Sajjalu Idli / Bajra Idli ~ Diabetic Diet

>>  Tuesday, December 10, 2013

We are starting the second week of Blogging Marathon Edition 35. For this week I have opted to make Healthy Dishes, specific to one program. With so many Diabetes diet and related articles, it is only natural that I want to make dishes for this. Catering to diabetic diet, we end up changing our life style and food style. 

We have to constantly plan on substituting ingredients that are specific to diabetic diet. One has to include more whole grains and we end up cooking more of Jowar, Bajra, Millets etc. Breakfast is always important for everybody. More so for diabetics as they will have to eat small portions in frequently intervals. In attempts to make an ideal breakfast menu, along with Athamma I had planned on making idlis to replace the idlis that I make with rice. 

We wanted to experiment with Bajra and she had soaked the Bajra seeds for over six hours when we had soaked rice for the regular idlis. The idea was to replace the Rice batter with Bajra, use Urad dal batter as it's very healthy. Urad dal was soaked for both this and the other batter. Once the urad dal is ground, we add ground bajra batter and mix as regularly done and fermented.
The idlies turned out porous and soft. Just to aid proper cooking, added a pinch of soda just before pouring into the idli moulds.

Though I have showed groundnut chutney I actually served it with sambar. The chutneys also matter a lot.

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Sajjalu Idli / Bajra Idli ~ Diabetic Diet

Soaking - 6 hrs
Fermentation - Overnight
Makes - 4 -5 nos

Ingredients Needed:

Sajjalu Rava - 1 cup
Urad Dal batter - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Soda a pinch

How to make the Idlis

Sajjalu Rava: Soak Bajra in water for couple of hours, and dry them completely. Then pulse them coarsely in your mixer to get the rava. Making this into smaller grains makes it easy to grind later. We normally get this done and stored to use it for later period.

Wash Bajra rava and soak for 6 hrs. Mix in ground urad dal batter and let it ferment

Just before making idlis add salt and soda and pour into idli moulds. Steam as you normally do with regular Idli batter.

Serve with Sambar.

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Nivedhanams Sowmya December 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM  

That is surely healthy!!! bookmarking it!!

nayana December 10, 2013 at 1:09 PM  

a very healthy breakfast options, would sure love to try them out....

Briju Parthasarathy December 10, 2013 at 2:14 PM  

Thanks for posting this recipe till now we used to make roti or thepla or upma from bajra this is very new and healthy concept of using bajra in idli, it looks yummm

Usha December 10, 2013 at 10:55 PM  

Ha, I saw your comment in Archana's blog and did not realize you too made idlis for today's post.. :) I am not a big idli fan but they do look good ! It is a rice way to replace rice.

Manjula Bharath December 11, 2013 at 10:11 AM  

bajara idli looks super soft and so perfect :) tempting me now !! very very healthy indeed !!

Sapana Behl December 11, 2013 at 12:33 PM  

Idli with bajra , wow ! I am learning quite interesting recipes...will try for sure !

Archana Potdar December 11, 2013 at 9:44 PM  

I saw your comment and wanted to see your post immediately. I love these idlis. In fact these will be something I can make as bajra is available here in Goa but not the Jowar rava.

Nalini's Kitchen December 12, 2013 at 6:04 AM  

Nice and healthy idly..idly looks spongy and fluff..must be tasted great with sambhar..bookmarking Valli..

sushma December 13, 2013 at 3:49 AM  

WOw never thought we can make idly with bajra. Looks interesting and yummy

Pavani N December 14, 2013 at 8:55 PM  

Very healthy & nutritious idlis. Idlis look so soft & fluffy.

Harini-Jaya R December 15, 2013 at 4:04 AM  

very nutritious idlis! Diabetes or no, these idlis are healthy!

Sandhya Ramakrishnan December 16, 2013 at 10:26 AM  

Lovely idlis! This theme is interesting to see many healthy recipes !

Suma Gandlur December 17, 2013 at 9:07 AM  

Again a great choice, Valli. And is that "sada rava" in the ingredients list a typo?

Srivalli December 17, 2013 at 9:24 AM  

Thank you everybody for the comments.

Suma, Actually it's not a typo. I was supposed to mention about how the Sajjalu are prepared, completely forgot at the last moment. Thanks for pointing it out. Have updated the post with details..:)

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