Brown rice idly

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Sunday, January 12, 2014

Idly is most famous south-indian breakfast, every south-indian would defintely agree on this!!! Soft,fluffy and dunked in sambhar/chutney, bliss!!!! And also it fits the bill of Oil-free breakfast!!!! When i decided to cut-down on my rice consumption, i switched to brown rice. Though both white rice and brown rice are the same when it comes to calories, the low GI gives thumbs up to brown rice. Only recently i started making brown rice dosa's and today i tried to make idly with it. Eveybody at home was happy with the breakfast, though it didn't have that bright white color of our idly, taste-wise it was the same. 
Ingredients (makes 12-14 normal idlies) 
1 cup brown rice
1/4 cup urad dal
1/4 tsp methi seeds
Salt to taste
  • Soak rice and dal separately for 3-4 hours. Soak methi along with urad dal. I normally use my mixie to grind dosa/idly batter. First drain the excess water from the dal and grind it to a smooth paste using enough water.
  • The batter will come frothy when it is grinded well,  that is the indication for the doneness.  Transfer it to another bowl
  • Next grind the rice to a smooth batter by adding enough water.
  • Mix both the batter together and let it sit for 8-9 hours/ overnight for fermentation. Since the climate is a bit cold here, i left the batter inside my oven with the lights on.
  • Next day morning or after the required time, add salt to the batter  give it a brisk stir.
  • Grease the idly moulds and pour half a laddle of batter in each mould.  Steam cook for 10-12 minutes or until done.
  • Take it off the steamer, let it cool for 5 minutes.  Unmould the idlies to a serving plate and serve hot with sambhar/chutney/podi. I served it with 3-nuts chutney and Idly podi.
Sending this to Kids Delight - Cooking with Whole grains, happening @ +Sandhya Ramakrishnan space, an event by +Srivalli Jetti 

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  1. Healthy idlies :) love how perfect you have made them, such a healthy way to enjoy breakfast

  2. The one time i tried to substitute brown rice in the batter, I found that idlis came out well, but dosa stuck to the pan. Is this the usual recipe you use with white rice or have you made any variations in the usual batter?

  3. For regular idly/dosa i use 5:1 ration jayashree. For brown Rice idly/dosa i use 4:1. I always get it right.

  4. Such a lovely and healthy idlis! Idlis are kid favorite anytime and making it healthy is a added bonus. I will try to make this tonight with brown rice. Thanks for linking it to the event!

  5. very very healthy and soft idli :) looks fantastic !!

  6. The healthier version of idlis look good

  7. Such a delicious looking idlies Priya..

  8. Never tried brown rice in idlis.. Sounds nutritious and healthy.


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