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May 2, 2017

Instant Poha Idli Recipe - Aval Idli – Instant Idli Recipe Without Urad dal

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Instant poha idli
Instant poha idli with idli rava or upma rava (Semolina, sooji) / aval idli without urad dal is a quick fix, instant recipe for my idli cravings. After a long time, I am sharing an instant Idli recipe in my blog. Being a South Indian, Idli dosa batter is a must in my home. So I grind the idli batter at least once in a week and use it for 3 to 4 days. I used to explore varieties of idli recipes as a result of which you could find 15+ idli varieties in my blog. Myself & Sendhil can manage food without idli dosa for one to two weeks. But Raksha can’t. As she is in Salem, I did not make idli,dosa batter for the past two weeks and managing our breakfast & dinner with upma, instant dosa varieties, paratha recipes etc.

 Yesterday all of a sudden I got the craving to have idli for our dinner. As I had bookmarked this Instant, no fermentation poha idli recipe from Smitha’s blog years ago, I thought of trying it. It came out really well. I relished it with easy tomato thokku. Yes, I made an easy tomato thokku recipe in pressure cooker. It was tasting great for this idli. Recipe posted HERE.

Even though this aval idli came out very soft, I won’t say it tastes equally well to our usual fermented, soft and spongy idli made with rice & urad dal.As this is an instant version, the natural sour taste & flavor from fermented idli batter would be missing in this idli. So I feel only a tangy side dish like tomato thokku or tomato chutney would be the best side dish for this idli. But this is sure a keeper recipe for people who wants to make quick yet healthy steamed food using poha (Flattened rice/Pressed rice in English, Aval in tamil, Avalakki in Kannada). Its ideal for bachelors and working women. Its good for our tummy as well because curd, poha and idli rava are the major ingredients for this idli recipe. 

Cooking soda is not essential for this recipe still I used meagre quantity. If you like this idli recipe, you can make many variations like adding grated vegetables, season it like rava idli.  Do try this easy, quick instant idli recipe if you run short of our usual idli batter. You will like it for sure. I have shared all the possible tips for making this idli perfect. So lets check out how to make super soft, instant poha idli with step by step pictures and a video !


Instant poha idli

Poha Idli - Instant Poha Idli Recipe - Easy Aval Idli

Poha Idli - Instant Poha Idli Recipe - Easy Aval Idli How to make instant idli recipe using poha & idli rava
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Breakfast
Serves: 15 to 20nos
Prep time: 20 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 35 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Thin Poha/ Paper Aval - 1 cup (Thin Pressed rice/ Flattened rice)
  • Idli Rava / Idli Sooji OR Roasted semolina/sooji - 1.5 cups
  • Sour Curd - 1 cup 
  • Water - 1.5 to 1.75 cups in total
  • Salt - as needed
  • Baking soda - 1/4 tsp . Add 1/2 tsp ENO if using semolina

  • Wash the poha once or twice in water. Drain it. It will be soft. Now add 1 cup of curd to it. Mix well and soak for 10 minutes.
    poha idli recipe - Instant idli recipe
  • Mash the poha after soaking. Add 1.5 cups of idli rava or roasted semolina (upma rava) and mix well. Idli rava absorbs all the water content. So add 1 cup water, mix well and let the mixture soak for 10 minutes. ( Update : You can also use roasted upma rava/sooji at room temperature instead of idli rava.)
    poha idli recipe - Instant idli recipe
    poha idli recipe - Instant idli recipe
  • After soaking, mix well and add 1/2 to 3/4 cup water. Mix well to bring thick idli batter consistency. Add water carefully, make thick, pourable batter. Thin batter makes flat, sticky idli. Add salt & baking soda, mix well. Make idli immediately. (Update: If using semolina, add 1/2 tsp ENO or 1/4 tsp baking soda. )
    poha idli recipe - Instant idli recipe
  • Grease idli plates with oil. Pour the batter. Roll boil water in an idli pot. Keep the idli plates only after the water starts to roll boil. Close & steam it for 12 to 15 minutes. You will get nice cooked smell of idli. It looks slightly flat after steaming. Don’t worry.
    poha idli recipe - Instant idli recipe
    poha idli recipe - Instant idli recipe
  • Remove the idli plate and rest it for 5 minutes. Unmold it with a small flat ladle or spoon.This idli may be sticky, very soft & breaks when removed hot. So remove it after the idli becomes warm to get the perfect shape.It stays soft for few hours.
    poha idli recipe - Instant idli recipe
  • Enjoy with some tangy side dishes. I personally liked with tangy tomato thokkku & tomato chutney more than coconut chutney or sambar. Choice is yours !
  • Note : If you make the batter in the morning, you can use the leftover batter for making idli in dinner. You can refrigerate the leftover batter or keep it outside which helps for fermentation.

  • Most important point to note is idli batter consistency. It should not be thin. No problem even if its too thick. You can add little more water anytime, mix and make idli. So add water carefully while mixing.
  • Cooking soda is not essential if you leave the batter for 30 minutes to 1 hour resting time.
  • Unmold the idli only after 5 minutes of steaming. Idli may break when you unmold it immediately. Give a resting time of 5 minutes.
  • If you are using thick poha, grind to a coarse powder in a mixie. Then wash and soak it. I hope it works.
  • ENO can be used in place of soda but use only 1/8 tsp if making with idli rava. If you use upma rava, you should add 1/2 tsp of ENO or 1/4 tsp of cooking soda. 

Enjoy this instant poha idli with tangy side dish like tomato thokku or tomato chutney ! You will love it for sure !
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Priya Chakraborty said...

Very nice recipe you are great..

Chitra said...

Thank you !

Unknown said...

It was hard to eat it was not soft not so good.