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Kulitha Idli /Kultha ramdan

This is a popular G.S.B breakfast  and is commonly prepared in most of the G.S.B household.My Mamama  used to prepare this on  most of the Sunday’s and would make it a point to give some to me and Amma.And the same tradition is continued by my aunt even now and she too has the same magic in her hands just like Mamama.Even Santoshi prepares this idli very well.Since it was given to me by my aunt or by Santoshi I hardly used to prepare it.But this time I made my mind to try on my own following Santoshi’s and Mayi’s instructions and it came out perfect.Mayi follows the recipe using idli rawa and Santoshi prepares with rice.
                                        As kid I used to dislike many things and it is vice versa now.There were so many dishes I would not even taste .That is  a common thing among kids I believe.’Kulithu’ means ‘horsegram’ which is very good for health.There many dishes prepared with this healthy pulse…It is better to grind all the ingredients in the electric grinder for better results.

Urad dal -1 cup
Horsegram -1 cup
Idli rawa -2 cups or dosa rice -2 cups (I used idli rawa)
Salt – to taste 2 tbsp approx


  1. Soak urad dal for 5-6 hours in enough water.
  2. Soak horsegram separately in enough water for 2-3 hours.
  3. Soak rice  separately if you are using rice for 3-4 hours.
  4. Once soaked,wash the urad dal well and grind it in an electric grinder until light and fluffy.
  5. Grind horsegram to a smooth paste and keep it separately.
  6. Grind rice coarsely in the mixer if you are using so,
  7. Mix ground urad dal and rice together.
  8. Or wash idli rawa add to ground urad.
  9. Refrigerate the ground horsegram.
  10. You may also add grind horsegram the next morning.
  11. If you grind the horsegram in the grinder it will be very fluffy and light just like foam.
  12. Ferment the urad/rice/idli rawa batter overnight or for 5-6 hours.
  13. Next morning add salt to taste and ground horsegram and beat the batter well.
  14. Grease the idli moulds,fill the batter and steam it for 25 minutes.
  15. You may also put the batter in a thali and steam or on plantain leaf.
  16. Serve it hot with coconut oil or chutney or pickle.
  17. Same batter may be used to prepare thick dosa which is called as ‘Doddak’ .

About SaiGeetha Pai

I am Saigeetha, a homemaker, food blogger, baker and a cook. Cooking is my passion.


  1. very healthy recipe looks delicious 🙂 must try this sometime.

  2. Healthy and tasty idly……. Adding horse gram is new to me !!

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