First and foremost there are two ways to make the instant poha idlis both of which am sharing below . Both methods are very useful to make instant idlis . While both make instant idlis , one is a recipe for the dry mix which you can carry or store with you in a container to be used when ever you need quick tiffin . Before more confusion do read below and choose your method ! Both methods have their uses.
1 cup thin white beaten rice / aval / avalakki / poha
1 cup fine idli rice rava ( idli rice rava is like semolina but made of idli rice and available in stores easily )
3/4 tsp of Eno fruit salt or pinch of baking soda ( I prefer eno )
Salt as required for the batter
Buttermilk enough to soak the poha
Little thick yogurt to make final batter .
First soak the poha in buttermilk and keep aside for 5 minutes .
Then mash it well with a ladle till poha buttermilk mixture is smooth or blend it in mixer without adding too much water . ( Blending in mixie is not required as the poha soaks well in the buttermilk and becomes very soft . )
Add the idli rice rava and salt ( plain not Eno ) to the mixture .
The idli rava and poha buttermilk mixture will be thick , add some yogurt enough to make thick idli batter . ( not to be runny ).
Keep the idli plates greased and ready .
Just before making idlis add the fruit salt to the batter and stir well . Add little more yogurt if the batter appears thick , It will become light and little frothy . Now quickly spoon the batter to greased idli plates and steam like normal idlis for 6-8 minutes .
Soft poha idlis are ready . Wait for steamer to cool a bit before easing out soft idlis .
Serve with your favourite accompaniments
Add Eno just before making idlis and don't rest batter after adding either baking soda or Eno .
Recipe to make the instant poha idli mix in advance ( powder form )!
Take equal measures of poha ( thin variety ) and idli rice rava .
Powder the poha in a mixie till it is fine like semolina .
Now mix both the idli rice rava and poha rava .
Store this mixture for use .
How to use the mix
Take required quantity of the instant poha idli mix , add yogurt or even sour buttermilk , pinch of salt ( not added to mix earlier ) , pinch of Eno fruit salt and make a batter for idli like mentioned above .
Don't rest this mixture, spoon to greased idli plates and steam .
Instant poha idlis are ready .
The second method is for those who want to carry the mix and make idlis .
Both methods are equally easy and instant .
The dry mix is good to make instant dhoklas too , just add green chili ginger paste to batter and steam .
Dry idli mix
Store the mix .