BM #94 Week 1 Day 2 - 

These days I have been substituting rice with a variety of millets. Today I have an idli with Kodo millet made with kodo millet and urad dal. The batter is easy to grind and it ferments beautifully as well.

Recently I have had friends talk about using millets in their diet and my parents have already started using millets on a daily basis. The 'back to the roots' movement has caught on, so to say. 

So it is definitely useful to catalog all the millet recipes so we have all recipes at one place.

Recipe Source - handout by AP Government 
Ingredients -

Kodo Millet 1 cup
Urad Dal 1/2 cup
Poha handful
Methi Seeds 1/2 tsp
Salt as needed

Note - If the batter is not sufficiently fermented, add half teaspoon of ENO fruit salt to the batter just before pouring into the idli plates.

Method Of Preparation -

Wash and soak Kodo millet and Poha for about 4 hours.

Wash and soak Urad Dal and fenugreek seeds for about 4 hours.

Drain and blend the kodo millet - poha mixture into a coarse batter adding as little water as needed.

Drain and blend the urad dal - methi seeds mixture into a fine batter adding as little water as needed.

Combine both the batters, add salt as needed and mix well.

Cover and set aside in a warm place for a few hours for fermentation.

After the batter is fermented,  divide the batter in the Idli plates. Steam for about 15 minutes. Let it cool for 5 minutes and then remove from the moulds.

Serve it with Peanut Chutney or Coconut Chutney for a filling meal.


Preparation Time 15 minutes + Soaking time 4 hours + Fermenting time 8 hours
Makes 16-18 idlis


  1. Priya Suresh Says:
  2. I love adding millets in my idli batter, how spongy and soft those idlis looks. Well done Harini.

  3. These idlis are so spongy and look super inviting. Before my low carb diet, I was on millet diet for nearly two years and .this is one dish I made often.

  4. Srividhya Says:
  5. Millets are great substitutes for rice. Love those soft pillowy idlis.

  6. The kodo millet idli has come out very nice and what a great substitute these millets are for rice. Definitely bookmarking these to make sometime soon.

  7. code2cook Says:
  8. yum, idlis looks soft and spongy. Love this platter Harini. I am yet to try this millet and you tempted me enough with these idlis.

  9. Sandhiya Says:
  10. Millet idli looks soft and spongy. Love this kind of millet idlis and dosas. The entire plate looks yummy.

  11. I tried to make idli from scratch once and could not get it to ferment in these cold temps. So now I buy the ready made idli mix from the Indian supermarket. Just bought some this week and I am ready to make my idli's though they wont be as healthy as these with your use of millet

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