Horsegram Idli | கொள்ளு இட்லி

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Cooks in: 20 Minutes Serves: 4 People

Horse gram also known as Kulthi, Kollu is grown in many parts of India and is widely used either as whole seed or sprouts. It helps in managing weight, diabetes, cholesterol levels and kidney stones. I have already shared a few recipes with this gram. This healthy, tasty recipe was shared by Dr.Soma Ganesh. He used Whole Ragi for this recipe. As I do not get whole Ragi here, used Barnyard Millet and the result is awesome! Thanks for the recipe Soma.



  1. Wash and Soak Ragi for 6 hours. For other millets like Little/Kodo/Barnyard/Foxtail 4 hours is enough.
  2. Wash and soak urad dal and horse gram together for 4 hours.
  3. Wash and soak poha for 15 minutes.
  4. After enough soaking, drain the water and grind the pulses first to a soft and fluffy texture by adding little water. Remove and transfer to a bowl.
  5. Drain the water from the millets and grind to a fine batter by adding very little water. Once done, add this to the dal batter. Mix well. Allow it to ferment for 6 to 8 hours depending on the weather.
  6. Once fermented, add salt and make idlis.


  • Any millet will work for this recipe. Only soaking time of the grain will vary. If using bajra/jowar/ragi whole grains, soak longer. Other millets can be soaked for just 4 hours.

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    1. Hi Sameera,

      Thanks for your suggestion. That’s something I’ve had in my mind too. However implementing it with accurate information is a bit more challenging. It is planned for the future though. Thanks!

  1. Would love to try these Idlis. But i have a ques. I have a pack of Horsegram in my pantry which is quite old may be 5 yr. old. Does it get bad, I used it other day for dry roast chutney but it smells very strong, is it usual or should I toss it and get a new batch. TIA.

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