Navratri Special: Tasty Sama Rice Idli

Sama Rice idli is the perfect light and tasty dish to have on Navratri. You can serve this recipe on casual days as well as vrat days by changing the ingredients such as using sama rice instead of normal rice and using sendha namak instead of casual salt. These fluffy idlis taste so good and are healthy as well. 

Idli was invented in South India and is a preferred breakfast dish for many people. You can have these fluffy delicious idlis any time of the day. The dish is protein rich and loved by both kids and adults. Sama Rice Idli is an easy to cook recipe and can be prepared on a large scale. It tastes well when served with coconut chutney. Check out how to prepare this idli at home easily.


  • 1 cup Sama Rice
  • ½ cup Thick yoghurt
  • 1 tsp Unsweetened desiccated Coconut
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Roasted cumin seeds 
  • ½ tsp Crushed red chilli flakes
  • 2 tsp Finely chopped Carrots 
  • ½ tsp Citric acid
  • ½ tsp Eno (fruit Salt) or 1.5 tsp Baking powder 
  • Salt to Taste (Sendha Namak)
  • Oil to Grease idli moulds


  • In the first step, rinse sama rice or barnyard millets with water thoroughly. Transfer sama rice to a bowl and include enough water to soak the rice properly. Soak rice for approximately 2 hours
  • Once the rice is soaked, drain them and transfer it to a food processor
  • Now, include other ingredients coconut, yoghurt, lemon juice, carrots and spices into a blender and grind them properly to form a smooth paste
  • Take a pan and heat it on a low flame. Add water to this steamer pan. Once done, lightly grease the idli moulds with oil
  • Next, add citric acid and ENO to the idli batter before pouring this batter into the steamer. Once done, whisk the batter for approximately 2-3 minutes until combined and frothy
  • In this step, spoon this sama rice batter into the greased idli moulds nicely
  • Next, put the filled moulds in the steamer pan and cover them with a lid. Steam-cook the idlis for approximately 6-8 minutes
  • Once the idli is cooked properly, insert a toothpick and check if it steamed nicely. The toothpick should come out clean
  • Next, carefully remove the hot idli moulds from the steamer pan. Leave it aside to cool down for a few minutes. Once done, gently remove the idlis from each mould using the back of a spoon
  • Finally, Vrat idli is ready to serve hot along with vrat coconut chutney

Important Points To Note:

  • You can also add vegetables to this vrat idli
  • You can remove any ingredient if you don’t eat that in Navratri
  • You can serve this delicious and flavourful Sama Rice Idli to guests as well