Samai Idli

Little millet is known as Samai in Tamil.
I have been using Samai ( little millet) instead of rice in many recipes. It has been in my mind to make idli with Samai fo some time now. Finally I made it today.

Idli came out really well. The texture, softness and the flavour was just perfect. It’s indeed a very easy way to include millet in the diet:)



For the batter
Idli rice – 1/2 cup
Samai ( little millet) – 1/2 cup
Whole urad dal – 1/4th cup
Fenugreek seeds ( methi/ vendhayam) – 1/4th tsp
Salt to taste

Sesame oil – 2 tsps


To make the batter
Wash and soak rice, samai, urad dal and fenugreek for 2-3 hrs.
Drain the water, add required amount of fresh water and grind to a batter. Add salt to taste, mix well and let it ferment ( over night or 8-10 hrs).


To make the idli

Grease the idli plates.
Pour the batter into the greased plates and steam for 10 -12 mins or till done ( when you insert a tooth pick, it should come out clean.

Serve the idlis hot with chutney and sambar:)



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    1. Samai also known as little Millet can replace rice in many recipes. You can replace rice completely, or if you have never used millet, then try adding half millet and half rice.

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