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March 9, 2019

Ration Arisi Idli Dosa Recipe - How To Make Soft Idli With Ration Rice

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I must thank my MIL for teaching me how to make soft idli batter with ration rice (Ration arisi). For the past 2 years my in-laws are getting ration rice (both idli rice/ puzhungal arisi and raw rice / pacharisi) regularly in Salem, Tamil nadu. Most of the people avoid using ration rice/ idli rice because it looks pale yellow in color with lots of dirt, sometimes with worms too. Cleaning itself is a big deal. But my MIL does everything patiently and gives me few kgs whenever we visit Salem. 

After trying so many combinations, my MIL is fixed with this ratio of rice and dal (6:1) to make soft idli and crispy dosa batter using ration rice. So I too follow the same and get good results every time. The biggest problem with ration rice idli is its pale color, sticky in texture with musty smell (We call it as Oora naatham in Tamil). To avoid this & to get white colored idli without any smell, we must wash the rice at least 5 to 6 times before soaking and thrice after soaking. Similarly the quality of ration rice keeps changing. 

Based on that we make idli dosa in two ways by changing the ratio of rice and dal. I have given both of them below. You can follow the ratio of 6:1 (rice : urad dal) if you use grinder. If you want to use our Indian mixie for grinding the batter, use 4:1 ratio. I hope this post will help the people who are using ration rice for the first time. By following this recipe, you can make soft idli, crispy dosa, paniyaram, uthappam and appam with the same batter. Ok, lets move on to the recipe below.

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How To make Idli Using Ration Rice

How To make Idli Using Ration Rice

How to make soft idli and crispy dosa batter with ration rice

Cuisine: Tamil
Category: Breakfast
Serves: 30
Prep time: 12 Hours
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 12H10 Minutes

1 cup = 250ml
  • Ration idli rice / Puzhungal arisi - 3 cups OR Ration idli rice + ration raw rice – 1.5 cups each
  • White, round urad dal - 1/2 cup
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
  1. Wash the ration idli rice 5 to 6 times to remove the dust. Soak for 4 to 5 hours adding fenugreek seeds. Wash and soak urad dal for 1 hour.
  2. Drain the soaked water and wash twice again to remove the bad smell of rice.
  3. Grind the rice to a smooth paste adding clean water. Remove the rice batter in a big vessel.
  4. Grind the soaked urad dal adding required water. Add water gradually and make smooth, fluffy batter.
  5. Add to the rice batter and mix with your hands. Ferment it over night or minimum 12 hours.
  6. The next day, add salt and mix the batter well. Make idli in a plate and steam it for 10 to 15 minutes. Rest it for 5 minutes and then remove the idli.
  7. To make dosa, take the required batter in a vessel. Add little water. Spread thin dosa in a pan and cook till done. Fold and remove. Serve soft idli and crispy dosa with chutney , sambar. Enjoy !
  • Wash the ratio idli rice 5 to 6 times thoroughly with your hands till the water becomes clear without any debris or dust. Remove the husk, black particles while washing the rice. Discard it.
  • Soak the rice in enough water for 4 to 5 hours.  Color of the rice becomes white after soaking. To avoid the musty smell from the rice, again wash the soaked rice twice or thrice before grinding. how to make idli with ration rice how to make idli with ration rice
  • Wash and soak urad dal + fenugreek seeds for 2 hours. how to make idli with ration rice
  • After soaking, rice looks white in color. Now drain the soaked water to remove the musty smell in rice. Wash it twice or thrice based on the smell. Add fresh, clean water and grind to a smooth paste. It takes 25 to 30 minutes approx for grinding. ( If you have the practice of grinding dal first, you can grind the urad dal and then rice).

  • Remove the rice batter in a big vessel. Do not add salt while grinding rice If you live in cold countries. ( Salt delays fermentation). Grind the soaked urad dal to a fluffy, spongy batter by sprinkling water gradually. It takes 20 minutes approx.

  • Mix the urad dal batter with rice batter with your hands. (Do not add salt If you live in cold countries or during winter season because salt delays fermentation process. If you are in hot place or during summer season, you can add salt in the batter while mixing or grinding.)
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  • Close the vessel with a lid. Let the idli batter ferment over night or minimum 12 hours. The next morning, batter would have become sour and raised well or sometimes doubled based on the weather.
  • how to make idli with ration rice
  • The next morning add salt if you haven’t added it. Mix the batter well. Check the batter consistency. Add little water if the batter is too thick. Grease idli plate with oil. Pour the batter. Keep the idli plate over the boiling water in idli pot. Steam it for 10 to 15 minutes. Switch off the flame. Remove the idli plate and rest it for 5 minutes. Then take the idli using a small ladle or spoon.
  • how to make idli with ration rice

  • To make dosa, take the required batter in a bowl. Add little water to adjust the consistency. Spread thin or thick dosa as you like on a hot dosa pan. Cook both sides, fold and remove.
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    Enjoy this soft idli and dosa with your favorite chutney and sambar!


  • You can either use idli rice alone or ration idli rice + ration raw rice in equal quantities. Both works for me.
  • The ratio of rice and dal is 6:1.

Try this soft idli batter using ration rice at home and enjoy with your favorite chutney and sambar !

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Padma said...

Thanks dear.. most expected post...I've been trying lot of proportions as am buying ration rice every month..let me try this and tel u...

Chitra said...

Thank you. Hope this will work for you :)

Unknown said...

I have a doubt... U mentioned the ratio 6:1... But in ingredients your given ratio is 9:1

bala said...

Is ration rice is good for health? can we eat daily?

Chitra said...

Hi, it's not 9:1 . I have given 3 cups of anyone rice or 1.5 cups each of 2 rice varieties. So its 6:1 only.

Chitra said...

Hi, sorry I am not sure about this. We don't consume it everyday.

Alphonse said...

You can never get white thumba poo pola idly from ration rice

harini said...

Hi Chitra nice recipe.while washing ration rice put some rock salt and nicely press the rice and wash it removes stickiness and improves colour of the idli.

Chitra said...

Thank you so much for your tips Harini. Will try soon :)