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Healthy Masala Idli
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Healthy Masala Idli | Dill Idli

Healthy Masala idli is one of the most nutritious and healthiest idli made with dill leaves and extra lentils to make a complete protein and calcium rich food.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian, Karnataka, South India
Keyword Breakfast_Ideas, Healthy, Weight Loss
Prep Time 14 hours 7 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 14 hours 10 minutes
Servings 20 Makes
Calories 46kcal
Author Muktha H S


  • Mixer
  • Idli moulds
  • Idli cooker or Pressure cooker
  • Mixing bowl


For Soft Idli Batter

  • 1 cup Idli Rice
  • ½ cup Whole Urad dal
  • ½ teaspoon Methi Seeds
  • cup Ice cold water , for grinding
  • 11/2 teaspoon Rock salt

For Healthy Masala

  • ½ cup Dill leaves ,chopped
  • ¼ cup Coriander leaves ,chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Green Chilli , finely chopped less spice variant
  • 1 no Onion ,medium size, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon Coconut Bits ,Chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoon Chana Dal ,soaked
  • 2-3 tablespoon Moong Dal ,soaked


Making Soft Idli Batter in mixer

  • Wash idli rice 2-3 times , till water runs clear and soak it for 6 hrs.
  • Wash Whole Urad dal, methi seeds and soak it separately for 4-6 hrs.
  • Drain water completely from both rice and urad dal and set it aside.
  • Transfer urad dal along with methi seeds into a mixer , add 2 tablespoon of cold water .
  • Grind to a smooth batter , sprinkle ice cold water if necessary while grinding. Once batter is smooth enough ,batter will should up small bubbles .
  • Then transfer into a bowl and set aside.
  • Add soaked idli rice into the same mixer and grind to a coarse paste.
  • Meanwhile add little water (less than ¼ cup) and grind again to get free flowing batter . Touch batter between your palms and you should feel the coarse rava texture.
  • Now transfer the rice batter into a mixing bowl .
  • Add in prepared urad dal batter to rice batter , 1 teaspoon of rock salt and mix in with your hands.
  • Close the lid of mixing bowl and keep in a warm place overnight or 8-10 hours for fermentation.

To make Healthy Masala Idli

  • Soak Chana Dal and moong dal for 1-1.30 hours ( I soak it overnight, as it becomes easy for me prepare idli, early morning) .
  • Next day ,once the batter is fermented , mix gently with a ladle.
  • Drain water from soaked chana dal and moong dal and add to batter.
  • Keep water in Idli Cooker , let it come to boil.
  • Whilst , add in ½ cup of chopped dill leaves , ¼ cup coriander leaves, chopped onion, green chillies and bits of coconut.Mix well
  • Grease Idli Moulds with oil and pour ladle full of batter in each section .
  • Place the arranged idli plates in idli cooker or pressure cooker.
  • Close the lid ( if using pressure cooker , don't use vent ) and cook for 10 minutes only on medium- high heat.
  • Give standing time of 5 minutes, before opening the lid.
  • Remove idli plate , wet the idli mould base with water and carefully remove idlis with a spoon.
  • Serve it hot with coconut chutney, Idli podi and ghee.



Calories: 46kcal