Wednesday 18 February 2015

Varagu Idli /Dosa (Kodo Millet Idli)

Here is a healthy twist to our South Indian special breakfast item Idli! 

In this recipe I have included varagu / kodomillet along with rice and urad dhal to increase the health benefits and nutritive value.

The outcome was so good that the Idli's were very soft and tasty. Try this and include in your daily routine for a healthy living!

To get more information about Varagu / Kodomillet; Do check my Varagu Ven Pongal / Kodo Millet Pongal recipe.  


Varagu  - 2 cups
Idli Rice – 1 cup
Urad dhal – 1 cup
Fenugreek seeds – 1 tsp
Salt – to taste


Wash; soak the rice, varagu and fenugreek seeds in water for nearly 3 to 4 hours.

Soak urad dhal in water separately for an hour.

Grind the urad dhal using enough water till it is light and fluffy (remember to wash the grinder before use).

Transfer it into a separate bowl and then add soaked rice, varagu and fenugreek seeds in the grinder along with the water.

Allow to grind into a smooth paste (add water as necessary while grinding).

Now, add this to the urad dhal mixture which is in the bowl; then add salt and mix thoroughly.

Allow to ferment for nearly 8 to 10 hours or overnight. The batter should not be too thick or

Grease your idli mould with little oil and pour a ladle full of batter; steam for about 10 to 12 minutes.

Your soft and healthy idli is ready to serve.

For Dosa:

You can use the same batter for preparing dosa.  Just add a little water for the batter to be in a pouring consistency.

Heat the dosa pan; pour a ladle full of batter and spread it in circular motion from inside.

Drizzle some oil over the dosa, close with the lid and allow it cook.

Remove dosa from the pan and serve hot with any spicy chutney or sambar.

Check side dishes for Idli / dosa varieties.


  1. if i am doing small quantity, can i mix ulunthu and rice together for grinding?

  2. Yes, you can. Try to grind using grinder. If you are grinding in mixie use ice water to grind.


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