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idli batter fermentation



Idli Batter Fermentation is an essential process needed to prepare the traditional South Indian dish, Idli. During fermentation, the lentils and rice are soaked, ground to form a batter, and then left to ferment for several hours. The fermentation process enhances the nutritional value of the idlis and adds a distinctive tangy flavour to the dish. The process also helps the batter rise and become fluffy, giving the idlis their characteristic soft and spongy texture.

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idli rice or parboiled rice

2 cups

whole urad dal (black gram)

1 cup

poha (flattened rice)/cooked rice

1/4 cup

fenugreek seeds (methi)

1 teaspoon

Salt to taste



Step 1:

Soak the rice and urad dal separately for at least 6 hours.

Step 2:

Grind the urad dal with enough water till it becomes fluffy.

Step 3:

Grind the soaked rice to a slightly coarse paste.

Step 4:

Combine the two mixtures and add salt.

Step 5:

Cover and let it ferment for 8 to 12 hours or overnight.

Step 6:

The fermented batter is now ready for cooking. The fermentation time will vary depending on the temperature and humidity of your region.

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