Idli dosa batter

Sharing all the tips and tricks to get the perfect idli dosa batter at home. It sounds too much work, but it’s not. Once you start making batter at home, you will never want to buy batter from outside. This might not be a traditional way of making the batter but works for me. I have been making dosa idli batter at home for more than 5 years now. And please read all the notes mentioned below, it will help a lot. Attaching stepwise pictures for reference. You can also check the consistency video of the batter on my Instagram post. Please feel free to drop your questions in the comments below.

You can also check aloo masala, coconut chutney and tomato chutney recipe that goes very well with dosa or idli.


1 cup urad dal
2 cups of rice
One handful of poha
Salt to taste


Wash dal and rice 3 to 4 times using water. Wash poha once using water. Soak them together in enough water for 5 to 6 hours or overnight. Grind them. Cover and keep the batter in a warm dark place for fermentation. Once batter is ready, add salt and use as required.


* The batter needs to be thick otherwise it won’t ferment. So be careful when you add water while grinding. Don’t add too much in a go. Thin batter won’t ferment. This is the most important thing to remember while making the batter.

* I use my mixer grinder to make the batter which tends to get heated so I use chilled water to make the batter.

* Once the batter is ready, use your hands to mix it. Mix really really well, it helps in fermentation.

* I have used kolam rice this time, you can use dosa rice, sona masuri rice or whatever rice you is available. I have never tried with basmati rice though.

* Whole urad dal can also be used to make the batter.

* I wrap the batter in my woollen shawl and keep inside my microwave, one hour with lights on and then overnight with light off.

* It takes 8 to 10 hours during summers to ferment (sometimes less) and more during winters.

* I avoid adding salt before fermentation during summers. The batter turns little sour.

* Earlier I used to add 3/4 cup urad dal, now I add 1 cup urad dal and it works well too.

* You can also use 2.5 cups of rice, 1 cup urad dal and 2 handfuls of poha. But this quantity is a little too much for our family so I use the above-mentioned measurement only.

Please let me know if you try this out. You can share pictures with me on my Facebook or Instagram page.

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