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I have been struggling with making soft idlis. I live in the US. I have tried many recipes but none of them gave soft idlis. I suspect it might be because of the grainy batter. I am using Ninja blender to grind daal and rice (separately). Any recommendations for good mixie so that my batter is smooth? Also, do I need to special rice (sona masuri) for idli/poha? I use basmati rice.

  • Welcome to SA! Please ask one question at a time. SInce you asked three, I'm going to answer the first one. – FuzzyChef Jan 14 at 5:56
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If you really want smooth idly batter, you need to use a Wet Grinder, like an Elgi. The rotary grinding stone action of these produces a much smoother, stickier batter than any blender can. They're also good for making chocolate.

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