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Most of my blogger friends have been posting on this millets idli, dosa. I was so impressed and wanted to try it. I somehow couldn’t find millets in market. Maybe I am not looking at the right place. Or I would forget to buy it.

But when ever we visit Indian store we always find the millet flour pack readily available. When Ragi idli/Dosa can be made with ragi flour, why not millet idli with millet flour. So I gave it a try and we liked it. Here is the recipe..

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Millet Flour : 1 cup

Idli Rice : 1 cup

Urad dal : 1/2 cup

Salt : 1 tablespoon

Water : as needed to grind batter


  • Soak idli rice for 5 hours. Urad dal for 45 mins to 1 hr.
  • In a grinder or mixer, grind urad dal to a fine batter. Then add rice and grind it. (make sure water is used as required for idli batter)
  • Once it turns to be a soft batter, remove and in a medium mixing bowl, add the batter with millet flour, salt.
  • If needed mix water and make sure not to have lumps. Also make sure the batter is not too thick nor runny.
  • Allow it to ferment for 8 hours in a warm place.
  • In a idli maker, grease idli plates with oil. Pour batter and steam for 10 to 12 mins in high.
  • Remove idli’s from idli plate and serve.

Serve it with any gravy or chutney.

I served with Vengaya kose, a chettinad gravy which is prepared for breakfast. Recipe to follow soon.