Red rice idli recipe is something you can make always instead of regular white rice idlis. As red rice is good in lowering the blood pressures and heart attacks. These are the very common health issues amongst the elders in the family. 

In my current blog, i will be sharing the simple recipe of the red rice idli batter and also the red rice idlis. The batter needs to be fermented and gives a soft and spongy idlis. You can also add some veggies to the batter and make it more nutritious 

Red rice idli making is very much similar to the regular idlis but has many many health benefits compared to the regular idlis.  You can amaze everyone in your family by making this simple recipe that can also be served as dinner. 

Red Rice Idli Recipe

What is the Red Rice Idli Recipe

Idlis can be made from variety of rice. One of the best and healthiest rice variety with lots of nutritional value. To make the soft and spongy idlis, you must learn to make the batter with right proportion of ingredients. 

Utensils and time required to make Red Rice idli recipe

You must know the utensils and time required for preparing any dish. This way you can plan your cooking efficiently. These simple things  also helps to have a non chaotic environment in your kitchen.  


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 Red Rice Idli recipe

The recipe needs very basic  ingredients that is available in any indian kitchen. Even then it is important to have them all ready before you start the cooking to avoid running around while cooking

Red Rice Idli Recipe


Red 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 Red Rice Idli recipe

Once the spinach puree is prepared and kept ready, spinach idli will be ready in no time. You can use the same spinach puree as a spread for sandwiches also. You may reuse it this way if you prepare it in excess. Now let us now get started with the step by step procedure of the spinach puree and also the spinach idli making.

Soak the red rice in a bowl overnight

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

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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 red 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 .

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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 red rice seperately

Nice and smooth red rice idli batter will be ready.

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

Take the red rice paste to a bowl and add the ground flattened rice paste and mix well

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

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

Red Rice Idli Recipe

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. 

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

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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.

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Add water to adjust the consistency of the batter

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

Red Rice Idli Recipe

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.

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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.

Red Rice Idli Recipe

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.

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Use a ladle to pour the red 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.

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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 plate

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 red rice idlis

The Soft and spongy red rice idlis idlis are ready to be served. Serve it with bottle gourd peanut curry.  If you are someone who wants to try healthy food you should also try tasty brown rice idlis too.

Red Rice Idli Recipe

Essential Tips for Making Red Rice Idli recipe

Even for the simplest recipes, it is essential to know the essential tips for successful cooking. I am sharing some of the key tips i always follow to have a good cooking experience

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 red rice idli is cooked, don’t remove it from the mould instantly. If you try that, the red 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 red rice idli batter and idli recipe. Please share your comments in the below section and I will be happy to respond.