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October 27, 2017

Kambu Idli Dosai – Bajra Idli Dosa - Pearl Millet Idli Dosa Recipe

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Pearl millet idli, dosa recipe without rice ( Kambu idli dosai in Tamil, Bajra Idli dosa in Hindi, Sajjalu Idli dosa in Telugu, Sajje idli dosa in Kannada, Kambam Idli in Malayalam) with step by step pictures and video. After a long time, I am happy to share a millet recipe in my website.I love to consume millets in the form of idli, dosa, adai or upma at least once in week either for breakfast or dinner. But I haven’t blogged many of the recipes I make in my kitchen. So I thought of sharing them one by one from this week.
This is not going to be a millet series. I will try to post the Indian style millet recipes whenever I can. To begin with here is a healthy, super soft pearl millet idli without using rice. Pearl millet is one of the wonder grain millets that helps to control diabetes, reduces cholesterol and aids for weight loss. I adapted my Mixie idli,dosa batter recipe and prepared this idli using bajra/kambu. We can grind this kambu idli batter easily using Indian mixie. It came out very well and I am completely satisfied with the results. I made soft idli on the first day with the fermented batter and crispy dosa for the next day dinner. Both were good in taste when consumed hot. But idli looks grey in color and smells like millet as it has no rice. Tomato chutney or coconut chutney is a good side dish for this Kambu idli and dosai. Do try this healthy bajra idli at home and share your feedback with me. Ok, lets check how to make Kambu idli/ Pearl millet idli with step by step pictures and video !

Do check out my other MILLET RECIPES too.

Pearl millet idli

Kambu idli dosai recipe - Bajra idli / Pearl millet idli dosa recipe

Kambu idli dosai recipe - Bajra idli / Pearl millet idli dosa recipe

Healthy Pearl millet idli and dosa recipe without using rice

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Millet recipes
Serves: 20 nos
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes


1 cup - 240ml
  • Pearl millet / Kambu / Bajra - 2 cups
  • White,round urad dal - 1/2 cup
  • Poha / Aval / rice flakes - 1/4 cup ( I used thick poha)
  • Methi seeds / Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp (Optional)
  • Salt & Water - As needed


  1. Wash and soak pearl millet, methi seeds and poha together for 5 hours.
  2. Wash and soak urad dal separately in another bowl for 2 hours.
  3. Grind urad dal to a smooth paste adding the soaked water.
  4. Collect in a bowl and then grind millet + Poha mixture to a smooth paste adding enough water.
  5. Mix both the batter with hands and let it ferment overnight. The next day, mix the batter well and make idli.
  6. Enjoy with tomato chutney or coconut chutney !


  • Wash the pearl millet twice to remove the debris , add poha, methi seeds, wash again and soak it in enough water for 5 to 6 hours. Wash and soak urad dal separately in another bowl for 2 hours.
    Kambu idli
  • First grind urad dal in a mixie to a thick, smooth batter adding enough water. I used the soaked water for grinding. You can also use ice cold water. Then grind the soaked pearl millet + Poha to a smooth batter adding required water. Do not make the batter watery.

  • Mix both the batter well with your hands and allow it to ferment overnight or 12 hours based on the weather in your place. The next morning, batter would have raised well. Its consistency should be like regular idli batter.
    Kambu idli
  • Mix well and make idli in a greased idli plate. Steam it for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove after it becomes warm. It tastes super soft when hot with the flavor of pearl millet. Serve hot to enjoy its best taste !
    Kambu idli
    Kambu idli

    Enjoy !


  • Do not grind the batter too watery. Add only the required water.
  • Urad dal should be soaked and grind separately to get soft idli.
  • If you soak them together, you need to add more urad dal and poha. You may have to use 3:1 ratio of millet and dal if soaking them together.
  • You can also use Kuthiravali/ barnyard millet or Thinai/Foxtail millet instead of pearl millet.
Try this healthy Kambu idli & dosai with your favorite chutney or sambar !
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R said...

Super duper healthy and yummy.

Chitra said...

Thank you R

Fareen said...

Can i use broken bajra?

Chitra said...

Yes you can use it.