Ragi Idli

Ingredients (Translation)

1 1/4 cup ragi flour (Finger millet)
1/2 cup blackgram dal
Salt to taste

Soak the flour in little water and blackgram dal for 2 hours seperately. Grind the blackgram dal first to a fine paste and then add ragi flour. Mix well or else grind for a minute with the blackgram dal paste to get consistency similar to that of usual idlis. Add salt.

Ferment overnight. Grease idli plates with little oil and pour the batter into it. Steam for 5 to 10 minutes. Try putting a knife in the center of the idli and if batter doesnt stick to it, the idlis are done.

Cool for 2 minutes and serve immediately with chutney and sambhar.

Recipe adapted from Aayis Recipes.

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Asha said...

How beautiful! Few years back, people used to think "low" of Ragi, now it has become super food!:D

Pravs said...

My mom makes ragi idli same way.I loved the taste.

ushaprashanth said...

Idlis look beautifull! the color is very attractive!

Seema said...

Thats nice one.. We make only dosas out of Ragi, never tried idlis!
Asha is so right - Ragi was thought of as poor mans foodf & only now all realise its nutritional value.

easycrafts said...

@ Asha ... very true, it was considered to be the food for the labour class . and most importantly the colour is not liked by many. But we liked the taste, was dosas were more liked

@ Pravs...thanks a lot, i have tried it for the first time

@ Usha...thanks a lot

@ Seema...I also tried them for the first time, it came out very well and soft

Ramki said...


I've blogged your Ragi Idli as a model recipe in the 1001 Idli cookbook at

/Thanks for the detailed recipe


Turmericnspice said...

We love ragi dosa...have to try this one...

vasu said...

This is really creative !Will try it soon.

Nagalaxmi Visveswaran said...

How many Idlis did u get out of this batter?

EC said...

Sorry, had made it long back..so dont know the exact quantity..my guess 12-15 idlis

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