How To Make Idli Dosa Batter Using Mixer Grinder

How To Make Idli Dosa Batter Using Mixer Grinder

Just the mere mention of the words ‘South Indian breakfast’ would immediately make you think of the piping hot and soft as a cotton idlis and the crispy and delectable dosas, right? And it is not a surprise why? These are the two most popular food items from the southern part of India and are much loved by all. 

Idli and dosa have a reputation for being among the healthiest breakfast foods. They are gluten-free, rich in probiotics, vegan, and more. Apart from being healthy, they are undeniably delicious and the most comforting food in the world. 

While you may enjoy idli and dosa, the taste and texture of these delicacies greatly depend on how well the batter is made. After all, the batter is the most critical aspect of making a delicious idli and dosa. If you want to enjoy fluffy idli and crispy dosa, you must get the right batter consistency. 

Traditionally, people in India made the idli batter using a grinding stone, and then came the wet grinder. But today, considering the space constraints in modern kitchens, it is not possible for everyone to have a wet grinder. 

So, if you are wondering how to make the idli and dosa batter at home, you have come to the right place. In this blog, we discuss tips for using a mixer grinder for dosa batter. 

  • First and foremost, if you are using a mixer or a mixie, as it is commonly called in India, you must be careful about the soaking time of the rice and the lentils. It is better to keep the ingredients soaked for at least 8-10 hours or, even better, leave them soaked overnight. 
  • This step is paramount because it helps in making the grinding process easier, without having to run your mixer continuously for a longer period. And if you are using a premium quality mixer like the Elato FMG 204 1000W Mixer Grinder offered by Wipro Appliances, you can be assured that its powerful 1000W motor and the robust blades help you grind faster without compromising on the quality of the batter, and get the exact texture and consistency you need. 
  • While using a mixer grinder for idli batter making, make sure that you use the mixer in short bursts. This is important because when you run the appliance for a longer period, the heat generated from it can affect the batter’s fermentation process. This in turn, can have a significant impact on the quality of the batter and the end taste of the idli or dosa you make with it. 
  • Whether you are using the Elato FMG 204 1000W Mixer Grinder or any other mixer model, while grinding the batter for idli and dosa, make sure to use only cold water. This will help negate the heat generated from the mixer and keep the quality of the batter impact. 
  • Another important thing to remember while making mixie idli batter is that when you grind the lentils or dal, don’t add all the water at once. This will make the batter runny instead of being fluffy. So, as you grind, add the water little by little so that you get that fluffy consistency you need. 
  • Also, don't stop grinding immediately once the lentil batter is smooth. Instead, add water gradually and grind a few more times in short bursts. 
  • Unlike grinding the lentils to a smooth consistency, you must grind the rice to a coarse consistency. It should have a rawa or semolina-like consistency. 
  • Once you have finished grinding the mixie idli batter, allow it to ferment at room temperature for 8-10 hours or overnight. If you live in a cold region like the north or Europe where you get snow, keeping the batter in the oven with the lights on is advisable. 
  • Even after following the above steps correctly, if your batter doesn’t turn out as you want and is not as fluffy as it should be, don’t worry! Sometimes, this could happen because of the quality of the rice or lentils you use. If the lentils or rice are not good quality, the batter may not become fluffy. So, to avoid this, ensure that you use good-quality rice and dal. 
  • The consistency of the batter can go wrong if the water you use is hard and has a high salt content. If you get hard water from the tap, don’t use it. Instead, use filter water or grind the idli dosa batter. Also, using hard water can affect the colour of the batter and make it look pale instead of pure white. 
  • If you are making idli and dosa batter using a mixer grinder, don’t lose hope if you don’t get it right the first time. You may have to do it a couple of times to know exactly the right proportions of the ingredients and the mixer run time to get the fluffy batter perfectly done. 

So, there you go—you have the tips and tricks you need to make idli and dosa batter in a mixer grinder. The process is quite simple and easier than you would imagine. All you have to do is use good-quality ingredients and be aware of the tiny details that can make a big difference. 

Use these mixer grinders for dosa batter tips the next time you make a batter at home and feast on delicious and soft idlis or crispy dosas. 

If you are looking for the best mixer grinder, you can consider buying the Elato FMG 204 1000W Mixer Grinder offered by Wipro Appliances. Its cutting-edge DFB (Deep Flow Breaker) Technology allows you to get efficient grinding results in minimum time. Also, the high-grade 100% stainless steel high-capacity jars of 1500 ml, 1200 ml, and 500 ml allow you to grind a high volume of ingredients easily and quickly. 

While the Elato FMG 204 1000W Mixer Grinder is easy to operate, you must be aware of the following dos and don’ts to get the best grinding results every time you use it.


  • When you purchase the mixer grinder, read through the user manual before you start using it to familiarize yourself with the mixer and its different features.
  • Before turning on the mixer grinder, ensure it is firmly grounded on the surface.
  • Follow the user instructions carefully with regard to the duration of the usage. Using the mixer in short bursts is better than running it continuously for a long time.
  • Clean the jars, blades, and mixer grinder itself regularly or after every use to maintain hygiene and prevent cross-contamination.
  • Ensure that you lubricate the motor periodically to extend its durability and get optimal performance. 


  • While using the mixer grinder, keep the children in the house at a safe distance from the appliance for their safety purposes.
  • Avoid inserting anything inside the jar while the mixer grinder is running.
  • Never try to open the lid while the mixer is running. Always keep it secured tightly before starting the mixer and throughout the period while you keep it on.
  • Never operate the mixer grinder if your hands are wet. Pat your hand dry while operating it.
  • Don’t overload the jar beyond its capacity.
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