Breakfast, Idli

Samba Wheat Idli | Diabetic Breakfast options

Samba wheat or cracked wheat is more nutritious than ordinary
wheat or even wheat flour. Its high fibre content makes it an ideal option for
diabetics. Samba Wheat is alternatively called Lapsi in some recipes , but I
personally feel samba wheat is harder and more coarse and gritty. You can make
Upma, payasam or bisibelebhath too out of this. But ideally, I would clear out
of the payasam option for diabetics. (As a diabetic if you are to avoid sweets,
whats the point of adding external sweet and trying to call it healthy

Anyway, this Idli makes for a filling and healthy breakfast or
supper option. I saw this recipe on television and tweaked the recipe according
to family preferences. The taste takes getting used to, but we enjoyed it a lot
even on the first try and it features regularly on the breakfast menu. Do try
it out and let me know how you and your family liked it. 

Other Idli varieties include Toor Dal IdlyMini Carrot IdlyPepper IdliPoha Idli

Check out other Diabetic friendly recipes here

Sending this to BM #50 under ‘bookmarked recipes’ theme. Stay

Prep time : 15 mins. cook time : 20 mins | Makes : 6 idlis

Samba Wheat Idli – Cracked wheat idli

Serving Suggestions : any chutney ( I served it with Tangy Coriander Chutney)

Cuisine : South Indian | Course: Breakfast (or even supper) |
Spice level
: Medium



  • Samba wheat – 1 cup
  • Curd / yoghurt – 1/2 cup (may require a little more or less
    depending on wheat quality)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Cooking Soda – a pinch (optional)
  • oil – 2 tsp (divided use)
  • Tempering : Mustard seeds, urad dal, grated carrots, grated ginger
    (to taste), coriander leaves, curry leaves, chopped green chillies (1 tsp) 
  • Additional addons to the mix : roasted cashewnuts, shredded cabbage, green peas


  1. In a pan, dry roast the wheat for 1-2 mins till it gets a nutty
    aroma , transfer to plate. when cool, add whisked yoghurt, salt. keep aside.
  2. In the same pan, heat 1 tsp of oil. splutter mustard and urad dal,
    saute carrots for 3-4 mins till soft, add the grated ginger and the rest of the
    tempering ingredients. When slightly cool, add to the yoghurt-wheat mixture and
    whisk well. Check for salt and spice and leave aside for 5 mins
  3. Just before cooking, add a pinch of cooking soda and ladle out
    this mixture onto greased idli plates. Steam for 15 mins (this takes slightly
    longer than the usual Idli or Rava Idli). Serve with any chutney or sambhar. 




  1. Motions and Emotions

    healthy choice of breakfast

  2. I am bookmarking this.. super healthy and delicious breakfast..

  3. vaishali sabnani

    Definitely healthy and interesting.

  4. Nalini's Kitchen

    Such a healthy and interesting breakfast,nice twist..Those idlies look so soft and fluffy..

  5. A very healthy breakfast. Love the presentation

  6. Suma Gandlur

    Healthy and filling idlis.

  7. Priya Suresh

    My kind of breakfast, i can have this idli even everyday.


    That looks such tasty and healthy Idli.

  9. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    'Nothing can beat our traditional idly!! nice twist to make it with samba wheat!!!

  10. I used to make these idlis. I have to revive them in my kitchen. Thanks for reminding.

  11. I have another version of this idli in the blog. Bookmarking this to try soon.Looks really good Kalyani…

  12. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    I love the nutty flavor of this idli! Looks awesome 🙂

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