I have begun to appreciate the nutritive value in Barley only recently. Ever since I have been trying to sneak in barley into our menu. One such experiment led me to this. Since we all know that Idli is nutritious, I wanted to take it a little further. Thats when I got used to making idli with whole urad dal (the black gram without removing the black skin). Now the next step is to add some more nutrition to make it a multi grain idli. 
So I tried this combo of Urad dal (this time I just used the white urad dal!), Rolled Barley Flakes and Rolled Oats. The results were not very surprising. I should say, I was a little disappointed(or flattered ?) when my dear husband couldn't tell the difference. I had to explicitly tell him that these idlis weren't the regular ones(He ate his normal quota of idlis and left without commenting!). So You all get the point, right..So sneak in these grains and say three cheers to good health!

Barley Oats Urad Idli

Ingredients -

Urad Dal 1 cup
Barley Flakes 1 cup
Rolled Oats 1/2 cup
Idli Rava 2 cups
Methi Seeds (Fenugreek Seeds) 2 tsp (Optional)
Salt as per taste

Barley Oats Urad Idli

Method of preparation-

Soak Urad dal, Barley Flakes and Rolled Oats for 2-3 hrs along with methi seeds.

Wash and soak Idli rava.

Grind urad dal, barley flakes and rolled oats to a fine paste adding water as needed.

Mix the ground batter with the soaked idli rava and salt.

Keep the batter closed and in a warm place for fermentation. 

Care should be taken to put the batter in a big container as the fermented batter sometimes oveflows making a mess!

It would take about 6-8 hrs depending on the room temperature.

After the batter has fermented, mix well and if the consistency of the batter is not suitable, add water to the batter.

Pour a ladle ful of batter on greased idli plates and steam them for 15 min.

Serve with Peanut/Coconut Chutney and/or Sambar.

Note - I am sure whole barley grains can be used too. But they probably need to be soaked for a longer time.

Makes approx. 32 Idlis

Preparation Time  20 min
Posted by Harini on Saturday, October 23, 2010


  1. Ms.Chitchat Says:
  2. Wow, that sure is a very healthy version of the regular idli,would love to try.

  3. Very interesting and healthy recipe!

  4. Priya Suresh Says:
  5. Healthy idlies, looks absolutely cute and yummy..

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