Ishva Kodo Millet Idli Recipe: A Healthy Twist to Traditional Idli

Ishva Kodo Millet Idli Recipe: A Healthy Twist to Traditional Idli

Why Choose Kodo Millet?

Kodo millet, also known as Varagu, is a rich source of protein, fiber, and essential minerals. It is gluten-free and has a low glycemic index, making it an excellent choice for those managing diabetes and those seeking a healthier lifestyle. Using Ishva Kodo Millet, you can be assured of premium quality and superior taste.


  • Kodo Millet (Ishva): 1 cup
  • Urad Dal: 1/2 cup
  • Fenugreek Seeds: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt: to taste
  • Water: as needed for soaking and grinding


  1. Soaking:

    • Wash the kodo millet thoroughly and soak it in water for at least 4-6 hours.
    • Wash the urad dal and fenugreek seeds, and soak them together in water for the same duration.
  2. Grinding:

    • Drain the soaked urad dal and fenugreek seeds. Grind them into a smooth and fluffy batter, adding water as needed.
    • Similarly, drain the kodo millet and grind it to a slightly coarse batter, adding water as required.
    • Mix both batters in a large bowl. The consistency should be like regular idly batter—thick but of pouring consistency.
  3. Fermentation:

    • Add salt to the batter and mix well. Cover the bowl and let it ferment overnight or for 8-10 hours in a warm place.
    • The batter should rise and become airy. Stir the batter gently before use.
  4. Steaming:

    • Grease the idly molds with a little oil and pour the batter into the molds.
    • Steam the idlies in an idly cooker or steamer for about 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
    • Remove the idlies from the molds and serve hot.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Ishva Kodo Millet Idlies with traditional accompaniments like coconut chutney, sambar, and a sprinkle of podi (spiced lentil powder) for a complete and nutritious meal. These idlies can also be enjoyed with a variety of chutneys and side dishes, making them a versatile and wholesome breakfast option.

Health Benefits

  • Rich in Fiber: Promotes digestive health and helps in maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Low Glycemic Index: Helps in controlling blood sugar levels, making it suitable for diabetics.
  • Gluten-Free: Ideal for those with gluten intolerance or celiac disease.
  • High in Protein: Supports muscle growth and repair.


Ishva Kodo Millet Idly is not just a healthier alternative to traditional idly but also a delicious way to incorporate millets into your diet. Easy to make and packed with nutrients, this recipe is sure to become a favorite in your household. Try it today and enjoy the benefits of millets with every bite!

Happy Cooking!

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