Monday, March 11, 2013

Udidu- Moogadali Idli (Mixed Lentil Idli)

Udidu- Moogadali Idli is a very simple and healthy breakfast. I got this recipe from a FB friend- Uma. 

The speciality of this idli recipe is- it doesn't have rice!! yes, you read it right. The same thing happened to me when I first read the recipe. I thought she missed to mention rice. I never thought that idlis can be made only with lentils (dals). I was very excited to try this new variation, as its very healthy. The idlis turned out very good. The texture is different from the normal idlis as it contains only dal. But sure a keeper for those who are trying to reduce weight, diabetic people etc. It goes very well with sambhar

  • Urad Dal/ Split Black gram- 2/3 cup
  • Moong dal/ Split Mung beans- 2/3 cup
  • Salt- To taste
  • Oil- For greasing the moulds
Use any cup to measure the dal. The amount of both the dals added should be equal.


Wash and soak urad dal and moong dal together, for 4-5 hours. Now grind the strained urad dal- moong dal mixture to a smooth paste. Add water while grinding, just enough to aid the grinding process. Once finely ground, transfer it to a bowl. 

Keep the batter in a warm place and allow it to ferment for 8-10 hours (the batter should rise well after fermentation to get spongy idlis. If not they will turn hard. If it has not risen properly then keep it for few more hours. I kept it for nearly a day). 
The final consistency of the batter should be thick but of pouring consistency (thicker than the dosa batter).

Now grease the idli mould using oil and add the batter half way through in each mould.

Steam them in a steamer or pressure cooker (without whistle) for 15-16 minutes. 

Allow it to cool for five minutes and then unmould the idlis using back of the spoon. 
Udidu- Moogadali Idli is ready!!

Serve it hot with Sambhar or any chutney of your choice. Above measurement makes 26 small sized idlis.

Note: You can also add little bit of grated ginger, chopped green chillies and curry leaves to the batter to make it more flavorful.


  1. wow, great recipe, got to try this for sure.

  2. Thanks Vanamala and Sumi. Do give it a try and let me know :-)

  3. Replies
    1. Add salt after fermentation. Sorry I forgot to mention about that .

  4. I tried this idli and it came out mom too tried the same and loved it. Thanks for this wonderful recipe

    1. Thats awesome Shaila. Glad you all like it. Thanks for the feedback. Do try other recipes and let me know :-)

  5. I tried this today and everyone liked it...:) Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Looks interesting! Will definitely try it out. This is the first blog/website I've come across where the author has taken the trouble to reply to every comment. Very touching! 🤗