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

Rice Idli

Rice Idli is a dish popularized in India. Enjoy this kidney-friendly version created by the mother of a DaVita patient.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe created by the mother of DaVita dialysis patient Aditya from California and submitted by DaVita dietitian Shawna from California.

Portions: 15     Serving size: 2 idlis


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


    1. Soak rice and lentils in water. Grind the lentils in a food processor or 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 baking soda. Steam idlis on  idli moulds. Serve with sambar.

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.

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Rice Idli

teachwalking says:


Idli is a very delicious fast food I eat in Artesia, CA. It's not Persian, but it's close, and it's delicious. I am amazed that I don't have to give up anything. I think you are making my life better. Thanks. J.R.

Aug. 06, 2010, 4:26 PM - Inappropriate review?

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