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Ragi / Bhakri / Finger Millets Idli

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Recipe Cooked, Photographed and Written by Praveena

PrepTime:5 mins   CookTime:20 mins   Cuisine:Indian

Idli is the most common and popular breakfast foods of South India. Its made of fermenting the lentil batter and steaming the batter in a specific idli pan. It is considered as the helthiest breakfast items of the world because of its properties of NoOil, NoFry, Vegan, Glutenfree, Lentil & Rice based batter, cooked upon steaming.

There are many varieties of Idli(s) made with different batters, while the below recipe is with Ragi/ FingerMillets/ Bhakri which is a whole grain that is gluten-free,rich in fiber that helps with weight loss and diabetes. It’s packed with calcium, good carbs, amino acids and Vitamin D. Its easily digestible by infants and kids. (info from internet).

We had these idli(s) with Courgettes Chutney / Zucchini Chutney / Nethi-Beerakaya Pachchadi and Instant Coconut Chutney / Kobbari Pachchadi.

Before starting to cook, don’t forget to see the Tips mentioned at the end.

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  • Ragi / FingerMillet / Bhakri Flour – 1 cup
  • Semolina / Rava – 1 cup
  • Homemade Curd / Plain Yogurt / Greek Yogurt – 1 cup
  • Baking Soda / Cooking Soda – ¾ teaspoon
  • Salt –  1½ teaspoons (or) as per taste 
  • Water – ¼ cup (or) as required

Special Ingredients:

  • Baking Soda / Cooking Soda

Step wise pics Procedure for Ragi / bhakri /  finger millets idli:

  • Firstly put a frying pan on stovetop under medium flame.
  • Add the semolina and dry roast till you get a pleasant aroma and the colour of semolina slightly changes. This might take around 3-4 mins. See pics below. 
  • Switch the flame off and transfer the semolina into a wide mixing bowl.

    Ragi/Bhakri/Finger Millet flour used
  • Add the ragi / finger millet / bhakri flour, salt and baking/cooking soda into the same bowl.
  • Mix everything and then add the curd/yogurt to the bowl.

    Curd / Yogurt used
  • Now, mix everything thoroughly into a smooth batter by adding the water. See pics below for the consistency.
  • Apply oil to the idli pans and pour in the batter into them as shown in the pics below.

    Ragi/FingerMillet/Bhakri Idli batter taken into idli pan for steaming
  • Put the pans into an idli steamer or into a wide bottomed vessel filled with 2 cups of water.
  • Steam them on stove top under high flame for about 10-12 mins and then switch the stove off.  

    Steamed ragi/fingermillet idli(s) out of the steamer
  • Gently take the idli(s) out of the idli pan with a wet spoon and serve!! Done!! 

    Ragi/Millet/Bhakri Idli taken out of steamer and ready to be served


  • Whatever might be the size of the cup the ratio of flour:rava:curd is 1:1:1
  • Vegans can use a plant-based yogurt for this recipe. 
  • Be careful while dry roasting the rava/semolina, so that you dont burn.
  • Dont add too much water while making the batter.
  • Adjust the salt as per your taste.
  • You can ferment the batter for 20-30 mins, if you wish to. But I didn’t, I used it right away.
  • If you do not have the idli steamer pan you can pour the batter in a round cake tin, steam it in a wide bottomed vessel and cut them into desired pieces.
  • These, Ragi / Bhakri / Finger millets idli can be re-heated and served even when they are steamed a day before.
  • The batter stays good upto 2 days when stored in fridge.


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