Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  228
  • Protein  7 g
  • Carbohydrates  32 g
  • Fat  8 g
  • Cholesterol  3 mg
  • Sodium  237 mg
  • Potassium  160 mg
  • Phosphorus  96 mg
  • Calcium  48 mg
  • Fiber  2.8 g

Steamed Semolina Idlis

Serve Steamed Semolina Idlis for breakfast or dinner. The kidney-friendly recipe was 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: 4     Serving size: 3 idlis


    • 1 green chili pepper
    • 1/2 cup cabbage
    • 1/4 cup carrots
    • 1/2 teaspoon ginger root
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
    • 1 cup semolina (rava)
    • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
    • 3/4 cup water
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 tablespoon ghee 
    • 1/4 cup green peas


  1. Chop chili pepper, cabbage, and carrots. Mince ginger root.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds. When seeds splutter add semolina and brown until it becomes light gold. Remove from heat and cool.
  3. Mix yogurt, water, salt, baking soda, green chili and ginger into a smooth batter.
  4. Grease idli molds lightly with a small amount of ghee.
  5. Sprinkle some of the cabbage, carrot and peas into each mold. Top with the batter and steam for 15 minutes.
  6. Serve hot. Make 12 idlis.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

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

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

    • Use batter immediately for best results.
    • Curious about unfamiliar ingredients?
      • Semolina is the starch component of wheat kernels. It is known as farina or Cream of Wheat in the US.
      • Ghee is clarified butter.

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