot of restaurants serving South Indian food all over the world.
They are 100% vegetarian and vegan too! If you decide to make idlis, you need to plan on it two days ahead.
The following recipe is my mother’s secret one, and it works like a dream!


  1. Idli rice – 4 cups (This is a special kind of rice found in many Indian stores)
  2. Urad dal – 1 cup (Any urad dal will do, but if you get whole urad dal, skin removed, but the grain in tact, that is the best. This is called “Gota Urad Dal))
  3. Plain rice – 1 cup
  4. Cooked rice – 1 cup
  5. Fenugreek seeds – 1 tsp.

Soak overnight:

Wash and soak all the rice together (except the cooked…

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