Friday, July 26, 2013

UBC day 26 Red rice idly...

It's over to my food blog today. I learn't this from a neighbour who is from Kerala. It turned out really well and tasty too. Turning over the recipe to you.

Red rice might not look as appetizing as its delicate, polished counterpart, basmati, but it can do wonders. Red rice has a nutty flavor, and a high nutritional value, thanks to the fact that the germ of the rice is left intact.

Here's a recipe with red  rice. It is a double cook method, but quite simple and tasty !


red rice 1 cup washed and ground to a fine powder 
grated coconut- a small cup
onions chopped fine
 other ingredients-
green chillies
curry leaves
1 tsp each gram dal, urad dal
1 tsp mustard seeds
3 tsp oil
salt to taste


In a kadai heat 3 tsp of oil. splutter mustard seeds, add 1 tsp each of urad dal and gram dal and a handful of groundnuts and fry till starts to turn crisp.

Add in the green chillies, curry leaves and onion and fry till the onion is cooked or turns light pink. Add the grated coconut and salt as per taste and mix well.

Add 1 1/2 cup of water for every cup of rice powder. Bring water to a boil, and as the water bubbles, add the powdered red rice and stir well so that no lumps are formed.

The method is similar to making upma. Keep on flame till the mixture looks dry enough to be patted into a tikki.

Place small tikkis on the idly stand and steam cook it for 15 minutes without whistle.

Serve hot with chutney.

the tadka

Nutritional benefits-  (courtesy:

Red rice contains proanthocyanidins, which is an antioxidant,may reduce high cholesterol and hyperglycemia in type-1 and type-2 diabetes.

Consuming red rice may help lower cholesterol levels.

A one-quarter cup serving of red rice supplements iron intake by providing 2 percent of the daily recommended intake. The iron in red rice contributes to the production of myoglobin and hemoglobin.

Including red rice in your diet helps increase fiber intake. You need 25 to 38 grams of fiber each day, and a serving of red rice provides 2 grams.

Similar food posts can be found at my cookery blog... A pinch of spice and all things nice.


  1. thanks for the share .. as i love cooking .. i'm definitely going to try my hand on it next time when i visit home ..especially as my sis love idly and more than that food cooked by me.. :D

  2. Oh, they look delicious, princess!Wow what a beautiful step by step description. You make it look easy. :) Best part is, that they are so light and fresh....:)

    1. thanks! they are quite tasty, though it doesn't look the part!

  3. looks yummy! I also make idlis with oats in a similar way!

    1. that's a new one..with oats..i must try that too...

  4. Idlis are my fav in any form... and this red rice idli is the most fav one... whenever mummy makes it I just cannot wait for her to serve.. :) :)

  5. Thinks to be simple lets see how it comes out when I try though :D


  6. Where do I find Red rice in Mumbai.. Red Rice would be perfect to make Risotto. right Princess..
    Regarding the dish it looks savory..Does it feel moist and slippery after you steam it, temme?
    I am going to try this recipe. I love you all for doing this :D

    1. it is not moist or slippery at is quite like a masala idly....hey ur a keralite, right? ur mom would know how to make this. it is a dish from kerala.

    2. try big bazaar if there's a store nearby, maybe "town essentials online" if mumbai has a branch.

  7. Looks good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  8. Red rice idly!! Looks great! Havent cooked anything with it ever, nor seen it in the market, here!! Thanks for sharing this recipe!! :)

    1. maybe it can be substituted with brown rice, but i haven't tried making with it....


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