Easy Brown rice idli recipe is the recipe that i always wanted to do and make a healthy twist to my idli recipes. We all are always on look out for eating healthy food for breakfast ,  lunch and dinner. if you are one looking for such food, then this is a must try recipe.

In my current blog, I would like to share the recipe of the brown rice idli batter and also brown rice idlis. The kind of happiness and satisfaction that we get from eating the healthy food in incomparable. I always love to try my hands on the healthy recipe.

I am sure this will also stand out as one of my favorite healthy recipes i love making. Because the brown rice is a whole grain and helps in lowering the cholesterol. It has high fiber content and not processed as much as the white rice. 

Easy Brown Rice Idli

What is the Recipe of Easy Brown Rice Idli

It cannot be denied that brown rice is healthier, full of nutrition and yet delicious. Today you will learn the step by step procedure on how to make the delicious and yet healthy breakfast with brown rice idli. I am sure you would love try this for your family to make them a happy and healthy family.

Utensils and time required to make Easy Brown Rice Idli

I am sure all the utensils that you need for this recipe is very much available in all Indian Kitchens. You will also be surprised at the time required to prepare to make brown rice idli. You can do wonders so effortlessly. 


Idli Cooker 

1 Bowl to mix the idli batter

4 small bowls to soak the ingredients


Over night – Rice

Urad (Black lentil) , Fenugreek Seeds and Flattened rice


10 to 12  Minutes

Ingredients required for Easy Brown Rice Idli

Before getting into the actual cooking, I would suggest that you keep all the ingredients on your kitchen counter. This makes cooking much easier and you don’t have to keep switching between tasks to find the right ingredient.

Easy Brown Rice Idli



Brown  rice – 1 Cups

Urad dal (Black lentils) – 1/4  cup

Water – 2 Cups

Flattened Rice – 1/2 cup

Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt – According to taste

Complete Procedure for Easy Brown Rice Idli

Making Brown Rice idli is as easy as making the white rice idli. To get soft and spongy it is important to make the idli batter right. While the Rava idli batter can be make instantly, You need to ferment the Brown Rice idli batter. So you need to soak all the ingredients over night and grind it to a nice batter before its fermented. Another very important thing is the same batter can also be used to make dosa or uthappam. You will be surprised to see the multi-use this of the rice batter.

Soak the brown rice in a small bowl over night

In a large bowl , add 1 cup of brown rice and add enough the quantity of water. Rinse the rice twice in the water and clean the rice. You should then soak the brown rice in a bowl. Make sure you soak the brown rice in enough quantity of water and rest it overnight.

Easy Brown Rice Idli

Soak the Urad dal (Black lentil) , Flattened rice and Fenugreek seeds in a separate bowls for two hours

Though we call it Black lenthil, the outer black cover is removed and sold in the market. So the lentil looks white inside.

In a  bowl ,rinse the 1/4 cup of urad dal ( Black lentil)  twice or thrice and soak it in the water. You should make sure you use thrice the quantity of water to soak or two hours. Reason being, the lentils swell up double the size.

Add required water in a another bowl and rinse 1/2 cup of flattened twice. Soak it for two hours with enough water as this will also swell up double. This is another important ingredient to make the idli soft.

In a small cup , add 1/2 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds and soak in water

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Add the soaked brown rice , flattened rice seperately  and Urad dal n fenugreek seeds to the mixer

You must now add the each soaked ingredients to the mixer grinder. Grind each soaked ingredient speerately .

Easy Brown Rice Idli

Grind the Soaked Ingredients into a Batter

You need to grind each soaked ingredient speerately . Transfer the ground paste to separate bowls. You make sure to grind the urad dal or black lentil with fenugreek  seeds together . Grind Flattened rice and brown rice seperately.

Nice and smooth brown rice idli batter will be ready.

Easy Brown Rice Idli

Add the ground flattened rice paste to the brown rice paste and mix well

Take the brown rice paste ta bowl and add the ground flattened rice paste and mix well

Easy Brown Rice Idli

Add the ground urad dal paste to the brown rice paste and mix well

Now you must add the ground urad dal paste to the brown rice paste and mix well. 

Easy Brown Rice Idli

Add the salt to taste and mix well

Make sure there are no lumps in the batter. You must add salt and mix it well so you remove all the lumps in the batter. 

Easy Brown Rice Idli

Transfer the batter to the large bowl and leave it for Fermentation

Now transfer the batter to a large bowl. You should make sure the batter is only filled half of the bowl. Because after the fermentation, the batter rises to the top. If filled more than half, the batter might spill over.

Leave the brown idli batter covered overnight and fermented batter is ready. You will clearly see how much the batter has risen in the bowl.

Easy Brown Rice Idli

Batter has swelled up and risen in the bowl after fermentation

Once the batter is fermented , it swells and rises up in the bowl. You can add little water and adjust the consistency of the batter to make sure its not too thick or too runny. Now the batter is ready for use..

Easy Brown Rice Idli

Add water to adjust the consistency of the batter

You must make sure to add the water to adjust the consistency of the brown rice idli batter. Reason being , the thick batter will make the idli hard.

Easy Brown Rice Idli

Keep the idli cooker on the stove

Take the idli cooker and place it on the stove and keep it in the medium heat. Always maintain the flame in the medium heat not avoid over cooking.

Easy Brown Rice Idli

Add water to the idli cooker

Take half cup of water and add it to the idli cooker. Its very important not to add too much water in the idli cooker. While cooking the water may be spill over the idlis and can make the idli soggy.

Easy Brown Rice Idli

Grease the idli moulds

You must now grease the idli moulds. Please use ghee or any vegetable oil. Add few drops of oil in each idli mould and grease each of the moulds completely.  In some traditional South indian house holds uses cloth to cover the moulds and add the batter on top of it.

Easy Brown Rice Idli

Use a ladle to pour the brown rice idli batter to the ldli moulds

Take the batter in the ladle and pout the batter to the idli moulds. You must now fill the idli moulds with idli batter. You must ensure not to fill the mould until the brim and the idli batter will rise when cooked. 

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Add the idli stand to the idli cooker and cook for ten mins 

Place the idli stand to the idli cooker, close the lid and turn on the stove.Place the idli cooker on the stove and cook for ten mins.

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Check if the idli is cooked well with a knife

You must cook the idli for ten mins minimum and check if the idli cooked well by using a knife or fork. Poke the idli with knife or fork. If the idli is cooked well, the knife would come out clean.

Easy Brown Rice Idli

Remove the idli stand from the idli cooker and let it cool down

You must remove the idli stand from the ldli steamer and let it cool down on its own.

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Remove the idlis and transfer to a bowl

Now its time to remove the idli and transfer it to the bowl or plate. Since you greased the moulds well, the idli will slide away from the moulds easily.

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Serve the soft brown rice idlis

The Soft and spongy brown rice idlis idlis are ready to be served. Serve it with hot Sambar which is one of the best accompaniment for idlis. Sambar is one of the best accompaniment for the idlis.

Easy Brown Rice Idli

Essential Tips for Making Easy Brown Rice Idli

Now that I have discussed the detailed recipe of brown rice Idli, here are a few tips that will help you get the softest and yummiest idlis

1. Keep all the ingredients ready

Before you start cooking, keep all the ingredients in one place. This makes cooking more efficient and you won’t forget.

2. Soak the ingredients for longer time

You must take the right quantity of rice  Soak it overnight with double the quantity of water 

3. Use Flattened Rice

Flattened rice is very important ingredient to help you make soft idlis. It is not required to be soaked overnight, 2 to 4  hours would help.

4. Remove all lumps from batter

If your batter has turned out to be lumpy, make sure you remove all the lumps using a whisk. If you do not have a whisk, use a spoon or fork to remove the lumps.

5. Keep idli moulds greased before adding batter

Always grease up idli moulds before adding batter.

6. Refrigerate soaked Urad Dal

To get softer and fluffier idlis, make sure that, you soak the urad dal in water and refrigerate them. Just like flattened rice, urad dal can be soaked for 4 hours. Not required to soak them overnight

7. Do not overfill the idli moulds

Make sure that you do not fill the idli mould to the brim. After steaming, the idlis will rise, so, make sure you leave a little space for them to rise. Ideally, you should fill a little over three fourth of the idli mould.

8. Remove the idlis carefully

Once the brown rice idli is cooked, don’t remove it from the mould instantly. If you try that, the brown rice idlis may break. Leave it for a minute or two before removing them from the moulds. If you have difficulty removing the idlis, use a sharp object to loosen it from the edges of the idli mould.

9. Squeezing out the water from the flattened rice

Please ensure to squeeze out the water from the soaked flattened rice. Because this will help to avoid excess water in the batter.

10. Add Fenugreek seeds for better fermentation

Fenugreek seeds helps to ferment well. Since the same batter can also be used for dosa, it helps in crispiness

I am sure you must have had wonderful experience learning the brown rice idli batter and idli recipe. Please share your comments in the below section and I will be happy to respond.