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19 September, 2016

Ragi and Brown Rice Idli (Steamed Multigrain Savory Cake with Finger Millet)-Meatless Monday recipe

Comments : 10 Posted in : Breakfast, Easy lunch box recipes, Meatless Mondays, snack on by : apsara Tags: , , , , ,

Idli, the ubiquitous south Indian   breakfast,  or evening tiffin/snack can be made healthier by substituting some of the white rice with whole grains. An excellent low glycemic index food for diabetics as well as weight watchers. If you worry about a poor digestive system sensitive to whole grains, this is an excellent choice as fermentation makes it very easy on the stomach.

A particularly good combination is with brown rice and Ragi or finger millet. No, you do not have to work with the ragi grain, just ragi flour will do, as this recipe tagged Meatless Monday shows!


This recipe makes a big batch of batter that uses a wet grinder such as the model Ultra efficiently. Use this batter to make idli, mini-idli or dosa. A versatile batter that appeals to kids and adults alike.  Kids especially like the mini-idlis that I send in their lunch.


Ragi and Brown Rice Idli

  • Servings: 30-40
  • Time: soak+ ferment time + 40 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Idli rice- 2 cup
Brown rice – 1 cup (I use organic Mantra 24 sonamasuri variety)
Ragi flour- 1 cup (I use organic Mantra 24  brand)
dehusked Urad dal or black gram – 1/2 cup
Urad dal with skin – 1/2 cup
fenugreek/ methi seeds- 2 tsp.

salt- 2 tsp. or to taste


1. Soak brown rice, idli rice together for 8 hours.  Soak urad dal and fenugreek seeds mixture separately for 4-8 hours.

2.Use a wet grinder to make a fine batter of urad dal, first. Transfer it to a large mixing bowl.

3. Next, discard the soaking water in the rice and with fresh water, grind the rice into a batter and transfer to the mixing bowl.

4. Add 2 tsp. salt, mix well and let the batter ferment for 6-8 hours in a  warm place. I put mine inside the oven with the light turned on. It is a good idea to place a tray under to collect any overflowing batter.

5. After the batter has risen and gets a sour smell, mix gently and use a ladle to fill greased idli plates.

6. Use a steamer to make fluffy idlis. Serve with your favorite chutney or molaga podi.


People partying over at Fiesta Friday #137, do taste these lovely steamed delicacies. I may have brought it as the party is drawing to a close, but hey, any time is a good time to have idli!! Thank you, lovely ladies Loretta and Natalie for co-hosting!



10 thoughts on : Ragi and Brown Rice Idli (Steamed Multigrain Savory Cake with Finger Millet)-Meatless Monday recipe

  • September 19, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    I am trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle as well, Apsara. Your recipes are a boon for me. These idlis are just what I must try.

    • apsara
      September 22, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      Thank you, Aruna. You are so generous with your compliments!

  • September 19, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Love the fluffy and healthy Ragi Idlis.Fab Share.

    • apsara
      September 20, 2016 at 8:26 am

      Thank you, Preethi. Glad that you like these!

  • September 20, 2016 at 7:54 am

    You’re never too late for Fiesta Friday, especially if you bring these healthy looking idlis 🙂 I’ve always felt a bit intimidated, so have never tried making the idlis. I usually go the store bought way if I have a hankering for idlis. Thanks for bringing us these gorgeous idlis for Fiesta Friday.

    • apsara
      September 20, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      Ha ha, you’re too nice, Loretta!
      Making idli batter is not too bad, if you can manage to do it the first time. The trick is not to add too much water while grinding so that the batter is not too runny. Kind of like baking bread, difficult only till you try it. Hope you try these some day.

  • Swati
    September 20, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Loved the recipe Apsara .. So healthy and delicious too

    • apsara
      September 21, 2016 at 8:18 am

      thank you, dear

      • Sow
        September 26, 2016 at 9:17 am

        Hi Apsara,

        Thank you for the healthy recipe, they are always inspiring.

        You used Idli rice here, what is that and where do I get that ?

        • apsara
          September 26, 2016 at 9:36 am

          Sow, thanks for vositng! Idli rice is a specially processed rice that is meant for this. It is usually available in Indian stores or an international market.

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