Ragi Idli Recipe (Steamed Rice Millet & Lentil Cake)

Archana Doshi
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Ragi Idli Recipe (Steamed Rice Millet & Lentil Cake)

The Ragi (Millet) Idli recipe is a simple wholesome dish that you can make with ease. This recipe is a great way to include ragi and other millets in your diet. The idli recipe also has a video of how to make the Idli Dosa Batter and How to make Soft Idli's. Idli is all time South Indian breakfast dish that is savored all over India and the World . It is made from fermented rice and lentil batter and steamed into Idli moulds to get the round shape. It is most often served along with Coconut ChutneyThakkali Vengayam Sambar or Mixed Vegetable SambarIdli Milagai Podi

In this recipe you will see how to make idli’s using the homemade idli dosa batter.

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Cuisine: South Indian
Course: South Indian Breakfast
Diet: High Protein Vegetarian
Prep in

20 M

Cooks in

30 M

Total in

50 M


4 Servings


  • 2 cups Idli Rice , (a special rice available in the indian stores for making idli and dosa's)
  • 1 cup Ragi Seeds
  • 1 cup Barley (seeds) , (Bajra or Jowar or Foxtail Millet)
  • 2 cups White Urad Dal (Whole)
  • 2 teaspoons Fenugreek Seeds (Methi)
  • Water , for soaking

Directions for Ragi Idli Recipe (Steamed Rice Millet & Lentil Cake)

  1. To begin making the Homemade Soft Ragi Idli’s, make sure you have the Ragi (Millet) Idli Dosa Batter made and fermented.

  2. Once you have the fermented Ragi Idli batter, grease the Idli Steamer Plates with a little sesame oil. This process is purely optional. I like to do this as it adds to the flavor of the idli’s. Pour spoonfuls of the batter into these moulds.

  3. Do make sure you fill the ragi idli batter only half way through as they will rise up to the top when steamed. Once all the plates are filled, place the filled idli racks one above the other making sure the holes are facing the filled portion.

  4. Prepare the idli steamer with a little water in the bottom. Place the filled ragi idli racks in the steamer. Place the steamer on high heat and steam the idli’s for 10 minutes.

  5. After 10 minutes of steaming, turn off the heat. Open the steamer and insert a knife or a pick to test whether the idli's are cooked. If nothing sticks then the idlis are perfectly steamed.

  6. Now you can remove the ragi idli’s from the steamer. Have a small bowl filled with water. Dip a spoon in the water and then scoup the ragi idli's out starting from the edges. Dipping the spoon in water helps in the easy removal of idli's from the plates.

  7. The wholesome homemade soft ragi (millet) idli's are now ready to be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

  8. To serve, place the Homemade Soft Ragi Idli’s in a bowl or a platter, pour in some Mixed Vegetable Sambar and sprinkle some chopped onions. This makes a perfect wholesome breakfast or even weeknight dinner.

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Last Modified On Friday, 16 December 2016 13:40

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