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A great alternative to the regular idli is this kollu idli. Two navaratri's ago I happen to taste this idli at Dr. Raji's house. I...

Idli and Dosai wtih Kollu/ Horse gram without Rice

A great alternative to the regular idli is this kollu idli. Two navaratri's ago I happen to taste this idli at Dr. Raji's house. I was impressed with the spicy taste and soft texture and it still lingers in my memory. Yesterday, I texted her for the recipe and she mentioned that it was a recipe that her sister and she came up with. This recipe does not have any rice and using this batter idli or dosai can be prepared. The dosai however has an addition of ragi flour to the idli batter. Here is the recipe that she texted me


Measuring Cups and Spoons
Idli Pan with plates
Dosa Tava


Horse Gram - 1 cup
Udad Dal - 1/2 cup
Ragi Flour - 1 cup
Water - enough to soak and grind
Salt - 2 tsp
Green Chili - 2
Ginger - 1 inch
Curry Leaves - a few strands
Cilantro - 1/2 cup
Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
Oil/Ghee - Enough to make dosai and coat the idli plates

Preparation of Idli Batter:

Makes 12 idli's after removing 16 oz of the batter for dosai.

1. Clean the horse gram and udad dhal and soak separately in bowls overnight.

2. Remove the excess water from udad dal and add to the grinder. Add 1/2 cup water and grind it and sprinkle water as and when needed to grind it. Once the dough becomes smooth and fluffy remove and place in a bowl.

3. Next add the horse gram with little water to the grinder and grind well. You will see that the horse gram will triple in quantity and so be cautious of this and check on the grinder often. The batter will resemble the fluffy texture of udad dal.

4. When the horse gram batter is smooth and has puffed up remove and mix with udad dal and add salt.

5. In a blender add some of the batter, ginger, green chili, asafoetida, curry leaves and cilantro and blend to a paste. Add this to the batter and mix well set aside for 2 hours before making idli.

Preparation Of Dosai Batter: 

Makes 6 to 7 dosa

1. Take 16 oz of the idli batter and add to the blender. Add ragi flour and 3/4 cup to 1 cup of water. Blend to a dosa batter consistency. Transfer to a container and store it in the fridge and use when needed.

How to make Kollu Idli and Kollu Ragi Dosai:

1. Grease the idli plates with ghee or oil had a heaped amount of the batter into the idli plate. Place in the pan with water, cover and steam until the idli is done. It can be checked by inserting with flat spoon and if it comes clean then its done. Serve with the chutney of your choice.

2. For making dosai, heat the tava on medium high heat and add a little batter with oil around it. cook on both sides.This helps the tava heat up uniform. Then add more batter and make a dosa and serve with chutney of your choice.


  1. Very good protein rich alternative to rice idlies.I like the way you have posted the pictures in stages which are very useful..

  2. Something new and interesting keto dish. Will try it out

  3. Looks yummy. A good keto recipe and the photos look good.