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Millets idli recipe

Healthy and Delicious Millet Idli Recipe: A Twist on a South Indian Classic

Get ready to revamp your breakfast routine with our nutritious and flavorful Millet Idli recipe! These fluffy and steamed idlis are a delightful twist on the traditional South Indian favorite, packed with the goodness of millets. Whether you're a health-conscious foodie or simply seeking a tasty and wholesome breakfast, this recipe is a must-try. Join us on a culinary journey as we explore the world of Millet Idlis and learn how to create a nutritious and satisfying breakfast that your taste buds and body will love.

Health Benefits of Millet Idli

Millet idli offers numerous health benefits:

  1. Whole Grains: Nutrient-rich millets.

  2. Fiber-Rich: Supports digestion and fullness.

  3. Low GI: Manages blood sugar levels.

  4. Protein Source: Aids muscle health.

  5. Nutrient-Dense: Packed with vitamins and minerals.

  6. Probiotic Boost: Supports gut health.

  7. Heart-Healthy: Low in saturated fats.

  8. Gluten-Free: Safe for gluten-sensitive individuals.

  9. Balanced Meal: Mix of carbs, protein, and healthy fats.

  10. Bone Support: Provides essential minerals.

  11. Versatile: Customizable with veggies and spices.

  12. Weight-Friendly: Controls hunger and calorie intake.

How to Cook Millet Idli


  1. 1  cup  any  millet

  2. ½  cup urad dal (skinned black lentils)

  3. 1 teaspoon methi seeds

  4.  Himalayan salt as per taste

  5. 2 Tablespoon poha (optional)


  1. Add urad dal and methi seeds to a bowl and rinse them well thrice. Soak for 8 hours.

  2. To another bowl, add millets and rinse them a few times very well. Add fresh water and soak them for 6-8 hours.

  3. If using poha then soak them 30 minutes before blending.

  4. After 8 hours, drain the water. Add the urad dal, methi seeds (or soaked poha) to a blender jar.

  5. Don't add salt  while blending, you may add after fermenting.

  6. Pour chilled water during summers and blend the batter until thick, fluffy and frothy. The batter should be thick yet of pouring consistency.

  7. Transfer this to a large bowl.

  8. Add soaked millets to the blender and add little water. Blend to a slightly coarse paste. Do not make it very fine as this gives the texture of rava.

  9. Next add more water as needed while blending.

  10. Pour this into the blended urad dal batter and give a good mix. The batter should be thick like the regular idli batter. If needed, sprinkle some water at this stage.

  11. Cover and keep it in a warm place. Leave overnight until it ferments and rises well.

Making Millet Idli:

  1. When the batter is ready, pour 1 cup water in your steamer or cooker. Bring it to a boil on a medium heat.

  2. Meanwhile grease the plates and pour the batter in the moulds.

  3. When the water begins to boil rapidly, open the lid and place the millet idli in it.

  4. Cover and steam for exactly 10 to 12 mins. You may need to adjust the timing based on your pot.

  5. Switch off and allow to cool slightly.

  6. Dip the edge of a spoon in water and remove the millet idlis using it.

  7. Serve millet idli hot with sambar or chutney.


Elevate your breakfast game with these Millet Idlis that combine the age-old tradition of South Indian cuisine with the nutritional power of millets. These idlis are not only soft, fluffy, and flavorful but also incredibly healthy. Packed with a blend of millets, they provide essential nutrients, fiber, and a unique nutty flavor. Whether you enjoy them with a side of chutney, sambar, or simply by themselves, Millet Idlis are a delicious way to start your day on a wholesome note. So, why wait? Give our Millet Idli recipe a try and savor the taste of health and tradition!

Remember to share your culinary adventures with us and enjoy every bite of these nutrient-packed delights!