Whole Wheat Idly

4 Aug

Godhuma Idly.

Whole wheat idly is prepared from whole wheat grains. Whole wheat is roasted till golden brown and soaked along with idly rice. Both are ground into smooth paste next morning along with soaked urad dal. Various chopped and grated vegetables are mixed into the batter and whole wheat idly done by steaming the batter.
Makes: around 6 regular Whole Wheat Idly


Whole Wheat 1 Cup
Idly Rice / Parboiled Rice 1 Tbsp
Urad Dal 1/4 – 1/2 Cup
Sooji / Semolina 1 Tbsp
Cumin Seeds a big pinch
Carrot 1 Small
Cilantro Few Sprigs
Salt to taste

Method of preparation:

Heat a heavy pan on medium heat, add whole wheat and fry them till aromatic and golden brown.
Before removing from heat, add the idly rice in the hot pan.
Cool and soak the roasted whole wheat along with idly rice in enough water for 6 – 8 hours.

Wash thoroughly and soak urad dal in enough water for an hour or two.
Grind the soaked whole wheat and idly rice into smooth paste along with soaked urad dal.
Add just enough water to make the ground mixture soft and thick.

Peel, remove ends and grate the carrot.
Wash and finely chop cilantro.
In a mixing bowl, add ground whole wheat batter, sooji, grated carrot, cumin seeds, cilantro and salt.
Add few tbsps of water if required to make the batter thin enough to pour into molds.
Grease idly mold with a dollop of ghee and fill in the idly batter.
Steam the idly for 8 – 10 minutes or until they cook and become soft.
Serve whole wheat idly with coconut chutney or tomato chutney.
Notes: Make sure idly is cooked before removing from heat.

Suggestions: If whole wheat idly still has batter in center, steam the idly for 5 more minutes before serving. If idly comes little hard, add more water to the batter and try.
Variations: Add green chilli paste or chopped green chilli to the batter to make idly spicy. Use idly rawa if you can’t find idly rice.
Other Names: Godhuma Idlilu.


13 Responses to “Whole Wheat Idly”

  1. Abha Agrawal September 10, 2009 at 1:06 am #

    A nutritious variation of the simple idli

    • Raji September 12, 2009 at 10:34 am #

      Yes. Sure nutritious though little harder than normal urad idly.

  2. suma November 6, 2009 at 10:44 am #

    The idlis look very good and nutritious.But, I have a doubt!!! Don’t we need to ferment the batter? If so can we soak it overnigth and grind in the morning and make the idlis?Please reply.Thank u.

  3. Raji November 6, 2009 at 11:32 am #

    @suma you dont have to ferment the batter. I dont think it makes a big difference even if you do. But dont leave the batter outside overnight. Refrigerate after couple hours of fermenting.
    Remember that these idly doesnt come as soft as the regular rice idly. Make small wheat idly for much softer version.

  4. suma November 6, 2009 at 12:15 pm #

    Thank u for such a quick reply.But, what I meant by soaking overnigth is …..soaking the wheat overnigth and grind it in the morning?

  5. Raji November 6, 2009 at 12:40 pm #

    @suma ya, sure you can soak overnight. It needs 6 – 8 hours right 🙂

  6. GIRIJA KRISHNA DASAN December 8, 2009 at 8:20 am #

    This site is really very good and useful, the pictures makes mouthwatering

  7. Rani prameela April 6, 2010 at 6:27 am #


    This is first time I have seen Whole wheat Idli, and really it fascinated me.
    It is really a good and nutritious breakfast item.

    Sure I would do it and recommend to other friends of mine.

    Keep posting such items.

    Good luck

    Rani Prrameela

  8. ashwachandana December 17, 2010 at 6:57 am #

    really its very super.all gravy items in this are very superb.it is very useful those who doesnot know cooking

  9. CATHERINE MASCARENHAS September 11, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    Why my idlis taking almost 45 mins to cook ? If Idli
    batter is too thin what should be done before cooking ?
    Please give me an idea.


  10. Raji September 11, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

    @Rani prameela thanks a lot. let me know when you do try.
    @ashwachandana thank you.
    @CATHERINE MASCARENHAS i never heard anybody take 45 min to cook idly. how do you make the batter exactly? do let me know so i can suggest you accordingly

  11. vidya May 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm #


  12. Raji May 30, 2012 at 3:50 am #

    actual whole wheat grains. you can see it in the picture too

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