Short and opaque this rice is perfect for making idli. While any kind of rice can be used for making dosai, idli is a different matter altogether. When the rice is soaked and ground it should give a good amount of ground batter. Idly Ponni or IR 20 are the commonly used varieties of rice used for making idli.
PS: A friend on FB says the idli rice is called Kalla Muthu.
The process of soaking the rice and making idli is detailed in this post.
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