Sunday, 6 January 2013

Red Rice Idly

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.

I have already discussed the benefits of other ingredients used here in my previous posts. click here for benefits of coconut, groundnut, onions. 


  1. It looks like brown rice..Is it? Awesome recipe though..


    1. not brown rice excatly, but i guess u can try making this with the brown variety too...this red rice is a little sticky when when u add it to water , so u can mould it easily... thank u!

  2. great one

  3. Have to try this at home....