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February 23, 2015

Varagu Idli Recipe/Kodo Millet Idli Dosa-Millet Recipes

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Varagu idli recipe

Each and every millet has its own taste & health benefits.But i love varagu/Kodo millet(Kodra/Koden in Hindi,Harka in Kannada,Koovaragu in Malayalam & Arikelu in Telugu) among all because it helps to lose weight,controls diabetes,reduces joint pains and much more.So i keep trying one or the other varagu recipes in my kitchen at least once in a week.After making thinai idli & Ragi idli successfully, I wanted to try some more idli,dosa recipes using millets.I tried kuthiravali idli but it was an utter flop. Idli was flat,sticky and too soft.I should make some improvements in the recipe and try again.So this time i prepared Varagu idli following my mixie idli recipe.It came out very well.I did not use rice here.Still my idlis were firm,soft,spongy and dosas were crispy as well.So this is completely a rice-free idli.The flavor of dosas were awesome.I just loved it.My in-laws are here with me.They too liked this varagarisi idli,dosa very much and my MIL told that she will be making it very often after going to salem.I was very happy to hear this feedback from them.Friends,try this healthy millet idli and include it in your routine breakfast/dinner.Its sure a very healthy replacement for our regular rice idli.Very soon,i will share easy varagu upma recipe.
Check out my collection of 12 idli recipes and enjoy making varieties of idli for breakfast/dinner !

Varagu dosa

Varagu arisi idli,dosa recipe

Varagu arisi idli,dosa recipe Idli,dosa recipe using varagu/Kodo millet- Healthy breakfast/dinner recipe
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Millet recipes
Serves: 15-20 nos
Prep time: 4 Hours
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 4H10Min

1 cup = 240ml
  • Varagu/Kodo millet - 1.25 cups
  • Round urad dal - 1/4 cup
  • Aval/thick Poha - 3 tbsp
  • Methi seeds/Venthayam - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed

  • Take all the ingredients given above except salt and wash them twice in water to remove the debris.Soak it together for 4 hours.

  • Take a big mixie jar and grind them in two batches adding enough salt & water.Please do not add more water because they can be easily ground in less water.So use water only when needed.The consistency of batter should be like our regular idli batter.If the batter is too watery,u cannot make idlis.Idli will be flat n sticky.If u add very less water,idli will be hard.So take care while adding water.
Varagarisi idli
  • Ferment it overnight or minimum 16 hours ( if it is winter).The next morning,batter would have raised in volume but not doubled.
  • Stir the batter well with a ladle and make idlis.Steam it in an idli pot for 10 minutes.Check with a back of spoon or using fingers dipped in water.If it comes out clean,idli is cooked.Remove with a spoon and serve hot with chutney !
Varagu idli

    Enjoy !


  • No need to add rice in this recipe.
  • Do not add more water while grinding.
  • Idlis come out soft for varagu and dal in 5 :1 ratio.If u want even more softness, use 4:1 ratio based on the quality of dal.
  • Adding methi seeds & aval is for softness. Don’t skip it.
  • Ferment the batter for minimum 12 hours. During summer 8 hours is enough.
  • Use same cup for measuring all the ingredients. 

Steaming hot Varagu Idli !
Varagu idli

Enjoy this varagarisi idli.dosa with your favourite chutney or sambar.Stay healthy !
Varagu idli dosa recipe

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  1. Thats def a healthy version!! Lovely clicks!!

  2. love the steamed one click.crispy dosa

  3. I think we can use all millets to prepare idly and dosa in this way without using rice.
    What you say, Chitra?

    1. Yes we can.But ratio may slightly differ i guess.I should try it n see :)

  4. That's so yummy!!! Looking so tempting.

  5. love this healthy idli n dosa.

  6. we are promoting Kodo Millet in our Organic Shoppee with your Idali Recipe....
    Thanks you share this....

  7. Nice and healthy recipes
    Thanks 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻💐💐💐

  8. Thanks alot mam. So nice of you.

  9. Replies
    1. Hi Please check this link. I have shared pics of all millets.

  10. Hi I have Kodo idli rava. Does the ratio and soaking time change then?

    1. For idli rava, one hour soaking is enough. You can use 1 cup
      of rice rava instead of 1.25 cups of rice. Hope it works.

  11. Varagu dosai came out very well. Thank you for the perfect measurement


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