BM #90 Week 2 Day 1 - 

Do you freak out on weekday mornings when you realize you have nothing planned for the day's breakfast? Then today's post might come in handy. 

I have chosen to make some instant versions of some tedious/time taking dishes this week. For today's recipe, the instant idli mix can be made ahead of time and stored or it can be prepared (roasted and powdered) in 7-8 minutes.

If there is not enough time, then the vegetables/seasoning can be omitted and just plain idlis can be made. But don't forget to add salt and baking soda/ENO fruit salt. 

Recipe Source loosely adapted from a tv program
Ingredients - 

For the Instant Poha Idli mix - 
Poha 1/2 cup
Sooji / Semolina 1/2 cup
Urad Dal 1/8 cup
Methi Seeds a pinch
To make poha vegetable idli - 
Seasoning (Oil 1 Tbsp, Chana Dal 2 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1 tsp, Asafotida a pinch and few curry leaves)
Mixed vegetables, grated or coarsely crushed 1 cup ( I used corn, peas, carrot and beans)
Salt as needed
Baking soda or ENO fruit salt 1/4 tsp
To grind - 
Almonds 8-9
Green Chilies 2-3
Coriander leaves few

Method Of Preparation -
To make the Instant Idli mix - 
In a heated pan, dry roast the poha and set aside.

In the same heated pan, dry roast methi seeds and urad dal until it turns golden brown. Set aside to cool.

Dry roast sooji in the same heated pan.

After they cool, grind urad dal, methi seeds and poha to a fine powder. Mix in the roasted sooji. The instant idli mix is ready to be stored in an airtight container.

When the idlis need to be made, take the required amount of the mix and follow the next steps.

To make Poha Vegetable Idli - 
In a heated pan, add oil and the rest of the seasoning. After the mustard seeds pop and the dals are brown, add in the crushed almonds, coriander leaves and green chili. 

Add in the grated vegetables and saute for a few seconds.

Add in salt and remove from heat. Let it cool for a few minutes.

In the instant poha idli mix, add in the seasoned vegetables, whisk in yogurt and sprinkle baking soda or ENO fruit salt and gently mix.

Divide the batter into a idli plate. 

Steam it for 15 minutes. Let it cool for a few minutes.

Unmould and serve it warm with a chutney of your choice.


Preparation Time 
Makes 16 idlis


  1. shweta Says:
  2. Wow !! Leart a new healthy recipe today .. I have tried vegetable idli once, but they didn't puffed up as needed. Hope this recipe works !! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Wow ! This is awesome ! Loved this recipe of instant idli and storing the mix is such a handy option .
    Amazing !

  4. Super combo of flavors in the mix. With the vegetables it is a filling complete meal. Nice one. Must try it.

  5. That's wonderful....Poha idli premix. These days I'm trying all sort of premixes so as to able to give it to my son when he is away from home. Gonna try this one for sure

  6. Srivalli Says:
  7. This comes handy in the morning rush hours, those idlis look yummy!

  8. Sowmya :) Says:
  9. Those idlis look delicious and are a perfect solution to the weekday morning chaos! Bookmarking!

  10. Even I planned this idly for the theme,but unfortunately I couldn't.This is one such handy mix for a healthy breakfast for rush morning hours.Looks yummy.

  11. Priya Suresh Says:
  12. Those idlies looks just prefect to kick start a morning. Completely healthy and delicious.

  13. code2cook Says:
  14. Yummy, these poha idlis that too instant looking absolutely delicious. Really a great idea of using poha. bookmarking will try soon. Thanks for sharing.

  15. preeti garg Says:
  16. Great option for when you feel hurry and wanna something healthy.. great snack.

  17. I have some millet poha and was thinking on what to do. Your recipe has come at the perfect time. I will try this for the weekend for my daughter. The idlis look amazing Harini.

  18. I have never used millet poha and here you are presenting poha idli, wow superb.

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