I have been experimenting with oats in idlis for a long time now. I tried it with Wheat Rava, QuinoaCouscous and now it is the turn of just plain oats and sooji/semolina. These are just different versions of the typical Rava Idli we are used to and therefore are all very well appreciated at home. Inspiration for this version of Idli comes from here. Each one of them results in a different texture but the same yummy taste. 

I hope the healthy idlis with the carrot garnish will cheer up my mood today. The day started off real bad and I don't like it that way(who does, right?). I got up late (blame the lousy weather), spilled the breakfast milkshake all over the kitchen floor and my older one had to go without breakfast to school (can't digest that!) as she was getting late too , then got late to the little one's school (by 3-4 min , but still I can't accept being late). Hoping for a decent day today..
Enough of my rants here, which I don't do often, do I ? 

Anywayz, check this out and let me know if you like it!

Instant Oats Idli

Ingredients - 

Rolled Oats 1 1/2 cup
Sooji/ Bombay Rava/ Semolina 3/4 cup
Yogurt/Curds 2-3 cups 
Baking soda 1/2 tsp
Carrots grated 1/2 cup
Green Beans finely chopped 1/2 cup
Cashew bits 2 Tbsp (Optional)
Coriander leaves finely chopped 2 Tbsp
Green chillies 1-2 (as per taste)
Salt as per taste
Seasoning (Oil 2 tsp, Chana dal 1 tsp, Urad dal 1 tsp, mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, jeera 1/2 tsp , curry leaves a few, Asafoetida/Hing 1/8 tsp)

Method Of Preparation - 

Grind Rolled oats to a coarse powder.

In a heated skillet, add oil and the seasoning and after the mustard seeds splutters, add the grated carrot, beans and finely chopped green chillies. [Toast the cashew bits too in the mix.]

After the carrots are sauteed, add the coarsely powdered oats and the sooji and fry until the powder changes to a light brown color.

Switch off the flame and in a mixing bowl, transfer the contents of the skillet and let it cool.

After a few minutes (5-6 min) add the baking soda and mix well. Then add curd and water and mix well to make a batter (like idli batter).

Leave the batter aside for 10 min. Mix in the coriander leaves too.

Grease the idli plates and put a ladle-ful batter into each of the moulds and steam them for 15-20 min.

Instant Oats Idli

Check to see if the idlis have cooked well. The idlis shouldn't stick to the spoon. If it feels a little sticky, steam it again for 5-10 min.

Upon cooling a little, take them out and enjoy with chutney of your choice. We enjoyed with peanut chutney!

Sending these cheerful idlis to Srivalli's Breakfast Mela.

Also goes to the 'Bookmarked event' jointly hosted by Aipi and Priya.

Makes approx. 8 Idlis

Preparation Time  30 min


  1. Unknown Says:
  2. ooooooh !!! Delicious looking, tempting :)

  3. Unknown Says:
  4. healthy idli

  5. Suma Gandlur Says:
  6. Seems like your turn today.:)Cheer up.
    They came out perfectly fluffy.
    I too make them but feel like they taste good only when served hot.

  7. Priya Suresh Says:
  8. They looks marvellous, wat a healthy idlies...

  9. Unknown Says:
  10. they are soo yummy looking...I have a big feeling that we r going to have this for dinner tonite!:)
    Smitha's Spicy Flavors

  11. Unknown Says:
  12. looking great.healthy too.

  13. Unknown Says:
  14. healthy and lovely idlis - reminding me to make these -- it's been a while.

  15. Idlis look simply delicious. Great preparation and excellent presentation.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  16. Healthy and delicious idli

    South Indian Home

  17. aipi Says:
  18. I have bookmark this recipe- they sound n look SUPERB!
    Thanks a lot for linking this to bookmark event :)
    US Masala

  19. Raji Says:
  20. These are looking delicious. So healthy too. WOW recipe.

  21. Srivalli Says:
  22. Idlis look great Harini..instant makes it even better!..thanks for sending in..

  23. Very inviting & wanna to finish it up right now..

  24. Suparna Says:
  25. wanted to try this one sometime back had seen it in priyas blog...wow this one is really tempting, thanks for the gorgeous looking idli recipe

  26. Rekha Says:
  27. WOW.....those are wonderful healthy idlys..... Enjoyed the yummy food.
    Thanks for the recipie.

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