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kodo millet idly

Recently i had visited an exhibition where most of the stalls sold organic stuff. There i found a shop which was filled with various types of millets . The blogger in me was so excited to buy them all and experiment different dishes but hubby was not so keen . That was because few of the millets we were seeing it for first time so he was not sure how they would taste . Ragi and Sorghum we have already incorporated in our diet , so to experiment i picked up little millet , foxtail millet and kodo millet . I know people who don’t know ABCD about millets might feel these names as aliens… I promise soon i will write a detail post about the different types of millet. And i know it will happen soon coz i have a got green signal from hubby to buy millets often . That tells .. millets are not only healthy but tasty too…. Millets proves that healthy food can very much satisfy our taste buds.

Coming to today’s post – ” Kodo Millet idli Dosa ” . Kodo millet is known as Kodra/Koden in Hindi,Harka in Kannada,Varugu Arisi in Tamil , Koovaragu in Malayalam & Arikelu in Telugu.The making of these idli dosas are similar to our normal regular dosa just that replace rice with kodo millet . That’s it … the result is super healthy nutrituous idli dosa. My kids couldn’t find out the difference in the taste at all. Kodo millet is an absolute weight watchers delight and diabetic friendly too . So if you are looking for some healthy breakfast options / trying to incorporate millets in your diet .. go ahead this kodo millet idli dosa surely fits your criteria . Apart from being healthy, it is tasty,easy n will surely receive thumbs’up from all . A lovely variation from the normal rice n urad dal idli dosa….

Few points to note while making kodo millet Dosa 

  • Take care while grinding batter don’t add too much water . If required you can add next day while making dosa / idly . If you add too much water and grind to smooth , idlis will turn soft and sticky .
  • For best idli , its better to soak urad , methi n poha together n kodo millet seperate. Grind urad nicely to make smooth batter & later add soaked millet to the urad batter and grind …so that millet becomes course .
  • Urad dal : Kodo millet proportion i have used is 1 : 4 ie if you are using 1 cup urad ; then take 4 cup kodo millet .
  • You can replace kodo millet with any other millet and follow the same recipe.
kodo millet idly


Smitha Kalluraya
Course Breakfast
Cuisine south indian
Servings 8 number


  • 1 cup kodo millet / any millet
  • 1/4 cup Split Black gram/ Urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds/ methi
  • 2 tbsps Thick beaten rice/ Poha
  • Salt, as needed
  • Oil to grease


  • Take kodo millet , urad dal and methi in a bowl . Wash nicely and soak for about 4 hours . Just 30 mins before grinding , wash and soak poha with rest of the ingredients.
  • In a mixer / grinder , grind all the soaked ingredients adding very less water . if you intend to use same batter to make both idli dosa grind medium smooth . Transfer to a container , add salt and mix well . Set aside overnight / 6-10 hrs for fermentation
  • Morning the batter would have fermented well. Mix well before pouring into greased idli moulds / making dosa .

To make dosa :

  • Heat a tawa. Grease with oil.Pour a laddle full of batter..Spread it in circular direction .Drizzle few drops of oil or ghee around it.Cover and cook on medium flame for abt 1-2 mins.No need to flip over and cook . Once its done, the dosas come out easily from the tawa .
  • kodo millet dosa
  • Fold and serve crispy kodo millet dosa accompanied with chutney or sambar or chutney powder of your choice.

To make Idli :

  • Heat water in a steamer.Grease idli molds with oil .Pour the batter into idli stand.
    make kodo millet dosa
  • Steam for 10-12 mins on medium flame.Prick a tooth pick,if it comes clean it means its done.Allow it to cool a bit and remove from molds using a spoon or knife.
  • That's it soft, spongy and healthy kodo millet idlii's are ready to serve. Serve with Chutney / Sambar / Chutney Powder.

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  • Reply
    Sony P
    May 20, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Both looks delicious and healthy !

  • Reply
    marudhus kitchen
    May 20, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Very nutrious.Idli and dosa

    • Reply
      March 9, 2019 at 2:09 pm

      Too good. Will try definetely

  • Reply
    Vibha Sp
    May 20, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    wow very nice idli n dosa , never tasted

  • Reply
    Sathya Priya
    May 20, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    very healthy idli,dosa ..Yumm

  • Reply
    May 21, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Healthy and yummy dosao

  • Reply
    May 21, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Healthy and tasty idli dosai

  • Reply
    May 22, 2015 at 7:30 am

    healthy and yummy dosa…….looks delicious

  • Reply
    Maha Gadde
    May 24, 2015 at 12:29 am

    Healthy n yummy dosa..

  • Reply
    Dr. Suhasini
    May 26, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Honestly, I never bothered to look at the millet section in a supermarket Smitha. I immediately got a pack and tried out the idli with a slight modification – I used whole black gram with the skin. It’s really very delicious – my mother also liked it very much. (My mother and I would always like to experiment new healthy veg cooking)Thank you:)

  • Reply
    June 29, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Very nice. Will give a try..

  • Reply
    August 23, 2017 at 9:44 am

    What can I replace poha with?

  • Reply
    June 14, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    for dosa
    1/2 cup – urad dal
    1/2 cup – bajra
    1/2 cup – Jowar
    1/2 cup – Ragi
    1/2 cup – Brown rice
    1/2 cup – Brown/white Poha
    methi seeds
    salt as needed

    Soak and grind just like normal dosa batter, ferment and make dosa.

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