Rice Idli

Diet Types

  • CKD Non - Dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Portions : 15

Serving Size : 2 idlis.


  • 3 cups rice, dry
  • 1 cup black lentils, dry, split without skin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Soak rice and lentils in water. Grind the lentils in a liquidizer to a smooth paste.
  2. Grind rice not too fine, a little coarse. Mix the two pastes and add salt. Let the batter ferment for 12 - 14 hours at a warm place (avoid the inside of the oven or on top of a gas stove).
  3. Just before cooking, add the soda. Steam idlis on the idli moulds. Serve with sambhar. Makes 30 idlis.

Renal and Renal Diabetic Food choices

  • 2 starch
  • 1/2 vegetable, medium potassium.

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful Hints

  • Lentils contribute extra potassium and phosphorus, so portion must be limited to 2 rice idles.
  • Sambar is a vegetable stew containing pigeon peas, tamarind, vegetables and ground spices. It is very popular in southern India.
  • Serve with cilantro chutney or with a dollop of butter topped with a spoon of sugar.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories 168
  • Protein 7 g
  • Carbohydrates 35 g
  • Fat 0 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Sodium 93 mg
  • Potassium 161 mg
  • Phosphorus 90 mg
  • Calcium 24 mg
  • Fiber 3.1 g

Disclaimer: All recipes, serving suggestions and side dish add-ons have been written to cater to people with kidney disease as a broad outline. For specific situations, modifications can be made by your renal dietitian.


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