Kelvaragu/Ragi/Finger Millet Idly

This is a very simple,healthy breakfast which is easy to make with a slight variation from regular Idly.It's my grand mother's recipe and used to grind the whole soaked ragi grain,as I don't get the whole ragi grain here,mixed the ragi powder along with the rice and urad dhal.

Today is the 1st day of Blogging Marathon#15 under the theme Fermented Foods and follows the recipe for the healthy Idly.......


Idly rice/Pulungal arisi 11/2cups
Rice flakes/aval(optional)1/4cup
Finger Millet/Ragi Powder1cup
Urad Dhal1cup
Fenugreek seeds/vendhayam 1/2tsp
Saltto taste

  • Soak the rice,rice flakes for atleast 4-5 hours separately and soak the urad dhal and fenugreek seeds for an hour.
  • Grind the urad dhal fluffy with water as needed then grind the rice little bit coarsely(fine rava like).
  • Mix well the ground Urad dhal,rice and ragi powder along with salt.
  • Allow it to ferment for 8-10 hours or overnight.
  • Grease the idly plate with oil and pour the fermented batter in the greased idly plate.
  • Steam in the  cooker or Idly cooker for 10-12 minutes or until done.
  • Soft and spongy ragi idlis are ready. 
  • Serve it with spicy chutney or chutney of your choice.

    • Adding the rice flakes is purely optional,it gives a soft texture to the idly.
    • Grinding the rice to fine rava like consistency is very important otherwise the idly will turn out sticky.
    • Spicy chutney is the best accompaniment for this idly.
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      Super nutritious and spongy idlis looks marvellous..

      Very nice. My mother used to make dosa similarly not idli though. Nice pictures.

      time to move on from traditional idlis....lovely recipes

      Looks soft and inviting. Bookmarked it

      I love this recipe. I have another version of Ragi idli which I am yet to try.

      So soft and spongy like a pillow...looks awesome.

      I make it quite often but with Rava and not Rice, dal.. This one seems to be even better and fluffy ..

      thnx for sharing !

      I have had ragi dosa, never tried idli. Nice one.

      Super healthy and nutritious packed idli !! Tasty one

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      very healthy recipe...idlis looks so spongy n delicious...thanks for sharing!!

      Never knew we can make idlis with ragi too...looks so healthy, thanks for sharing the recipe

      Looks vey soft and very healthy too!!

      Wow.. Those idlis look fluffy and soft like pillows.. Never used ragi pd in idlis. Will try this next time.

      I wld have never made ragi idlis - I love your clicks !!!! Am going to make these

      Great to have you back Nalini..hope things are fine..those idlies look so good!

      Idly itself is healthy, adding ragi sure double the healthiness, delicious spongy one.

      this is my breakfast today, love it a lot,
      it goes very well with spicy chutney :)

      this is on my to-do list for a long time.. bookmarking ur recipe, Nalini !

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      these are the most fav idlis in my home altho your recipe is quite different from mine :) Looks soft and yummy!

      Healthy and tasty idli. Colorful too :).


      healthy idlis, i haven't used Ragi till now..looks so good !!

      healthy version..I shd try this..

      Looks so yumm!! Wonderful combo and sure would have tasted good too.

      raagii idli .. quite new to me .. looks delicious .

      Sounds like a great idea, should try this for sure!

      Idlis with ragi sounds nice and yum. quite healthy too

      Great to see you back. Hope your son and hubby are doing well. Lovely awesome Idli recipe. I am doing fermented foods too. I have made Ragi Idli but I don't know if I will post it.

      Lovely! Never tried idli with millet, I usually make ragi puttu.

      Health and nutritious Idly.

      The spongy idlis with the spicy chutney look very inviting..

      Healthy idlis. Looks nice :)

      Lovely idlis, looks so soft and delicious, should try it our sometime.

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