Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Instant oats Idli recipe

Healthy and quick (instant) oats idli are always an instant hit at my house - they are steamed,they have oats and cracked wheat,no rice or starchy ingredients and they have veggies too...what else can one ask for?The texture and flavor of this idli rarely resembles the Ooey gooey nature of Oats ,which makes it more like rawa or semolina idli .....the hard part is to stop munching them.Lets have a look on the preparation.

  • Oats : 1 cup
  • cracked wheat :1/2 cup
  • yogurt : 1/2 cup
  • carrot: 1medium size grated
  • green chilies:3 or as per taste
  • curry leaves and mustard seeds for tempering
  • oil for tempering
  • water : 1/2 cup or as required
  • baking powder or baking soda
  • salt as per taste

  • Start by dry roasting 1 cup of oats for few minutes,let cool and grind to a powder
  • next dry roast 1/2 cup of cracked wheat also known as daliya for about 2-3 minutes until it gives out a nice aroma,keep this aside.
  • In a separate pan add some oil .temper with mustard seeds,add  grated carrot,green chilies,a few curry leaves and saute for few minutes.let this cool .
  • now take a large mixing bowl and bring togather the powdered oats,the roasted cracked wheat and the tempered veggies.
  • add to this half a cup of yogurt, required amount of salt and 1/2 a cup of water ,mix everything well ensuring there are no lumps.
  • finally add 1/3 tsp of baking powder or baking soda ,mix well.
  • grease idli moulds ,pour the batter and steam cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
The oats and cracked wheat mixture in this recipe can be roasted ahead of time in 2:1 ratio and stored for an instant version of idli.serve it warm with your favorite condiment .
Here is a quick video tutorial:

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  1. Hi eswari,

    I chanced upon your blog while searching for soft idli recipes. The blog is very good.Keep up the good work. I have a small query about the type of rice you have used in your idli recipe. What rice have you used while making idli?Was it idli rice?
    Here I am talking about your 'secret to soft idli' post.

    Thank you.

  2. A very healthy choice for breakfast...Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

    You must have tried the traditional south indian idlis. Here is my little innovation with idlis...try them in chinese style

    Explore the recipe at

  3. Thanks Anshu for stopping by my blog...thnx for the comments !I will sure try your version soon.

  4. Hi Eswari,
    I tried your oatmeal idlies. They turned out super yummy and super soft. I and my hubby liked them so much. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Can you please post Diabetic friendly recipies.


    1. Hi
      silpa ,I'm so happy to hear that you and your hubby enjoyed the Idli.Thanks for taking the time and posting comment,I sure will post more healthy recipes.This blog mainly focuses on low fat ,wholesome and simplified food.

    2. u r too good buddy. uve made all the recipes so simple. very inspiring...keep up the good work.

  5. Hi, we tried making the oats idli, but it took over 50 mins for them to cook, is there any reason for this, but ultimately it was very tasty. Thanks very much for the recipe.

    1. Hello thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on the recipe.I'm glad that you liked my recipe.Regarding your Q:I can't think of any possible reason that would take so long for the idli's to cook.Maybe the cracked wheat used was not fine enough,I have used super fine cracked wheat,as for the oats and other ingredients in the recipe it should only take few minutes to cook.hope I was helpful.