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Healthy Millet Idlis for Breakfast ..

Banyard Millet or Sanwa / Samvat ke chawal or Jhangora is usually used in dishes during fasting days. I cannot stress enough the "Health Benefits Of Millets ". Easily available here at Rootzorganics .

  • Millets are anti acidic Millets are gluten free

  • Millets detoxify body

  • Niacin (vitamin B3) in millet can help lower cholesterol

  • Prevents breast cancer

  • Helps to prevent type 2 diabetes

  • Effective in reducing blood pressure

  • Helps to protect against heart diseases

  • Aids in treating respiratory conditions such as asthma

  • Helps to optimize kidney, liver and immune system health

  • Reduces risk of gastrointestinal conditions like gastric ulcers or colon cancer

  • Eliminates problems like constipation, excess gas, bloating and cramping

Source : IIMR , Indian Institute of Millets Research

We love idlis (usually steamed rice cakes ) at our home and and so it was the Barnyards Millets' turn to replace it . Usually served with fresh Coconut Chutney and Lentils. A perfect light breakfast to start the day !

Banryard Millet Idli with home made Coconut Chutney

Ingredients :

1 1/2 cup Barnyard Millet

3/4 cup Black split Urad daal

1/4 tsp salt

To prepare:

1. Wash and soak the grains separately for 6-8 hrs. Drain the water and grind both together into a semi course mixture and ferment overnight .

2. You will see the batter has risen in the morning. Add salt .

3. If you want to add water to this to make it slightly runny , do so now and mix well.

4. If you want to store some batter in the fridge , don't add salt to that portion . It will keep for upto 2 weeks.

5. Prepare an idli steamer . Lightly grease the moulds. Pour a tblsp each in the idli steamer .

6. Steam for 15-20 minutes. Remove and enjoy hot with chutney and sambhar (spiced lentils).

Tip: You may keep the batter in the fridge for 2 days. I found the idlis tasting better after a day kept in the fridge !

Coconut Chutney

Ingredients :

1/2 cup freshly grated coconut (white part)

1 inch ginger

2 green chilies (optional)


1/2 tblsp Sesame Oil

1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds

1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds

A few Curry Leaves

1 no. whole red chilly , broken into two with seeds removed

A pinch of Asafoetida

To Prepare :

1. Grind the coconut in a small grind jar with the ginger and green chilies.

2. Add some water to see it grinds into a smooth consistency chutney or how you would like it . Remove in a bowl .

3. Heat a pan , add sesame oil. Lower the flame , add the seeds .

4. When they start to crackle add the the curry leaves, red chilly and asafoetida . See its mixed well.

5. Top the chutney with this temper and mix very well.

6. Serve with the idlis.

TIP : Make fresh as much as possible as this spoils fast . You many add a dollop of tamarind whicle grinding so that it may last a bit longer.

Enjoy the goodness of healthy food at the start of your day !

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