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Varagu idli | kodo millet idli | millet recipes

by Jeyashri suresh
 Varagu | Kodo Millet is an easily available millet . It is called as Kodra in Hindi and Harka in kannada and Koovaragu in Malayalam. I have just replaced Varagu arisi with normal idli rice. Check out my Idli recipe  for detailed recipe and tips on making idli. The idli turned out super soft and no one could make out that it is millet idli. Varagu has lot of health benefits.It reduces blood sugar and also Cholesterol. Also it is a great source of protein for vegetarians. Serve this Idli with any side dish of your choice,. Check out the side dish for idli 
Kodo millet idli

  Preparation Time : 3 Hrs | Cooking Time : 15 Mins |Yields: 15 idlis

     Varagu | Kodo Millet   4 cups
      Urad dal        1 cup
      Poha | Aval    3 tblsp
      Salt     as needed   



  • Wash the varagu rice , urad dal and poha nicely and soak it all together for 3 hours.
  • Grind this in a wet grinder and and add salt. Ferment this for 8 to 9 hours till the batter raises.
to-soak batter
  • Grease the idli pan and pour the batter in it.
  • Steam the idlis for 10 minutes in a medium flame.

    steam idli
  • Carefully take it out with he help of a spoon. Do not take it out immediately.
  • Let it sit for a minute and then take it out. Idlis are ready to serve.  varagu-idli


  1. The idlis will not be very white in color as the normal rice idli.
  2. Taste wise it doesn’t have any difference as it tasted exactly as the normal idli.
  3. Refer my Idli post for more tips .

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Suchi Sm December 9, 2014 - 11:08 am

Healthy Idli.. Love to have millet recipes..

Veena Theagarajan December 9, 2014 - 12:30 pm

healthy and soft idli.. I love it u don't really miss rice in it

Divs December 9, 2014 - 1:10 pm

love this varagu idli..prefer this over regular idlies anytime..plating looks so inviting!

Vivina Vincent Baljepalli November 27, 2015 - 10:39 pm

My rice idlis are soft...but not the Miller idlis are not soft..where could I be going wrong?

Priya.V July 13, 2017 - 3:09 am

Hi Jeyashri, I have been following all your receipes..Regarding your post about varagu idli, what is the proportion & incase if iam using mixie grinder?

jeyashri suresh July 17, 2017 - 5:16 am

If using mixie add 3 cups of varagu and 1 cup of urad dal, will be fine.

chandana August 31, 2017 - 5:51 am

Can we also make dosa with this batter?

jeyashri suresh September 1, 2017 - 1:11 pm

Yes you can make it.

Dr.SUDHIPTHI Bnys May 14, 2018 - 6:26 am

Hi I tried it but it came out hard. Wat to be done better to make soft idlis

Jeyashris Kitchen May 15, 2018 - 8:28 am

There may be many reasons for the hard idlis. Please check my post on how to make idli, (the link is given in the notes section). The consistency of the batter matters, if not in the right consistency it will become hard. also if you keep the batter in the grinder for some time after you finish grinding,the heat will make the idlis hard. Check the post


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