Ragi(Finger Millet) Idly

I haven’t got requests for a recipe like how I did for this one. Since when this went on my Instagram feed, I have been getting requests to share the recipe. I’m feeling so excited about it!

I used to make only dosas and porridge using Ragi or Finger Millet. My mum said she made idlis for a change and everyone liked it at home. She asked me to give it a try too. We are having a week of holidays for Ramadan and what’s the best time to try new recipes than holidays?  Working day breakfasts are had (read as gulped/stuffed) in minutes while running for the cab. Only during holidays we get to have hot and elaborate breakfast without any rush and finish off with a coffee or tea. Writing down that statement itself gives me happiness ! 🙂

Okay now, the recipe. We are not adding any rice to the batter, it will be a good breakfast or dinner for people who are looking for less carb food. They are nutritious and filling that will keep you going till the next meal.

What you need

  • Ragi or Finger Millet – 1 cup
  • Urad dhal – 1/4 cup
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1 or 2 spoons
  • Salt

How to

  • Wash ragi 2-3 times in running water to discard any dust or stones.
  • Soak it for a minimum of 4 hours.
  • Soak urad dhal and fenugreek seeds together in a separate bowl for the same amount of time.
  • Grind them in a mixie adding required water to dosa batter consistency.
  • Let it ferment overnight.
  • Add required salt and make idlis in an idli pot.
  • Serve hot with any chutney of your choice. Coconut chutney or sambar would be best to had with.
Ragi Idli with coconut chutney


  • Above mentioned measurements serves 8-12 idlis. Multiply the quantity accordingly.
  • Idlis are best when served hot. Store it in a thermal casserole if serving later.
  • Don’t grind urad dhal very fine. Let it be a little coarse so that idlis come out soft and fluffy.

Let me know how you liked the Ragi idlis in the comments below.


  1. Ragi Idli is one thing I do want to try more! I have made them just once and looking forward to try it again. Yours look wonderful! 😊 I haven’t yet tried making without the regular rice. Your pics make me a bit more more bold. It’s a relatively easier way to have some millets I agree! 🙂


    1. Prepare the idly batter in way you usually do, mix with readymade ragi flour (1 cup batter, 1 cup ragi flour) and allow to ferment. Then make into idlis.


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