Ragi Idli

For Day 3 here is R for Ragi Idli. I like that it is diabetic friendly and was suggested by S. I thought that was quite a turn around for a Ragi hater. :) 

We had this for breakfast today and keeping in view that we have never tasted Ragi Idlis before, they were received with great skepticism (But I was guaranteed there wouldn't be any dirty looks at the breakfast table :)).  

I was a little disappointed that the batter didn't ferment as well as I was expecting and so the idlis didn't turn out too fluffy but they were not hard either.

Ingredients - 

Ragi Flour / Finger Millet Flour 1 cup
Urad Dal 1/2 cup
Idli Rava 1/4 cup
Salt as needed

Ragi Idli

Method Of Preparation -

Soak Urad dal for about 2-3 hrs. Soak Idli rava and Ragi flour for about 30 min.

Grind Urad dal into a fine batter adding as little water as needed. Add the soaked idli rava and ragi flour and whip it into the batter.

Add salt to the batter and let it ferment overnight in a warm place.

After the batter is fermented, pour ladleful batter into the idli moulds and steam for about 15-17 min.

Let it cool and unmould the idlis and serve with a chutney of your preference. 

We enjoyed it with Peanut chutney. 

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Preparation Time (Soaking Time 2 hrs+ Grinding 10 min Resting Time 8 hrs + Steaming Time 15 min)
Makes 16 idlis


  1. Champa Says:
  2. My mother used to soak urad dal and rice and grind together and mix with ragi flour. Yours looks much lighter color than what I remember. My husband hates anything that is Ragi anyway. I use it only when my in laws are here.

  3. Very nutritious idlis. They look so soft...

  4. Looks awesome harini!! Fluffy n healthy idlies!! peanut chutney is my all-time favorite!!!!

  5. Unknown Says:
  6. wow this is awesome..hv to try this...sounds easy and healthy.

  7. Jayanthi Says:
  8. Super nutritious...I haven't tried ragi idlis...high time I try it now.

  9. rajani Says:
  10. I have had ragi dosa before, never tried them in idlis. Looks nice.

  11. Unknown Says:
  12. We make these more often than regular ones nowadays! Looks great Harini!

  13. so healthy and fluffy..must be yum!!!

  14. Priya Suresh Says:
  15. Apart me,none at home love this nutritious idlis..Looks super spongy and yummy..

  16. Degchi Says:
  17. Idly's looks soft and fluffy.

  18. Healthy and delicious Idly..looks so soft.

  19. Pavani Says:
  20. Great way to incorporate ragi into our diets. LOL on the dirty looks part.

  21. Anonymous Says:
  22. idly looks delicious and soft

  23. delicious looking soft idly

  24. nice n healthy idlis..yumm

  25. Vardhini Says:
  26. Healthy idlis.


  27. Srivalli Says:
  28. The idlis look very soft to me, maybe you can make the batter little more thinner?..I have one version that does turn out soft..again with ground urad dal..

  29. Myvegfare Says:
  30. Lovely Idlis, I have not tried them, as my Hubby hates Ragi my kids are ok with few dishes I make, may be I should try it out in small quantity and see how it goes, lovely clicks

  31. Suma Gandlur Says:
  32. I don't think they raise as much as the regular ones do. Changing the ratio of rice/rava and ragi or adding a little baking soda before steaming idlis may work. I too haven't added soda for ragi idlis but I think I should see now how it works.
    BTW, ragi dosas come out excellently.

  33. I discovered ragi only after I stared blogging..havent used it much inspite of knowing how healthy it is...look at those spongy idlis..they look so inviting!!

  34. Padmajha Says:
  35. Nice color..I usually add ragi flour to isli batter.

  36. preeti garg Says:
  37. prfect idli

  38. Kalyani Says:
  39. lovely recipe.. another healthy option for breakfast. bookmarking this !

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