Today I am here with Kuthiraivali Idli. Kuthiraivali is known as Barnyard millet in English and Jhangora in Hindi. We all love idli and make it often at home. But I have been experimenting with millets a lot lately and tried making idli using barnyard millet and it came out very well. Instead of regular idli rice, I used Kuthiraivali rice and instead of de-skinned urad dal I used whole black gram. Idli tasted similar to regular idli, except for the difference in colour because of using whole urad dal (with skin).
For this Kuthiraivali Idli, I followed the ratio of 3:1 i.e., for 3 cups of Kuthiraivali Rice, I used 1 cup of whole urad dal (black gram). If you do not prefer whole black gram, you can use regular white urad dal. But trust me, you wouldn't find much change in the taste except for the colour and also it is more healthy. The only small hitch I found is that while grinding the urad dal the skins were stuck to the back of the grinder wiper(white one). What can be done is that, in regular intervals you can just scrape them back to the batter and continue with grinding or later discard it. But I just added them back to the batter, It was giving a marbling effect to the batter slightly. Again, this did not bring in any taste difference. Also I did not add any poha or normal rice to this. But added a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds.
Kuthiraivali idli, Barnyard millet idli - How to make millet idlis?
Let us now see how to make soft Kuthiraivali idlis.
Soak kuthiraivali rice and urad dal for atleast 3 - 4 hours.
First in grinder add urad dal and grind till the batter is smooth and fluffy. Transfer it to a container. It took about 30 minutes.
Now add the soaked kuthiraivali rice and then grind till the batter is smooth. Take care while adding water, the batter will become runny. This took another 30 minutes.
Add this to the urad dal batter along with salt and using hands mix them well and let it ferment for minimum 10 - 12 hours. The idli batter must have raised well almost doubled. Then the idli batter is ready.
Now prepare the idli plate by applying oil. Then pour a ladle of batter into the idli plate such that it is about 80% full. Then steam cook idli for about 10 - 12 minutes till it is done.
Then let it cool for 3 -4 minutes then using spoon remove it from idli plate.
Serve it warm with side dish of your choice.