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Instant, Ragi / Finger Millets / Nachni Idli Recipe

VegCookBook by Praveena
South Indian style Protein, Iron rich, nutritious idli(s), mix & make, video recipe without any soaking, grinding and fermentation.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Dinner
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 12 count


  • Instant Pot or Electric Pressure Cooker
  • Idli steamer / Wide bottomed vessel


  • 1 cup Ragi / FingerMillet / Bhakri / Nachni Flour
  • 1 cup Semolina / Upma Rava
  • 1 cup Homemade Curd / Plain Yogurt
  • ¾ teaspoon Baking Soda / Cooking Soda / Eno fruit salt
  • teaspoons Salt (or as per taste)
  • ½ cup Water (or as required)


  • Firstly put a frying pan on stove top under medium flame.
    Add the semolina/rava and dry roast, until the colour of semolina/rava slightly changes and you get a pleasant aroma (takes 3-4 mins). 
  • Switch the flame off and let it cool down a bit.
    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.
    Now, add water as required and mix everything thoroughly into a smooth batter.
  • Apply oil to the idli pans and pour in the batter into them, up to ¾ level.


  • Put the pans into an idli steamer or into a wide bottomed vessel filled with 2 cups of water.
    Close the lid, steam them under high flame for 10-12 mins, then switch the flame off and leave the vessel unopened for 3 more mins.


  • Fill the pot with 2 cups of water. Saute for 2 mins until the water boils.
    Put the idli stand in the pot, close the lid, put valve for VENTING.
    Select STEAM mode under HIGH pressure for 10 mins (use an external timer) and remove the lid only after 3 more mins.
  • Gently take the idli(s) out of the idli pan with a wet spoon and serve!! Done!! 


Please see the MAIN POST for step wise pics, recipe TIPS & full VIDEO.
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