Soft Mung Bean Microwave Idli Recipe
Recipe type: Side
RecipeCuisine: South Indian
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recipeIngredient (used american measuring cup, 1 cup = 250 ml)
For Idli Batter:
  • 2 cups old rice ( I have used old long grained rice)
  • ½ cup white urad dal (split black gram)
  • ½ cup green mung
  • 2 tbsp fenugreek seed (optional)
  • 1 cup water while soaking the rice + 4 tbsp water while grinding
  • salt as per taste
For Making Idlis:
  • Idli Steamer or microwave idli stand
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tbsp oil
How to make the recipe?
  1. Wash the rice along with urad dal and green mung. Soak in 1 cup of water Or add more if required. If using fenugreek seed soak them in little water separately. Soak all of them overnight.
  2. Next day grind them into a smooth batter. Add some salt and little waterwhile grinding them. If using soaked fenugreek add them too while grinding the batter.
  3. Ensure you don't add too much water as for idlis we require thick batter.
  4. Place the batter into a humid place covered with a lid. Allow to rise and double up this process can take about 3 hours Or more. If the weather is hot it will rise up sooner if cold it might take a few more hours. Once it doubles up place them in fridge otherwise the fermentation and rising process will be continued. This might spoil your batter.
  5. Take idli moulds rub some oil on all moulds. Place them on the base as you see in the pic below. Add little water ensuring it doesn't touches below moulds.
  6. Cover them with a lid.
  7. Microwave on high power for 3 mins Or until skewer some out clean. Please don't over cook as the idlis will get hardened otherwise.
  8. Allow to cool don't touch the idli maker bare hand. Take help of gloves and don't take your face near to it. As the water creates a lot of heat and the idli stands are quite hot. So allow to cool take help of knife and run around the edges of moulds. The idlis will come out easily. Serve hot with chutney Or sambar. I sometimes just add a dash of butter and black pepper powder it tastes great.
1. You can add all of the above ingredients to soften your idlis.
2. Ensure you don't over cook the idlis else they will be hard to chew.
3. Allow the idlis to coll down before unoulding them.
4. Sprinkle little black pepper powder and salt on the idlis. It will taste super yum. My sis eats that way.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: Serves: cannot be determined as it depends on size
Recipe by Flavors of Mumbai at