Friday, March 11, 2011

Horsegram idli / Huruli idli: Beginner Series

One more wonderful recipe from my aunt's treasure. Each time I visit her or talk to her, I enlighten myself with more & more interesting dishes. The standard idli recipe uses urad dal/deseeded black lentils, however the horse gram idli uses huruli kaalu/horse gram in place of urad dal. The idlis turn unusually soft & fluffy. The color of the idli is light brown(unlike the normal idlis) because of the horse gram.

Language translations for horse gram
Kannada: Huruli kaalu
Tamil: Kollu
Marathi/Konkani: kulith
Malayalam: muthira
Telugu: ulavalu

(PS: Idli is served with chutney powder, ghee & sambar. The black marks on the idli is because of the horse gram. Ignore them, they do not harm the taste.)

Cooking time : 20mins
Soaking time: 4-6 hours
Fermenting time: 8-12 hours

Ingredients: (Makes around 30 idlis)
Horse gram: 1 cup
Idly/idli rice: 3 cups*
Salt: 1/2 tsp
Other ingredients:
a drop of oil on each idli mould, optional
Special utensils:
Idli plates with stand

* If you are using wet grinder, use 4 cups of idly rice for 1 cup of horse gram. 

  • Wash the horse gram thoroughly & let them soak for 3-4 hours.
  • Wash the rice & let it soak for 5-6 hours.
  • Drain the water from the soaked horse gram & add them to the food processor jar. 
  • Add 2-3 tbsp of ice cold water to the horse gram & pulse for few seconds. Add few tablespoons of ice cold water to the very coarsely done lentils & pulse again. Repeat the whole process of adding ice cold water & pulsing for at-least 5-6 times. 
  • The horse gram paste must be very smooth, light & frothy. Scoop the horse gram batter to a large vessel.
  • Drain the water from the soaked rice & make a smooth paste out of it. Do not add more water while making the rice paste. 
  • Add the rice paste to the horse gram paste.
  • Mix them well. 
  • Allow it to ferment for 8-12 hours, depending on the outside temperature. After proper fermentation, the batter would have raised.
  • Grease the idli plates. Add salt to the batter & mix it. 
  • Pour a tablespoon or a little more of batter to each mould. 
  • Place it in the steamer & steam the idlis for 15-20mins.
  • To check if idli is done, insert a tooth-pick, if it comes clean, idlis are properly cooked. 
  • Remove the idli stand from steamer & allow it to cool for 2-3mins. Carefully remove the idli using a spoon or knife.
  • Serve it hot with a chutney, sambar of your choice.

  • This recipe is very similar to the normal idli. Replace urad dal with horse gram & you could make healthy idlis.
  • If you need more tips on making idli, refer my earlier post on Idlis.


  1. Gud one Sush...that platter looks yum

  2. Huruli idli tumba chennagi bandide Sushma. Monne hesarukaalu idli odide ello nodi..all these are good variations to traditional idlis.

  3. hi never tried horsegram idly. We need it .. will try sometime for sure :)

  4. Wow tats a yum one n podi looks very yummy ..

  5. My mom used to make these sush and I absolutely used to adore them...looks gorgeous:)

  6. Looks absolutely delicious ..Perfect with chutney I simply love this Idlis but don't do it as My hubby doesn't like this

  7. Healthy idly,love the plater...pls pass it.

  8. I too make this,I use 4 :1 as I use wet grinder...healthy one too..nice way to include horse gram in our diet..

  9. Looks delicious! I have made with ragi and not Kollu. Would love to try but we do not get kollu here.

  10. Delicious and healthy idlis..never tried horsegram before..sounds interesting!

  11. Delicious and healthy breakfast..nice recipe.

  12. Superb Thali dear and perfect looking idlis!

  13. Healthy and unique one...looks soo good!!

  14. Healthy and delicious idly. Love it

  15. very perfect idli and best for people who are in diet.

  16. looks healthy and delicious ...
    Bookmarked it :)

  17. That is something unique I found after many days..... Instantly my eyes caught the flavor the captures are boasting about..;) I would love to give this a try ASAP!!!! :)


  18. Idu hosa recipe ri..Super agi kanta ide.

  19. Looks incredible, very healthy too...

  20. Sounds so healthy,make me feel hungry still it very good for health too! Have to include in my diet too :)

  21. Gud recipe for idli with huruli.. never tasted!! very healthy an innovative!!



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