Idli / Dosa Batter

  • Prep Time: 8 hours
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 10 hours
  • Yield: 10 cups 1x


  • 5 cups Idli Rice
  • 1 cup Urad Dal (split black lentil)
  • 1 Tbsp Salt (or as required)
  • Water
  • Grinder


  1. Wash and soak the uncooked rice for 5-8 hours or overnight. DO not over soak or it may spoil the rice
  2. Soak the Urad Dal for 1-2 hours.
  3. In the grinder (or blender), add the Urad Dal with enough water to make it into a smooth, sticky batter. It takes around 20 minutes. Remove into a large container & set aside.
  4. Add the rice with enough water to make it into a smooth batter. It takes around 30-40 minutes in a grinder
  5. Add the rice batter to the previously ground Urad Dal paste.
  6. Add salt and mix well. The batter should be of pouring consistency. If not, add water to make it so.
  7. Cover and let it sit in a warm spot for 5-8 hours to let the batter ferment. It will rise in volume.
  8. Refrigerate it until use.

  • Cuisine: south Indian