Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Oats Idli

Oats are high in fiber and are known to have several health benefits, including lowering LDL cholesterol. I've been trying to include oats into our meals in several ways. So when I saw this recipeI thought of trying it out. And of course, this is another of those idlis which don't need soaking, grinding or overnight fermenting. Except, again, for the few seconds of grinding of the oats.
I halved the ingredients of the recipe and also added some of my own - ginger, urad dal and curry leaves which are a must have for me when I make any seasoning. 

1 1/2 cup Oats (Quick 1 minute)

3/4 cup Semolina (rava)
1 pinch baking soda
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp chana dal
1 tsp urad dal
2 to 3 green chillies
5 to 6 curry leaves
1 tsp chopped ginger
A few strands of coriander leaves
Curd (about 2 cups).

In a pan, dry roast oats for a few minutes until slightly brownish. Cool and pulse in the blender to get a coarse powder.
In the same pan dry roast rava for about 5 minutes until light brown. Cool and mix with powdered oats in another vessel. Add baking soda, salt ( I added a little more than a teaspoon), mix well and keep aside.

Heat oil, mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal, finely chopped green chillies, curry leaves, ginger. Add the seasoning and coriander leaves to the oats-rava mixture and mix well. To this add curd (yogurt). If the curd is thick, whisk it well with a fork or a whisk and then add it. Also, Usha suggests to add curd only to the mixture that you would use instanty. If you feel the mixture is extra, refrigerate it for later use. Add curd as and when required.

Steam in an idli stand for 7 to 8 minutes.

Serve with chutney.

The instant oats idli was an instant hit with my family, specially my son who loves idlis and did not really notice that this was a different type of idli than his favourite vermicilli idli.



  1. oh I just love this ... have been seeing lots of oats idlis in blog and i think its time for me to put my hands on it ..urs look too good

  2. I always wanted to try nd had the recipe too... but was hesitant how the taste wud turn now... m gona try it :)

  3. never tried idli with oats..they look soft, spongy n perfect, will try it

  4. hey, that is a great one dear. As you used a bookmarked recipe, please feel free to link it to my bookmarked recipe event.


  5. I like the oats in idly. It makes idly more healthier. nice with chutney.

  6. healthy ones..looks super yum..first time here...and following u..do visit my space sumtime

  7. I love variations in idlis and dosas. Will keep this one in mind! Thanks, Aparna!

  8. wow what a creation ...never try oats idli ..looks so soft n delicious ...must try this healthy version soon ...thanks for sharing this Aparna


  9. Nice recipe aparna, very healthy and a nice change from the usual idli..

  10. healthy oats idly looks awesome.. new to me.. thanks for your comments on my blog.. following you..

  11. Oats idly sounds healthy and yummy

  12. Never tried this..looks lovely..will surely try this.

  13. very innovative....healthy too....pls. collect ur award from my blog dear...u deserve it

  14. thats a very healthy n delicious idlis looks good perfect one

  15. Oats Idli was a popular recipe from usha's blog this month - thank you for participating in T&T.

  16. Healthy and delicious treat. Good to be here. Best wishes.

  17. First time here....Nice blog....HEalthy idly..even I made them..

  18. I am so glad you tried and liked this idli Aparna! Thanks for letting me know...Regarding your question on roasting you can definitely powder oats without roasting but I think it may have a somewhat raw taste to it, that is why I roast the oats. Do let me know if you try this without roasting how it turns out......



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