Kodo millet/Barnyard millet idli(Varai idli)

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KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                         Ready to serve Barnyard millet idli(Varai idli)

 Number of idli – 25-30 of the above size

 Time taken to steam: 25  minutes(Other than grinding & fermenting)

Barnyard millet/Kodo millet in english is varai in konkani is a healthy millet and diabetic friendly too.  In  india cereals are consumed for Navratra and hence millets are consumed as they do not belong to rice family but act as a healthy alternative.  I have already put up Barnyard millet masala upma on this blog recently and today i would like to put Barnyard millet idli which tastes exactly like the normal idli.  Here it goes:

What you need to have:

1. Split blackgram dal- 1 cup

2. Kodo millet – 1 and 1/2  or even 2 cups

3. Salt- as per tasteKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                   Ingredients of kodo millet idli

What you do with what you have:

1. Soak Blackgram dal in water for about 3 hours.  Drain and grind it in the wet grinder adding water in steps to a fine and thick consistency.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                        Black gram dal being grind in the grinder

2.Transfer the grind dal batter to a wide bowl.   Just dry grind  millet in the mixer to a sujee/rava consistency and add it to the grind dal batter.  Also add salt  mix well with your hands and allow it to ferment over night. KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                       Barnyard millet sujeeKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

                             Barnyard millet/kodo millet sujee being added to the grind dal batter

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                       Fermented idli batter

3. Place the idli steamer on the flame with water in it.  In the mean time greece the idli moulds and pour the fermented idli batter in it and when the water starts boiling place the idli stand in it nd steam it for about 25-30 minutes till done.  When you insert a knife or back of a spoon it should come out clean and it is done.  Idli is very soft and one can even feel it while looking at it too!!KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                           Barnyard millet idli being steamed

4. Transfer it to a serving plate and relish with the chutney of your choice and sambar or even chutney powder!!!YummmmmmmmmmKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                   Barnyard millet idli with Asafoetida chutney

Makes:25-30 idli of the above size

Time taken: 25 minutes (other than soaking & grinding)

Good to remember:  1. Buy best quality blackgram dal for idli.  I normally buy the “Double ghoda” brand which is supposed to be the best among the Blackgram dal brands.

2. If one is grinding dal (1 cup) in the mixy , then i advise her to experiment by adding only 3/4 cup millet sujee, as dal can not grind as it grinds and fluffs up in the electric wet grinder and we can not add water in steps as we do in the grinder.

3. I have written 3 measures of millets in the ingredients section , for the reason being that , once for all if some one adds more of millet,  idli will surely be hard.  Hence let her experiment and decide on her own.  I have also given a number of attempts to get soft idlis.


9 thoughts on “Kodo millet/Barnyard millet idli(Varai idli)

    Viji Subramaniam said:
    October 8, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Great ! Let me try making it!

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 8, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      Hi Viji,

      Thanx a lot as usual for dropping by and commenting…..

    Aruna Panangipally said:
    October 8, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Nice and healthy variation of the traditional idli.

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 8, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      Hi Aruna,
      This is though a healthy variation for sure but taste-wise no compromise. Yummmmmm

    Priya said:
    October 9, 2014 at 12:43 am

    Incredible idlies, they came out simply fabulous..

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 9, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Hi Priya,

      Actually though the recipe looks simple, i had to give couple of trials to get soft idli.

    Jayanthisindhiya said:
    October 9, 2014 at 11:14 am

    A very healthy recipe,will try out

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 9, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Hi Jayanthisindhiya,

      Do send me the feed back on preparing it….

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