Millet Idli

Idli is one of my comfort foods and there cannot be a healthier breakfast than this. What’s not to love about an idli?! It is healthy – even with rice and lentils – power house of essential carbs and proteins, steamed without a drop of oil, easy on the stomach but at the same time, perfectly filling – it is one of the best breakfast options in the whole world. And with our recent addition of millets into our diet, I decided to switch to Millet Idli instead of rice idlis.


  • 1 cup Foxtail Millet
  • 1-1/2 cups White Urad Dal (Split)
  • 1 teaspoon Methi Seeds (Fenugreek Seeds)
  • Salt , to taste 


  1. To begin making the Foxtail Millet Idli Recipe, we will wash and soak the millets in water in a separately bowl and urad dal along with methi seeds with enough water in another bowl overnight or keep soaked for at least 8 hours. Soak each of them separately.
  2. To make the batter, drain the excess water soaked millets and urad dal.
  3. Blend the urad dal along with just enough water to make a thick and very smooth batter.
  4. Transfer the batter to a large bowl in which we will set it aside for fermentation along with ground millet.
  5. Next blend the foxtail millet with just enough water to make a smooth batter.
  6. Add this to the urad dal batter, add 2 teaspoons of salt and stir well to combine.
  7. Ferment the batter for 5 to 6 hours or overnight.
  8. Once the batter is fermented, gently stir and be careful to not release the air pockets.
  9. You can make regular sized idlis or also use the mini idli stand. Grease the idli molds with a little oil and spoon the foxtail millet idli batter into the molds.
  10. Prepare the idli steamer with a little water in the bottom.
  11. Place the filled idli racks in the steamer. Place the steamer on high heat and steam the idli’s for 10 minutes.
  12. After 10 minutes of steaming, turn off the heat. Open the steamer and insert a knife or a pick to test whether the idli’s are cooked. If nothing sticks then the idlis are perfectly steamed.
  13. Now you can remove the Foxtail millet idli from the steamer. Have a small bowl filled with water.
  14. Dip a spoon in the water and then scoop the ragi idli out starting from the edges. Dipping the spoon in water helps in the easy removal of idli from the plates.
  15. The wholesome homemade pillow-soft foxtail millet idli is now ready to be served. 
  16. Serve the Foxtail Millet Mini Idli Recipe along with Sambar, chutney to enjoy your morning breakfast.