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Kambu Idli (Pearl Millet Idli)

 Published 2022-Nov-21   Updated 2022-Nov-21
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These days all are trying to incorporate healthy meals in everyday diet. In an effort to do this, people are trying to include millets, fresh fruits and vegetables more and more in regular cooking. I have shared many millet recipes in this site. Do make use of them to stay healthy.

Coming to today’s recipe, this Kambu Idli is a healthy breakfast item that tastes and looks almost like regular idlis. The colour of the idlis are slightly brownish but the taste is no different. So it is easy to make kids and fussy adults have this healthy grain easily. This kambu idli batter is prepared like regular idli batter and can be used to make both idlis and dosas. Since I’ve already shared a separate recipe for Kambu Dosai, I’ve dedicating this post jst for Kambu (Pearl Millet) Idlis.

Recipe for Kambu Idli

Preparation time: 12 hours (including soaking and fermentation)
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Serves: 6


  • Kambu Arisi (Pearl Millet Rice) - 2 cups 
  • Urad dal - 1/2 cup 
  • Fenugreek Seeds - 1 tsp 
  • Salt - 1 tsp 

For making Dosa & Idli

  • Oil - to grease the idli tray/ to make dosas 


Preparing Kambu Batter

  1. Wash and soak the urad dal with fenugreek seeds in a bowl and the kambu arisi (pearl millet rice) in another bowl overnight. 
  2. Grind the urad dal in a mixie or grinder till it become fluffy. 
  3. Next grind the spaked kambu to a smooth batter. 
  4. Mix both the batters together in a big bowl with required salt. 
  5. Keep the batter  in a big bowl and let it ferment overnight or until it doubles in volume. 
  6. After it ferments, you can make idlis or dosa immediately. You can also store the batter in the fridge for 3-4 days. 

Making Kambu Idli

  1. Grease idli plates with few drops of oil and pour a ladleful of the fermented batter. 
  2. Place in the idli vessel and steam it for 12-15 minutes. If you insert a knife or toothpick it should come out clean.
  3. Remove the idlis using a wet knife or spoon and serve with some chutney or sambar. 

More Pearl Millet Recipes

Pearl Millet Roti Thalipeeth (Pearl Millet Roti) Pearl Millet Dosa Kambu Dosai (Pearl Millet Dosa) Pearl Millet Poridge Kambu Koozh (Pearl Millet Poridge) Bajra Bhakri Bajra Bhakri
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