Delicious Ishva Little Millet Idli Recipe

Delicious Ishva Little Millet Idli Recipe


Little millet idlis are a nutritious and delicious twist on the traditional idli, perfect for those looking to incorporate healthier grains into their diet. This recipe is not only easy to make but also packs a punch of nutrients, making it an ideal choice for breakfast or a light meal.


  • 1 cup Ishva Little Millet
  • 1/2 cup urad dal (black gram dal)
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as needed


  1. Preparation:

    • Wash the Ishva Little Millet and urad dal separately under running water until the water runs clear.
    • Soak them in enough water separately for at least 4-6 hours or overnight.
  2. Grinding:

    • Drain the water from the soaked urad dal and grind it in a wet grinder or a high-speed blender until smooth and fluffy. Add water sparingly as needed.
    • Similarly, drain the water from the soaked Little Millet and grind it to a smooth batter consistency. The batter should neither be too thick nor too thin. Add water as required while grinding.
  3. Fermentation:

    • Combine the ground urad dal batter and Little Millet batter together in a large bowl. Mix well using your hands or a spoon.
    • Cover the bowl with a lid or a cloth and let it ferment in a warm place for about 8-10 hours or overnight. The batter should double in volume and become slightly fluffy.
  4. Making Idlis:

    • Once the batter is fermented, add salt to taste and mix gently.
    • Grease the idli molds with oil or ghee and pour ladlefuls of the batter into each mold.
  5. Steaming:

    • Steam the idlis in a steamer for about 10-12 minutes on medium heat or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
    • Once done, remove the idli molds from the steamer and let them cool for a minute or two.
  6. Serving:

    • Serve the Ishva Little Millet Idlis hot with sambar, coconut chutney, or any chutney of your choice.


  • Ensure the batter is well fermented for soft and fluffy idlis.
  • Adjust the consistency of the batter by adding water cautiously while grinding.
  • You can add finely chopped vegetables like carrots or peas to the batter for added nutrition and flavor.


Enjoy these nutritious Ishva Little Millet Idlis as a wholesome breakfast or a healthy snack. They are not only easy to digest but also rich in fiber and essential nutrients, making them a perfect choice for all ages. Incorporate this recipe into your weekly meal plan for a delightful and health-conscious twist on a South Indian classic!

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