Thursday, 27 September 2018


Chutney Stuffed Ragi Idli | Stuffed Ragi Idli

Chutney stuffed ragi idli recipe

Chutney stuffed ragi idli is a twisted version of usual rawa idli. The goodness of ragi gives this idli a different color and taste and the addition of chutney as stuffing just makes it divine. Ragi is a gluten-free whole grain known as Finger Millet or Nachni or Mandia in India. Despite numerous health benefits somehow it remains absent in our diet. Ragi is the best supplement for wheat or any other grains because of its low fat and high protein content. And it is a best non-dairy source of calcium. It should be in the diet of every age groups. Starting from 0 to 90. Few major health benefits of ragi such as:
  • Helps in weight loss 
  • Helps in controlling diabetes 
  • Battles insomnia, headache, and depression 
  • Helps to cure acidity and other digestive problems
  • Battles anemia
  • Reverts skin aging

Ragi flour

The best thing about this idli is it is not only easy-to-make but also a complete meal in itself. You can enjoy this dish as it is or along with some sambar in your breakfast. Thus it is perfect for lunch box or picnic or a long road trip. It is an onion garlic free recipe. So it can be eaten on festive days too. Here is a tip you can follow. While steaming the idlis add the squeezed lime peel to the water. It will protect the idli steamer or cooker from stains. So try this recipe at your home and enjoy with your loved ones!

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Ingredients for chutney

  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 5-6 chopped curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 1 chopped green chili
  • 1 inch chopped ginger (adrak)
  • 2 tablespoons chana dal (split Bengal gram)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar for flavor (optional) 
  • Salt to taste

Ingredients for Idli

  • 1/2 cup ragi flour (finger millet flour)
  • 1/2 cup rawa (semolina or suji)
  • 1/2 cup curd
  • Water as required
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ghee/oil for greasing


Chutney stuffed ragi idli recipe

Making of the chutney

  • In a blending jar take all of the above ingredients written under chutney, except water and blend it. Now add water and blend it until smooth. Transfer the chutney to a bowl.

Making the stuffed idli

  • Heat a pan and dry roast the rawa for 2-3 minutes over medium flame. Then transfer it to a bowl and let it cool down.
  • Add ragi flour and salt. Mix well.
  • Add curd and a little water and mix well. Now add little by little water and stir well to make a lump-free batter. Once done, cover a lid and rest it for 30 minutes.
  • After the resting time over, check the consistency of the batter and add little more water if needed. The batter should not be very thick or thin.
  • Add the baking soda and stir well. The baking soda must be added just before the steaming.
  • Heat the idli steamer with enough water. 
  • Grease ghee or oil on each mold.
  • Now pour a tablespoon of batter on each greased mold. 
  • Then pour 1/2 tablespoon of chutney just right on the center. 
  • Once again pour 1/2 tablespoon of batter on the top just to cover up the chutney. 
  • Once all the molds filled up, slowly tab each idli plate 2 to 3 times just to make it gap-free.
  • Place them in the steamer and steam for 10-12 minutes over medium flame. 
  • After 12 minutes, insert a toothpick. If it comes out clean, the idlis are perfectly cooked. 
  • Now turn off the flame and rest it for 2 minutes. 
  • After 2 minutes remove the plates from the steamer and let them slightly cool down. 
  • Once done unmould the idli plates and serve hot.

Chutney stuffed ragi idli recipe

This recipe is for our FB group  Healthy Wellthy Cuisines for the theme Ragi. 

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  1. Looks amazing Geetanjali!!! I will try this soon; fabulous idea stuffing chutney in an idli, that too a ragi one!!! Just wanted to point out dear; you have missed adding how much curd to add for the idli. By the way....gorgeous, gorgeous clicks!!!!!

    1. Just added.I am so glad you have noticed.Thanks so much dear☺

  2. Wow this loooks incredible. Such a healthy and comforting snacks for me !!! loved it.

    1. Glad you liked this. Thank you so much !!😊

  3. I never heard of idlis stuffed with chutney inside. It looks so colourful and delicious. I will try this recipe soon.

    1. Do try... You will love the taste and flavor☺

  4. I do make normal idli with stuffing but never used ragi flour, sounds so healthy and delicious. I must make soon.

    1. I am glad you liked this. Thank you so much😊

  5. Totally loved this idea of making healthy ragi idlis and stuffing them with flavorful green chutney..can't wait to try out. Thanks for the share

    1. Than you Poonam ! Do try and give a feedback ☺

  6. This is one of the best healthy breakfast option... Will check your fb group soon...

  7. Geetanjali you dont have any right to kill me with awesome ragi idlis... not fair. I love ragi idli and make every week. Let me try this soon.

  8. Very innovative recipe. Chutney stuffed Ragi idly. I am sure the plate must have been emptied quickly. Very healthy and delicious recipe. Nice capture.

    1. Indeed, it was. Thank you so much Malini for your lovely words.

  9. Wow very innovative recipe dear! Love the beautiful color of the idly . This makes a wonderful evening snack! Will definitely try this soon! ❤️

    1. Do try. You will love it☺ Thank you !!

  10. This is a delicious one, no need of any accompaniments with it, loved it Geetanjali.

  11. I love it! Needs no accompaniments and healthy too.

  12. What a good idea! No need to send any accompaniments! Love it!

  13. Healthy and an innovative recipe...Looks so good!