Serving Size:
2 idlis

    Diet Types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Diabetes
  • Dialysis
  • Lower Protein
  • Vegetarian


  • 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.

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

Kidney and kidney diabetic food choices

  • 2 starch
  • 1/2 vegetable, medium potassium

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