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Chana dal idli recipe - Split bengal gram dhal idli recipe - Healthy breakfast recipe - Healthy dinner recipe

I love to try different variety of idli. I do dal / dhal uttappam often. I wanted to try idli with that. It came out so nice. When you grind the Urad dhal fluffy and dhal/ rice mixture into slight coarse batter you can get very soft idli. I have tried this most of my other varieties. It never failed me. This idli my family didn't even notice any change from normal idli. Healthy yet no compromise in the taste.

Chana dal / split bengal gram dhal - 1 cup
Idli rice / par boiled rice - 3 cups
Urad dhal - 1 cup
Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
Salt to taste

Wash and soak Rice, Chana dal together for 6-8 hrs or overnight. Wash and soak Fenugreek seeds and urad dhal separately for 6 hours or overnight. 
Grind Urad dhal till it is fluffy adding water at regular intervals. Remove it and keep it aside.
Grind chana dal, Rice into little coarse batter. 
Add back the urad dhal and grind together with salt for 1 min. 
Ferment the batter for 7-8 hours or overnight
Mix well the raised / fermented batter. Grease the idli plate / or place the wet cloth in traditional idli plate. Pour the idli batter and steam it in idli cooker for 10 mins or till when inserted a spoon it comes out clean. Remove it from idli plate 
Serve hot with your favourite chutney

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  1. Hey,it looks so perfect just like regular idlies... I just wanted to know that does batter gets same texture while using chana dal???

  2. Yes Priya the texture of the batter is same

  3. Never tried Idli with Chana Dal! Love those sides, Podi, Cutney and Sambar... Yummm!

  4. Wow!! Am amazed by the white color even after using chana dal!! A must try!!

  5. That is such a novel ide. I will try this soon dear. u blog is one that I closely follow as I am sure you will come up with some thing really good like this. 'Thumbs up'

  6. I have never made idli with chana dal...but it looks so soft and to try it

  7. these idlis would have a lovely flavor... never heard of it before... looks so soft...

  8. Interesting idli recipe using chana dal.


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