Instant Recipes: How to Make Flattened Rice Idli (Poha Idli)

Updated on March 22, 2018
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An Instant Breakfast For All

Idli is a very popular breakfast dish in India. Typically making the regular rice and white lentil idli requires the batter to be made a few hours before, and the batter has to be fermented. But, this flattened rice idli can be made instantly.

Flattened rice idli is very soft, porous, spongy, and tasty. It took me about 35 minutes to make it for four people. Flattened rice, rice rava (idli semolina), curds, and cooking soda are the main ingredients used here.

I served hot idlis with a spicy red onion-coconut chutney. You can serve it with any other spicy sauce, sambar, or chutney too. This idli remains soft and spongy even when cold. You can pack it for the lunch box too.

Now, let me share the recipe of flattened rice idli/poha idli.

Flattened Rice Idli/Poha Idli

5 stars for Flattened Rice Idli/Poha Idli

Cook Time

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 16 idlis

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flattened rice, extra thin variety
  • 1 1/2 cups rice rava/idli rava/rice semolina
  • 2 cups curds/yogurt, moderate sour
  • 1/4 tsp salt, or as per taste
  • 1/2 tsp cooking soda, or fruit salt. I used Eno fruit salt
  • oil to grease idli moulds

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making Flattened Rice Idli (Poha Idli)

  • Soak flattened rice in one cup curds. Set aside for 15-20 minutes.
  • Wash rice rava(semolina). Soak it in remaining curds. Set aside for 15-20 minutes.
  • Next, mash the flattened rice. It will look like thick batter.
  • Also, whisk soaked rice rava-curd mix. Add mashed flattened rice to it. Add salt.
  • Mix them together. This is the batter. If the batter is thick, add some water to bring it to idli batter consistency.
  • In the mean while, grease idli moulds with some oil. Arrange the steamer for making the idlis.
  • Add cooking soda or fruit salt to the batter. Gently mix it. Quickly pour 2-3 table spoons of this batter into each greased mould.
  • Heat the steamer. Arrange the stand inside and close the lid. If you are using a pressure cooker to make this, no need to place the weight.
  • Steam-cook on medium high heat for 10-11 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  • Open the lid after 2-3 minutes. Take out the moulds. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool down a little.
  • Separate the idlis with the help of a spoon handle. Arrange them on a plate.
  • Hot and spongy flattened rice idlis are ready to serve! Serve 3 of them in a plate with a spicy onion-coconut chutney or any other hot sauce/sambar/chutney.
  • Enjoy eating these soft and fluffy idlis for the breakfast!

Step one: Gather all the ingredients.
Step one: Gather all the ingredients.
Step two: Soak flattened rice(poha) and rice rava separately in one cup each of curds. Set aside for 15-20 minutes.
Step two: Soak flattened rice(poha) and rice rava separately in one cup each of curds. Set aside for 15-20 minutes.
Step three: Mash soaked flattened rice.
Step three: Mash soaked flattened rice.
Step four: Add it to the soaked rice rava mix. Add some salt. Mix well. This is the batter for making the idlis.
Step four: Add it to the soaked rice rava mix. Add some salt. Mix well. This is the batter for making the idlis.
Step five: The batter.
Step five: The batter.
Step six: Grease the idli moulds. Heat the steamer.
Step six: Grease the idli moulds. Heat the steamer.
Step seven: Add cooking soda to the batter. Gently stir the batter. Quickly pour 2-3 table spoons of the batter into each mould.
Step seven: Add cooking soda to the batter. Gently stir the batter. Quickly pour 2-3 table spoons of the batter into each mould.
Step eight: Place the idli stand inside the steamer. Close the lid. If you are using pressure cooker, don't place the weight.
Step eight: Place the idli stand inside the steamer. Close the lid. If you are using pressure cooker, don't place the weight.
The cooker having idli stand inside. Keep the heat medium-high. Steam-cook up to 10-11 minutes. Next, turn off the heat. Open the lid after 2-3 minutes.
The cooker having idli stand inside. Keep the heat medium-high. Steam-cook up to 10-11 minutes. Next, turn off the heat. Open the lid after 2-3 minutes.
Take the idli stand out. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool down a little.
Take the idli stand out. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool down a little.
Separate the idlis from the moulds with the help of a spoon handle.
Separate the idlis from the moulds with the help of a spoon handle.
Serve 3-4 hot idlis with a spicy onion-coconut chutney or any other hot chutney/sauce/sambar.
Serve 3-4 hot idlis with a spicy onion-coconut chutney or any other hot chutney/sauce/sambar.
Enjoy eating these soft, spongy, and tasty idlis!
Enjoy eating these soft, spongy, and tasty idlis!

Nutritional Information of Flattened Rice Idli/Poha Idli

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 88
Calories from Fat9
% Daily Value *
Fat 1 g2%
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 18 g6%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 6 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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      ShailaSheshadri 6 weeks ago from Bengaluru

      Thanks. It is onion-coconut chutney. To make it, you have to grind grated coconut, dry red chillies, very little coriander seeds, onions, tamarind, some fried gram, and salt together, adding some water. Collect the paste in a bowl. Next, make a tempering and mix it with the chutney.

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      mannu2403 6 weeks ago

      how did you make the chatney?

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