Saturday, May 24, 2014

Brown Rice Idli-Soft Brown Rice Idly Recipe-Healthy Dinner-Breakfast Recipes

By now, regular readers will all be knowing my passion for food, and particularly for eating healthy. I love cooking healthy and nutritious food at home and my pantry is always stocked with a variety of healthy food. I always have brown rice, millets, poha, cracked wheat, organic palm jaggery, dry fruits, nuts, seeds (flax seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds)etc at home. When you eat healthy food, you get a feeling of happiness and satisfaction. Many have the opinion that healthy foods are boring but they can be made delicious and interesting. These brown rice idlis were very soft and delicious and we all loved it very much. Today we will learn how to make brown rice idli following our easy recipe.

brown rice idli
Brown rice idli with chutney

Brown Rice Idli

Brown Rice Idli

 Prep Time : 60 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Recipe CategoryBreakfast/Dinner Recipes
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Brown Rice - 2 or 3 cups
   Par boiled Idly Rice - 1 cup
   Whole Urad dal (without skin) - 1 cup
   Fenugreek seeds/vendhayam - 1 tsp
   Salt needed


Wash and soak brown rice and idly rice together for 4-5 hours.

Wash and soak urad dal and fenugreek seeds together for 4-5 hours.

Grind urad dal until light and fluffy adding water now and then. Add water little at a time every 10 minutes. I usually grind urad dal for 35-40 minutes. Remove it  from the grinder/mixie and keep it aside. Check out my detailed post on idli batter recipe.

Grind brown rice + idly rice to a slightly coarse paste adding water from time to time.

Mix both the urad dal batter and rice batter together with your hands adding salt. The batter should not be thick nor runny. Leave it to ferment for 7-8 hours. Our brown rice idli batter is ready.


Mix the batter well, pour the brown rice idli batter into idli molds and steam cook for 15 minutes.Once cooked remove from mold. Repeat the same process for the rest of the batter. Check out more details in my soft idli recipe post.

Delicious, healthy and soft idlis can be served with sambar or chutney of your choice.

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  1. Hi Padhu, I always look for healthy dish recipes and yours is simply great. BTW, paduskitchen is so well organised and makes easy for the users. Fabulous!!!!!!

  2. Thanks for healthy dishes, nice idea

  3. Thankyou padhu mam for sharing those wonderful receipes...

  4. Very healthy and delicious dish. Thanx Padhua mam.

  5. Thank you Padhu for healthy dish, this idly batter can be used as a dosa batter also?

  6. May I know what is idli rice, please?

  7. Idli rice is par boiled rice sold separately for making idlis. It is available in all groceries in South India.

  8. how many minutes to steam?Do we keep medium or high?

    1. 15-20 minutes on medium heat is enough. When you insert the back of a wet spoon, it should come out clean. If batter sticks to it, you must steam for a few more seconds.

  9. Hello Padhu.. thanks for the healthy idli recipe... Can I avoid idli rice from the ingredients list? Can I use only the brown rice alone? If yes, how the measurements change? Please reply..

    1. You can replace idli rice with brown par boiled rice. If you cannot get brown par boiled rice, use regular brown rice itself.

  10. Hand pounded rice and brown rice are same? Shall I use hand pounded rice fo this recipe


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