Tuesday 19 November 2019

Red Rice Idli /Sivappu Arisi Idli /Healthy Red Rice Idli Recipe

Idli is a staple food of South India which is made by steam cooking the rice and lentil batter. This Red Rice Idli is another healthy alternative breakfast loaded with anti oxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. Due to the presence of fibers, the sugar is absorbed slowly hence the blood sugar level does not rise. Including red rice in our daily diet helps in reducing cholesterol and hence controls weight gain. So, let include lot of red rice in our diet and lead a healthy life. Do try out this healthy and diabetic friendly Red Rice Idli and post your comments here. Meanwhile do check out other interesting and healthy Breakfast Recipes here.

Here’s how to make Red Rice Idli with step by step photos…


Red Rice/Sivappu Arisi
3 cups
Idli Rice
1 cup
Whole Urad Dal/Ullutham Paruppu
1 cup
Fenugreek Seeds/Vendhaiyam
1 tsp
As needed
Author: Priya Anandakumar

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Wash sivappu arisi/red rice and idli rice together in water at least 3 times.

Add fresh water and soak the rice for about 5-6 hours.

Similarly wash urad dal and fenugreek seeds together in water at least 3 times.

Add fresh water and soak the rice for about 5-6 hours.

Now add the urad dal to the grinder and grind it to fine paste with required amount of water and transfer it to a bowl.

Next add the red rice & idli rice together to the grinder and grind it to smooth batter with required amount of water.

Mix both urad dal batter and red rice batter together along with required salt. Keep it overnight for fermentation or for about 7-8 hours.

Next day morning the batter will rise with tiny bubbles indicates the batter is ready to be made into idlis or dosas.

Grease the idli plates with nalla ennai, pour the batter and steam cook the idlis for about 10 minutes.

When you insert tooth pick it comes out clean without batter that shows the idlis are cooked.

When the idlis are done, sprinkle little water and remove the idli tray from the idli cooker and let it sit for about 5 minutes to cool down.

Remove the Red Rice Idlis  using a spoon and serve it hot with delicious Dhaniya Chutney or any chutney of your choice or even with sambar.

You can use the same batter to make dosas.  But when you make dosas, add little water so that it is of the consistency of dosa batter.  [Tip: Take small portion of batter and then add water so that you can make dosa or idli whenever needed]


If you live in colder countries, preheat the oven at 200 C for about 5 minutes and switch off the oven. Keep the batter in oven for about 6-8 hours, the batter will ferment and rise.

Use only gingelly oil for greasing the idli plates, this gives added taste and flavor.

Yummy, delicious, super soft Red Rice Idli is ready to be enjoyed. Serve it with Chutney, Sambar or milagai podi.

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