Ragi Idli and Dosai

Ragi idli batter can be made in multiple ways. We can also use the ragi batter to make ragi dosai. This dish goes well with Coriander leaves Chutney.

Ragi Idli and Dosai

Recipe by S Kamala
2.0 from 1 vote
Course: BreakfastCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Medium


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Ragi idli batter can be made in multiple ways. We can also use the ragi batter to make ragi dosai.d


  • Method 1:
  • whole ragi grain – 1 cup

  • Idli Rice – 1 cup

  • Urad dhal – ½ cup

  • Fenugreek seeds – 2 teaspoons

  • Method 2:
  • Ragi Flour – 2 cups

  • Idli Rice – 1 cup

  • Urad dhal – ½ cup

  • Fenugreek seeds – 2 teaspoons

  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste


  • Method 1 (Using whole ragi grain)
  • Soak all ingredients.
  • Grind ragi and rice to a fine paste.
  • Then grind urad dhal and fenugreek into smooth paste. Mix both these and add enough salt and make a batter.
  • Keep it for at least 8 hours for fermentation. Then make idli as usual.
  • Method 2 (Using Ragi flour)
  • Soak ingredients from above except Ragi.
  • Grind the rice, urad dhal and fenugreek to a fine paste.
  • Add 2 cups ragi flour to this along with salt and make a batter.
  • Ferment it and make idli.
  • Method 3 (Using regular Idli Batter)
  • Add a cup of ragj flour to the normal idli batter (about 2 cups of batter).
  • Add a pinch of salt and ½ teaspoon “Fruit Salt” and mix it well and make idli.
  • Tips
  • followed the method two and seasoned the batter with little mustard, urad and bengal gram dhal, red chilli and few curry leaves.
  • Making Dosa
  • With the same batter, we can make dosa also. Just add little water to the batter and make it slightly thinner than the idli batter.
  • Heat Tawa and grease it. Pour a ladle of dosa batter and spread it to a thin circle.
  • Pour a teaspoon of oil around the corners and cook for few seconds.
  • Flip it over and cook other side also.
  • Serve with Coriander Chutney.


  1. Aswathy Ramaswamy

    I happened to see your site only yesterday. I tried ragi idli and it came out very well. Some batter is left, i’ll make dosa in the evening. Thanks a lot for this healthy recipe

    • Hi Aswathy Ramaswamy,

      Welcome to my site. Nice to hear that you tried this idli and came out well.

      • Hi
        I tried ragi dosa, it came out very well and your website is realllllllllllly good and i tried many receipes, everything came out very well.
        Thank You very much.

  2. Hi Kamala,

    I tried this Ragi Dosa using your 3rd method and with some changes, i have seasoned with bengal gram dal, mustards, green chilly, curry leaves,
    and added half tomato jucie, i am not a fan of Ragi, but taste was good the first day and very very good the 2nd day when i use the rest of the batter.
    Thank you.

  3. Sudhir Singh

    I prepared ragi idli by your method and they came out very well. THanks for the healthy recipe.

  4. madhu govind

    Hi kamala, got to see ur site and it is amazing.tried ur oats dokla and it came out very well.thank u.im into lot of health cooking. Looking for more of it. Madhu.

  5. Hi Mam, your website and recipes are really awesome. Last week i tried vermicelli halwa and my parents enjoyed it. Thank u a lot mam..!

  6. anitha -mysore

    Hi mam , some ofyour reciepes are quick to make &very much helpful for working womans like me. Keep posting more such healthy recipes.

  7. jaya – Australia Brisbane.
    Dear Kamala,
    I just saw your breakfast recipes, i tried your 2nd method idli. my family and Aussie friends loved it. thank you and keep posting.

  8. Hi kamala,
    I tried ragi idly and dosa today. it came out very well. Thanks for your healthy receipe.

  9. Dear ma’am,
    Your recipes are wonderful.I tried your ragi dosa and it tasted really superb and my diabetic husband’s sugar level is normal eating this dosa.I’m going to try ragi idly.Thank you for the recipes.Keep up the excellent work.

    • Hi Rani,

      Nice to hear that this recipe made the sugar level normal. Now we get ragi semiya and other ragi products in the market. You can try more recipes with ragi. Even you can make snack items like Murukku, thattai etc., with ragi flour. I will also try to post the recipes shortly.

  10. Dear Mam,
    Your recipes are innovative & healthy 🙂
    I have few queries..
    How long should we need to soak rice, urad dhal and fenugreek seeds? Do we soak all together or soak each separately?
    Also while grinding do we grind urad dhal & Rice together or separately?

    • Hi Divya,

      Thank you for your kind words. Rice and dhal should be soaked atleast for 6 hours. Both should be soaked separately. Fenugreek is added to urad dhal and soak it. Grinding also to be done separately. If you want to grind very small quantity (say about a cup), then you can soak altogether and grind it to a fine paste.

  11. Hi kamala,
    I tried ragi idly and dosa today. Dosa came out very well.
    My Husband likes it very much. Thanks for your healthy receipe.

  12. Can this be made without rice?

    • Hi Radha,

      Yes. You can soak only urad dhal and grind it to a paste. Add ragi flour with salt and mix it well. Ferment and make idli.

  13. Woooow!!! I have to give my great thanking to you.as m newly married.joyfully enjoying and sharing your recipe with my friend who’s setteled down at abroad.thanks again.

  14. hi mam.can i ask for a batter combination for paruppu adai please?

    • Hi Vidya,

      You can combine rice and dhals according to your own taste. Normally for 1 cup rice you can add 1/2 or 3/4 cup thuvar dhal or mixed dhal (thuvar dhal + bengal gram dhal+ green gram dhal etc). Some people use 1:1 ratio of rice and dhal. Check my version of Spicy Adai under Breakfast category.

  15. seema ashrafi

    hello kamala ji,
    i m very thankful to u showed something different.
    i m diabetic & it is very useful for diabetic person…

  16. Hi,

    Can I use Idli Rava for the above recipe instead of rice? How much should be the measure? If not, what is the substitute for idli rice?

  17. Hi
    I tried ragi sweet adai, it came out very well and your website is really good.. very nice
    Thank u

  18. hi,i was checking for a diabetic recepi.i have a packet of ragi seeds.how can i make ragi dosa without rice.pls tell me its propotion.i want to avoid rice completly.

    • Hi Manju,

      You make make dosa only with ragi flour. Just mix it with water and make thin batter like dosa batter. Add salt, chopped onion, green chilli, ginger and make dosa. No proportion is needed here. If you are using ragi seeds. Soak it, wash and drain the soaked water and then grind it to a soft paste and use it.

  19. also i like to know ,u mentioned soak ragi seeds and grind .we should not want to strain it

  20. mam,can u post some recepies specially for diabetic patients

  21. Hi Kamala,

    Could you please tell me the proportion of ragi seeds and urad dal, if I want soft Ragi idli without rice?

  22. What is fruit salt?

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