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February 7, 2020

Black Urad Dal Idli Dosa – Karuppu Ulundhu Idli, Dosai

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Recently I started making idli, dosa batter adding black urad dal (Karuppu ulundhu in Tamil) instead of white urad dal. When I was newly married I have seen my MIL making idli batter with black urad dal but she removes the skin before grinding the batter. Though its a time consuming process, I found it healthier than white urad dal idli. But here I have made the black urad dal idli with skin. I used whole, round black gram dal. You can use split black urad dal too. In my native place Tirunelveli, we make black urad dal dosa which we call as Kurunai dosai in Tamil. I have shared that recipe in my blog years ago. I have always wanted to try soft idli with black urad dal. So I tried it recently and succeeded in my attempt too. Only the color of idli, dosa looks grey otherwise there is no difference in taste and softness.

 Friends, do try this healthy idli with black urad dal and let me know your feedback.

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black urad dal dosa

Black urad dal idli dosa recipe

Black urad dal idli dosa recipe

Idli , dosa batter with idli rice/ boiled rice and black urad dal

Cuisine: Tamil nadu
Category: Main course
Serves: 4
Prep time: 14 Hours
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 14Hours 20 Minutes

1 cup = 240ml
  • Idli rice / Salem rice - 4 cups
  • Black urad dal - 1 cup
  • Fenugreek seeds / Methi seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt and water - as needed
  1. Wash and soak idli rice, fenugreek seeds for twice or thrice. Soak for 4 hours.
  2. Wash and soak black urad dal for 2 to 3 hours.
  3. In a wet grinder, grind black urad dal with skin till fluffy, smooth adding required water.
  4. Collect the batter in a bowl. Grind the rice to a smooth paste adding required salt.
  5. Add to urad dal batter. Mix them well.  Ferment the batter over night.
  6. The next day, mix the batter well. Steam idli for 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. For making dosa, take the required batter in a bowl. Add little water to dilute the batter.
  8. Heat dosa tawa and spread a ladleful of dosa batter. Cook both sides and serve hot.
  9. Serve black urad dal idli and dosa with coconut chutney or sambar !
  • Wash the idli rice and fenugreek seeds twice or thrice till the water runs clear. Soak it for 4 hours. Wash and soak black urad dal for 2 to 3 hours minimum.

  • In a wet grinder, take the soaked black urad dal with skin. Grind it adding sufficient water. Make a smooth, spongy batter and collect in a bowl. Do not make the batter too thick or too watery. 
  • black urad dal idli dosa

  • Grind soaked rice adding required water and salt to a smooth paste. Collect this batter with urad dal batter. Mix both the batter well using your hands.

  • Ferment the batter overnight or for 12 hours based on the weather. Batter increases in quantity and becomes fluffy and porous. The next day, mix the batter well.
  • black urad dal idli dosa
  • Boil water in idli pot. Grease idli plate with oil. Pour idli batter till 3/4th of the mould and steam for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the idli plate. Rest for 5 minutes and scoop the idli.

  • To make dosa, take the required batter in a bowl. Add little water and loosen the batter. Heat a dosa pan. Make dosa and cook both the sides. Remove and serve with chutney, sambar. black urad dal idli dosa


  • You can use split black urad dal or whole black urad dal.
  • Do not remove the skin after soaking the dal.
  • Grind the urad dal batter fluffy and smooth. Do not make it watery or too thick. 

Try this healthy black urad dal idli , dosa and enjoy !
Karuppu ulundhu idli dosai

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Unknown said...

Helpful one! Thank You so much.

Chitra said...


Dee said...

I did this since past few years till my boys begged for white idlis. so I alternate these days but still some taste difference is there