mallige idli recipe | kushboo idli | how to make soft rice idli

mallige idli recipe | kushboo idli | how to make soft rice idli with detailed photo and video recipe. a popular and soft idli variation from the karnataka or tamil cuisine is made from rice and urad dal. this idli variation is widely appreciated breakfast recipe, especially in bangalore and mysore region. it is typically served with idli sambar and with a choice of chutney recipes.
kushboo idlimallige idli recipe | kushboo idli | how to make soft rice idli with step by step photo and video recipe. idli recipes are a staple breakfast recipe for many south indian and also for others across india. originally it was just rice based cake, but lately, it has seen many variations and can be prepared with various ingredients. one such popular idli recipe from kannada cuisine is mallige idli or jasmine idli.

i have posted several idli recipes till now in my blog and most of them are either instant or with idli rava. i am not a huge fan of rice and urad dal based idli recipes as it takes lot effort in grinding and soaking. hence i always fall back to idli rava and urad dal based idli recipe. but once in a while, i do prepare this recipe of mallige idli which is my husband’s favourite recipe. basically, the main difference between the normal idli with this recipe is it is much softer and fluffy in texture. moreover, it has a distinct white colour which apparently gives the name of mallige or jasmine. further, the same idli is known as kushboo idli after the popular tamil actress kushboo.

mallige idli recipe

the recipe for mallige idli recipe is extremely simple with basic ingredients, yet some tips to make it perfect. firstly, i have used thick poha and soaked it with urad dal as poha makes the idli soft and fluffy. alternatively, you can also use thin poha or puffed rice which does not require soaking and can be added directly to grounding. secondly, i have used idli rice for this recipe and it is heavily recommended for this recipe. you can also use sona masuri but use it only if you do not have access to. lastly, for soft and fluffy idli, the key factor is fermentation. the batter has to be properly fermented and raised, so keep it in a warm and dry place.

at last, i request you to check my other south indian idli recipes collection with this post of mallige idli recipe. it includes recipes like, thatte idli, poha idli, idli with idli rava, idli with cooked rice, semiya idli, bread idli and rava idli recipe. further, i also request you to check my other related recipes collection like,

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mallige idli recipe | kushboo idli | how to make soft rice idli

4.09 from 23 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Fermentation Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 35 idli
AUTHOR: Hebbars Kitchen
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: karnataka
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easy mallige idli recipe | kushboo idli | how to make soft rice idli

Ingredients

  • 1 cup urad dal
  • 1 cup poha / aval / avalakki / flattened rice, thick
  • 2 cup idli rice or sona masuri rice
  • water for soaking
  • 1 tsp salt
  • oil for greasing

Instructions

  • firstly, in a large bowl take 1 cup urad dal and 1 cup poha.
  • soak for 4 hours adding enough water.
  • in another bowl soak 2 cup idli rice and soak for 5 hours.
  • drain off the water and transfer urad dal - poha into the blender.
  • blend to smooth and fluffy batter adding water as required.
  • transfer the urad dal batter to a large mixing bowl.
  • in the blender take soaked idli rice, make sure to drain off the water completely.
  • blend to slightly coarse paste as of rava texture.
  • transfer the rice batter to the same mixing bowl.
  • mix well, making sure the batter is combined well.
  • now cover and rest in warm place for 8-10 hours or till the batter ferments and doubles.
  • after 8 hours, batter doubles indicating well fermented with air pockets present.
  • add 1 tsp salt to the batter and mix gently without disturbing the air pockets.
  • now grease the idli plate with oil.
  • scoop the batter into idli plate greased with oil.
  • place in steamer and steam for 12 minutes on medium flame or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • finally, soft mallige idli / kushboo idli is ready to be served along with chutney and sambar.

how to make kushboo idli with step by step photo:

  1. firstly, in a large bowl take 1 cup urad dal and 1 cup poha.
    mallige idli recipe
  2. soak for 4 hours adding enough water.
    mallige idli recipe
  3. in another bowl soak 2 cup idli rice and soak for 4-5 hours. if you do not have idli rice use sona masuri rice or any raw rice.
    mallige idli recipe
  4. drain off the water and transfer urad dal – poha into the blender.
    mallige idli recipe
  5. blend to smooth and fluffy batter adding water as required.
    mallige idli recipe
  6. transfer the urad dal batter to a large mixing bowl.
    mallige idli recipe
  7. in the blender take soaked idli rice, make sure to drain off the water completely.
    mallige idli recipe
  8. blend to slightly coarse paste as of rava texture.
    kushboo idli
  9. transfer the rice batter to the same mixing bowl.
    kushboo idli
  10. mix well, making sure the batter is combined well.
    kushboo idli
  11. now cover and rest in warm place for 8-10 hours or till the batter ferments and doubles.
    kushboo idli
  12. after 8 hours, batter doubles indicating well fermented with air pockets present.
    kushboo idli
  13. add 1 tsp salt to the batter and mix gently without disturbing the air pockets.
    how to make soft rice idli
  14. now grease the idli plate with oil.
    how to make soft rice idli
  15. scoop the batter into idli plate greased with oil.
    how to make soft rice idli
  16. place in steamer and steam for 12 minutes on medium flame or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
    how to make soft rice idli
  17. finally, soft mallige idli / kushboo idli is ready to be served along with chutney and sambar.
    mallige idli recipe

notes:

  • firstly, make sure to blend urad dal into very soft and fluffy batter.
  • also, if you do not have idli rice then check out idli with idli rava recipe.
  • additionally, a fermenting batter is very important for soft and fluffy idli.
  • furthermore, poha can be replaced with sabudana or both can be added.
  • finally, soft mallige idli / kushboo idli batter can be refrigerated for 2-3 days and steam idlis when required.
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