Ragi Idli


The name of this dish is simply Ragi Idli but in my opinion it should be renamed to ‘Life saver’. The other day, I woke up later than usual and had to get the breakfast ready for the husband while simultaneously managing the daughter and our domestic help so that he could catch his office bus which is the only mode of transport to his office situated in the middle of nowhere. (That is a story for another day.) I had this recipe on hand since I had to make another dish for this month’s BM and it totally saved me. It does not take too long and is nutritious cum filling which are the exact criteria needed to get into my regular recipe roll. So here goes –

Makes 12-14 medium sized idlis

Recipe from here


Ragi flour                             1 cup

Rava / Sooji                          1 cup

Curds / Yogurt                    1 cup

Oil                                           5 tsp

Mustard seeds                    1/2 tsp

Curry leaves                        1 sprig

Ginger, grated                    1″

Eno fruit salt                       1 tsp





  • Mix the ragi flour, rava and curds in a bowl
  • Add salt and around 1/2 cup water to make a thick idli batter
  • Let it rest for 10-12 minutes
  • Heat 2 tsp oil in a small pan and once it is hot, add mustard seeds and curry leaves
  • Add these to the idli batter and mix well
  • Add some more water if the batter is too thick. The batter should fall smoothly and not in blobs
  • Add the balance 3 tsp oil, ginger and eno fruit salt and mix well. The Eno fruit salt can be replaced with 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Pour the batter in the idli moulds and steam for 12 minutes
  • Let it rest for around 5 minutes before opening.
  • Dip the tail end of a spoon in some water and use it to unmould the idli from the mould
  • Serve hot with chutney or sambhar or molaga podi (gunpowder / chilly powder)
  • Enjoy!



This is my post for the Blogging Marathon under the theme – Ingredient by Mail.


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16 Comments Add yours

  1. Kalyani says:

    oh this is an instant version of Ragi Idli ! love to try it sometime soon … how many Idlis did this batter make, Sowmya ?

  2. Ritu Tangri says:

    yep…I liked the other name ‘The life saver’..Lol…healthy and instant

  3. Sandhiya says:

    Idly looks so soft.Usually i prepare dosa with ragi, but idly that too instant , great recipe.

  4. I make ragi idlis similarly but rarely.

  5. Rajani S says:

    That’s a recipe to try for sure. Bookmarking this!

  6. Priya Suresh says:

    Instant ragi idli looks fabulous and nutritious.

  7. These idlis look super soft. Love that texture..

    1. Sowmya:) says:

      Thank you so much

  8. Pavani says:

    Wow, those ragi idlis look so soft and fluffy. Never thought ragi flour can be added to rava idlis.

  9. preeti garg says:

    I think you are biggest fan of ragi.. ragi idli looks so perfect.

  10. Srivalli Jetti says:

    hahah…waiting for that story to be shared sowmya, meanwhile yes these idlis look so good!

  11. healthy and wholesome idli

  12. Looks yuumm! healthy and a easy recipe!

  13. I made these Sowmya long ago but did not post the recipe. Posting it tomorrow. Thanks.

    1. Sowmya:) says:

      Glad to hear that!! Looking forward to your post!

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