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Varai Idli

Varai Idli is prepared in most of the G.S.B household during festivities especially during Ganesh Chaturthi or any other religious days. I first tasted this Idli as kid in my Mamama’s house. Now my aunt has inherited her style of cooking and has preserved some of her traditional recipe’s . I borrowed this recipe from my aunt which is my  Mamama’s recipe. Back then the batter was ground manually in the grinder. It was such a joy to watch it. At times even we would  try our hands with so much of thrill. Oh how I miss those days. This idli is such  a filling to the tummy that one wont get hungry for a long duration.

Recipe credit : Laxmi Padiyar



Urad dal/ split black gram – 1 cup

Varai / Barnyard Millet – 1 cup

Salt – to taste


  1. Soak Urad dal separately for 3 -4 hours.
  2. Grind it until fluffy in an electric grinder.
  3. Wash the Varai and grind it just 2 to 3 rounds just until it gets slightly smashed like suji consistency.
  4. If you are using Mixer just pulse it 2  times.
  5. Don’t over grind .
  6. Ferment it .
  7. Next morning add salt to taste and beat it well.
  8. Fill the batter in the greased moulds.
  9. Steam it for 20- 25 minutes.
  10. Serve it hot with chutney.






About SaiGeetha Pai

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

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