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Red Rice Idli Recipe with Sprouted Black Urad Dal

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Recipe for red rice idli made with unpolished red rice and whole grain black urad dal thats been sprouted. Recipe with step by step pictures.

  • Total Time: 48 hours 10 mins
  • Yield: 40 idlies 1x


  • 2 cups red rice, unpolished
  • 2 cups regular white idli rice ( you can use any parboiled rice and it works fine)
  • 1 cup whole black urad dal
  • 2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 3 tablespoon sabudana – javvarisi (made into a powder)
  • 2 tablespoon salt


  1. Soak the black urad dal in water for about 10-12 hours. Drain the soaked urad dal and place it in a bowl and cover it with a lid and allow it to sprout overnite.
  2. Soak the rice and fenugreek seeds when the dal is sprouting.
  3. Grind the fenugreek seeds in a wet grinder with half a cup of water for five minutes.
  4. Add in the urad dal and grind for 30 minutes. Add upto a cup of water (max) while grinding urad dal.
  5. Remove the urad dal to a big bowl.
  6. Now add in the soaked and drained rice to the grinder along with a cup of water. Let the rice grind for 30 minutes. Add in the sabudana powder to the rice.
  7. Remove the rice and add it to the bowl. Add in the salt. Mix the batter well
  8. Keep the bowl in a warm and draft free place and allow it to ferment for 6-8 hours.
  9. Mix the batter well and the batter is now ready for making idlis. Store the batter in the refrigerator and use it in 3 days.


For smaller quantity,
You can halve the recipe and it works perfectly well.

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 48 hours
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu
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