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Whole Wheat Idli Recipe

Healthy and highly nutritious whole wheat idli can be served with chutney, sambar. The idlies are super soft and spongy and is rich in fibre.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Fermenting & Soaking Time 14 hrs
Total Time 14 hrs 27 mins
Course Breakfast, Breakfast Recipes
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 8 servings


  • ½ cup Whole Urad Dal
  • 1 cup Whole Wheat
  • ½ cup Idli Rice
  • 1 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
  • Salt as needed


  • Wash and soak urad dal and fenugreek seeds separately for 5 hours.
  • Wash and soak rice and whole wheat in a bowl for 5 hours.
  • Grind dal in a blender adding very little water at a time and grind till fluffy and light. Don't add too much water. Add little water at a time. Remove this to a bowl.
  • In the same blender, add rice and wheat and grind till smooth.
  • Add this to the urad dal, add salt and mix well till combined.
  • Now cover and leave this to ferment for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Now mix it gently.
  • Spoon this into idli moulds. Steam for 10 to 12 mins.
  • Remove and serve.



  1. Soak the grains for at least 4 to 5 hours.
  2. Grind the urad dal in a blender till smooth and fluffy. Add little water at a time and keep mixing and keep grinding. Don't add too much water.
  3. Grind urad dal till it gets light and fluffy which results in soft idlies.
  4. You can grind them in a wet grinder instead of blender.
  5. I usually soak the grains in the morning and grind the grains at night. Then leave to ferment overnight and use the batter the next day.
  6. Grind the grains by adding very little water, the batter has to be little thick for soft idlies.
  7. I used a traditional cloth idli steamer for steaming the idlies. If you are using regular idli cooker, grease the plates with little oil and steam cook.
  8. Store the idlies in a hot box to keep them warm. 


This wheat idlies can be served with


  • Cooked Idlies can be stored in fridge for upto 2 days. Warm them in microwave or steam cook them in steamer and serve hot.
  • Leftover idlies can be kept at room temp for 10 to 12 hours.
  • Store the batter in fridge for upto 3 to 4 days. 


The same batter can be used to make dosa too.
Keyword Idli Recipe, Wheat Idli, Whole Wheat Idli
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