Instant Spongy Idli Recipe (no soaking-no fermentation) | How to make Spongy Idly

Instant Spongy Idli is a quick and easy version of the traditional South Indian dish, made without the need for soaking or fermentation. The recipe for Instant Spongy Idli is as follows:


  • 1 cup of idli rice
  • 1 cup of urad dal (split black lentils)
  • 1 tsp of fenugreek seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as needed


  1. Rinse the idli rice and urad dal separately and soak them along with fenugreek seeds in enough water for 4-5 hours.
  2. Drain the water and grind the idli rice and urad dal separately to a fine batter. Mix the two batters together and add salt to taste.
  3. Add water if necessary to get a pourable consistency. The batter should be of dropping consistency.
  4. Grease the idli plates with oil or ghee and pour the batter into the plates.
  5. Steam the idlis in an idli steamer or pressure cooker for 10-15 minutes or until they are cooked through.
  6. Once the idlis are cooked, remove them from the steamer and let them cool for a few minutes before removing them from the idli plates.
  7. Serve the instant spongy idlis hot with sambar or chutney.

This is a instant idli recipe, which can be made in a jiffy, it is a great option for those who don’t have time to wait for the traditional idli batter to ferment. The instant idlis are soft, spongy and delicious, and they can be enjoyed as a breakfast, lunch or dinner.






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