How to Make Horse Gram Idli (Huruli Kadubu)

Updated on April 29, 2018
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Huruli Kadubu or Horse Gram Idli

Huruli/Horse Gram Idli is a Rare Delicasy

Making idli for breakfast is common. But horse gram idli (huruli kadubu) is a special breakfast. Horse gram has a special appetizing aroma when cooked. These idlis are very aromatic.

Many people find it difficult to make soft horse gram idlis. I assure you, if you follow the instructions properly, you can make them at home easily.

Horse gram is known as 'huruli' in Kannada. 'Kadubu' means idli made in a big or long container. The batter for making kadubu and idli are the same.

To make it, you need a fermented basic idli batter. Next, you have to add a batter of soaked horse gram to it.

Be careful that you have to mix the right proportion of the horse gram batter to make soft idlis. Next, pour it into the moulds and steam cook for 20 minutes. Done!

Here are the step-by-step instructions for making soft huruli kadubu or horse gram idlis.

5 stars for Soft Huruli Kadubu or Horse Gram Idli

Cook Time

Prep time: 40 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Serves six people

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 big cup white lentils or urad dal, soaked in water for 6 hours
  • 3 big cup idli rava(rice rava) or idli semolina
  • 3/4 cup huruli or horse gram, soaked in water overnight or for 10 hours
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp oil, preferably coconut oil to grease the idli moulds
Huruli Kadubu or Horse Gram Idli before cooking
Huruli Kadubu or Horse Gram Idli before cooking
Huruli Kadubu or Horse Gram Idli
Huruli Kadubu or Horse Gram Idli

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images to Make Huruli Kadubu or Horse Gram Idli

  1. Wash white lentils/urad dal. Soak it in sufficient water for about 6 hours.
  2. Strain the water. Collect it in a bowl. You can use this soaked water for grinding the lentils.
  3. Wash idli rava/rice rava in water. Soak it in warm water for 15-20 minutes. Squeeze the water out. Collect rava in a big container.
  4. Wash huruli or horse gram in water. Add fresh water. Keep aside for 10-12 hours or overnight.
  5. Grind the white lentils adding water or soaked water little by little to get a smooth batter. For best results, grind in a wet grinder.
  6. The batter should be light. Add this batter to the rice rava. Throw in some salt to taste. Mix them together with your hand.
  7. Ensure that the container is big enough to hold the fermented batter.
  8. Cover the container. This is the basic idli batter. Set aside for 10-12 hours for fermentation. If the temperature is high, the batter ferments faster.
  9. After soaking for 10-12 hours, grind horse gram with some water to get a near-smooth batter. Add very little water for grinding.
  10. Mix this batter with the fermented idli batter.
  11. Make the steamer or cooker ready.
  12. Grease idli moulds with some coconut oil or ghee. Pour the batter to cover 3/4 portion of the mould.
  13. Arrange the moulds inside the steamer or cooker. Cover it with the lid. Steam cook for about 20 minutes if you are using long moulds. Otherwise, cook for 15 minutes.
  14. I used long steel glasses to make huruli kadubu/idli. So, I steam-cooked it for 20 minutes on a medium-high heat.
  15. Turn off the heat. Open the lid after 3 minutes. Take out the idli moulds. Keep aside for 5 minutes. Separate the idlis from the moulds with the help of a spoon handle.
  16. Your favorite horse gram idli is ready. If the idli is long, slice it.
  17. Don't use cooker weight, if you are making idlis in a pressure cooker.
  18. Enjoy eating these soft and aromatic horse gram idlis with a spicy chutney or sauce.
  19. I sprinkled a few drops of coconut oil on the hot idlis. It was just awesome!

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Step one: Grind soaked horse gram adding just enough water to get a near-smooth batter.Horse gram(huruli) batterStep two: Mix it with the fermented idli batter. Set aside for 30 minutes. This step is optional. You can even make idlis immediately afiter mixing the horse gram batter.The huruli kadubu/idli batterStep three: Pour it into the greased moulds as per instructions. I used a steamer for making huruli kadubu.Step four: Steam cook for 20 minutes on medium-high heat.Cooking huruli kadubu in a steamer. Alternatively, you can use pressure cooker for this purpose. Don't place the cooker weight.Now, turn off the heat. Open the lid after 3 minutes.Step five: Take out the moulds. Separate the idlis/kadubu once they are less hot. Use spoon handle for this purpose.Hot, soft Huruli Kadubu/horse gram idliHorse gram idliYou can make slices as shown in the picServe these soft, aromatic idlis with a spicy chutney or sauce. I sprinkled a few drops of coconut oil on these idlis. It was just fantastic.
Step one: Grind soaked horse gram adding just enough water to get a near-smooth batter.
Step one: Grind soaked horse gram adding just enough water to get a near-smooth batter.
Horse gram(huruli) batter
Horse gram(huruli) batter
Step two: Mix it with the fermented idli batter. Set aside for 30 minutes. This step is optional. You can even make idlis immediately afiter mixing the horse gram batter.
Step two: Mix it with the fermented idli batter. Set aside for 30 minutes. This step is optional. You can even make idlis immediately afiter mixing the horse gram batter.
The huruli kadubu/idli batter
The huruli kadubu/idli batter
Step three: Pour it into the greased moulds as per instructions. I used a steamer for making huruli kadubu.
Step three: Pour it into the greased moulds as per instructions. I used a steamer for making huruli kadubu.
Step four: Steam cook for 20 minutes on medium-high heat.
Step four: Steam cook for 20 minutes on medium-high heat.
Cooking huruli kadubu in a steamer. Alternatively, you can use pressure cooker for this purpose. Don't place the cooker weight.
Cooking huruli kadubu in a steamer. Alternatively, you can use pressure cooker for this purpose. Don't place the cooker weight.
Now, turn off the heat. Open the lid after 3 minutes.
Now, turn off the heat. Open the lid after 3 minutes.
Step five: Take out the moulds. Separate the idlis/kadubu once they are less hot. Use spoon handle for this purpose.
Step five: Take out the moulds. Separate the idlis/kadubu once they are less hot. Use spoon handle for this purpose.
Hot, soft Huruli Kadubu/horse gram idli
Hot, soft Huruli Kadubu/horse gram idli
Horse gram idli
Horse gram idli
You can make slices as shown in the pic
You can make slices as shown in the pic
Serve these soft, aromatic idlis with a spicy chutney or sauce. I sprinkled a few drops of coconut oil on these idlis. It was just fantastic.
Serve these soft, aromatic idlis with a spicy chutney or sauce. I sprinkled a few drops of coconut oil on these idlis. It was just fantastic.

Nutritional Information of Home-Made Horse Gram Kadubu/Idli

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 60
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 24 g8%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 6 g24%
Protein 8 g16%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 18 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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    • ShailaSheshadri profile imageAUTHOR

      ShailaSheshadri 

      9 months ago from Bengaluru

      Thanks for reading my hub. You may not get horse gram idli in restaurants. They make regular idlis. May be hotels in villages may serve this occasionally.

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      Mary Norton 

      9 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I don't think I have ever tasted Horse Gram Kadubu. One thing to look for in the Indian restaurant. It looks like it's a healthy alternative at breakfast.

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