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Idli Recipe - Instant Pot

Idli is a common south Indian delicacy and a predominant breakfast option for a lot of people. I plan to show you how you can prepare this with the Instant Pot. Not just cooking them but also preparing the batter with this little kitchen gadget.
Prep Time4 hrs
Cook Time15 mins
ferment time9 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Vegan
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 120kcal
Author: Uma Srinivas



To make Idli batter:

  • Wash the dal and rice in clean water, and soak them in separate bowls for 4-6 hours.
  • Strain the water and blend the rice and dal separately adding just a little water.
  • Mix the dal and rice batter very well and add salt.
  • Now pour the batter into the inner pot in Instant Pot (Alternatively, you could also place the batter in a warm place in the kitchen)
  • Press the yogurt setting in Instant Pot and let it sit for about 9 hours.
  • Idli batter will be fermented and ready for cooking. Gently stir once.
    A pot of batter

Directions to prepare Idli

  • Transfer the fermented batter to a bowl and add water to the (cleaned) inner pot and turn on the saute mode to boil the water.
  • While the water is heating, grease the Idli molds with oil.
  • Add a small amount of batter in each mold and stack them in Instant Pot.
    Batter and Idli
  • Close the lid and keep the Instant Pot in a steam mode in the venting position. The timer function on the instant pot does not work in the venting position. So you have to use a separate timer.
  • In 12- 14 minutes, Idli will be ready.
    A pot with food in it, with Idli
  • Repeat this for the remaining batter.
  • Hot Steaming Idlis are ready to be served! Pair them with coconut chutney or sambar for a delectable experience.


IMPORTANT: Normally it takes anywhere from 9-12 hours for the batter to ferment naturally, in warm temperatures. Use Instant Pot for fermenting batter during the winter.
Use warm water to soak the grains during the winter season. Even use warm water to blend the grains for the faster and fluffy batter.


Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Fiber: 7g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 3mg