Mixed Millet Idli & Dosa
Ingredients for batter :
Varagu (Kodo Millet) (Kodra) – 1 cup
Kudiraivali (Barnyard Millet) (Jhangora) – 1 cup
Saamai (Little Millet) (Kutki) – 1 cup
Quinoa (Seemai Thinai) – 1/4 cup
Thinai (Foxtail Millet) (Kangni) – 1/2 cup
Kambu (Pearl Millet) (Bajra) -1/2 cup
Cholam (Sorghum) (Jowar) – 1/4 cup
Urad Dal – 1 and 1/4 cups to be soaked with 1 tsp Fenugreek (Methi) (Vendhayam) seeds.
Salt to taste (Pink Himalayan Rock/Crystal salt used)
Water for grinding
All millets used in this recipe are organic. Only Urad dal is not certified organic. All these listed millets are also native to India except for Quinoa. Before rice and wheat consumption became fashionable this century, our forefathers mostly ate millet three times a day. Even now, villagers in India have millets for main course. Ragi Mudde is popular in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu peasants have Kezhvaragu koozh for breakfast.
I left out Ragi/Kezhvaragu (Finger Millet) (Mandua in Hindi) because, mostly in roti flour I mix Ragi flour 1 tsp and flax seed powder 1/2 tsp. Moreover, Ragi will make Idli appear very darker. Consistency also may not be upto mark on grinding the batter. May be a handful can be added.
How to grind the batter?
Mix all millets together and rinse clean. Leave standing water for soaking overnight. (Eight hour soaking recommended)
Soak urad dal and methi seeds together.
Grind to buttery consistency the urad dal first.
Grind to coarse consistence, the mixed millets. Little millets may remain unground, but it is fine.
Pour the mixed millet batter on top of ground urad dal and stir well. You can salt at this stage.
Keep aside. No need to add baking or cooking soda or yeast.
Batter will ferment and raise well on its own just like regular Idli/dosa batter in a couple of hours (or more).
Refrigerate and make Idli/Dosa like regular Idli/Dosa.
Millets are rich in vitamins and minerals. Totally gluten-free and are slow to digest. Therefore ideal for the diabetic or pre-diabetic. However, Millets may be consumed with caution in case of thyroid malfunction. Perfect weight-loss diet.
Power breakfast to kickstart your day with! Sumptuous, nutritious, filling, lighter at the same time. Soft, fluffy, melting in mouth. Best served with Mint-Coriander (Pudina-Dhaniya) Coconut Chutney and Lentil Sambhar and Urad Dal Vada.