Poha Idli/Instant Poha Idli Recipe

how to make poha idli
Poha idli/instant poha idli are soft ,spongy and delicious idlis made from poha/flattened rice.Poha idli is an amazing  and perfect breakfast option for your busy mornings as they are instant and can be made within 20 minutes.No fermentation required.Poha Idlis are super soft and taste so yummy .You can enjoy them with chutney and sambar of your choice  .I served it with brinjal sambar which I  will share soon
how to make instant poha idli

There is another version of Poha Idli with urad dal which I will share later  this is quick and instant version so thought of sharing it first  šŸ˜‹
Poha idlis can be a perfect breakfast option when you are pressed with time .Since it doesn't require fermentation  you can quickly make it .They are pretty easy to make and are soft and delicious.

poha idli without urad dal
1/2 cup poha/flattened rice
1/2 cup rava/Idli rava
1 cup slightly sour curds/yogurt/dahi
1 sachet eno fruit salt/pinch of baking soda
salt to taste


  • Wash the poha and drain the water .
  • Mix poha and curds in a bowl and keep aside for 10 minutes
  • Grind to paste adding little water if required ,I didn't add.
  • Add rava and mix well and keep aside for 5 to 7 min 
  • Add salt mix well.

  • Add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup water and mix ,the batter needs to be  thick dropping consistency not too thin or runny
  • Grease the idli plate with oil and put water in the idli steamer and close the idli steamer and let the water boil on high flame .

  • Just before you are ready to steam it add fruit salt/soda and mix quickly fill the batter in the idli plates mould and steam 10 to 12 min
  • Serve with coconut chutney and sambar .

aval idli


  • I  have used thick variety of poha/flattened rice,thin poha can be used as well
  • You can mix the poha with curds and mash it after 15 min using spoon or fork or alternatively grind it to paste like I did.
  • Adding eno fruit salt or baking soda is optional but it ensures the idlis are soft and spongy
  • you can use idli rava/rice rava I prefer Semolina though .

instant idli recipe

adapted from here 

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  1. looks super soft and delicious idlis..

  2. Instant versions are always welcome for the busy mornings