Easy Instant Oats Idli - Steamed Savory Oats cake - Healthy Idli
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: Makes 12
  • Instant Oats- 1 cup
  • Semolina or soji or rava, wheat or white- ½ cup
  • Oil- 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Chana dal- 1 tbsp
  • Urad dal- ½ tbsp
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Ginger, grated- 1 tbsp
  • Green chilies, chopped- 1 or 2
  • Cilantro, chopped- 2 handfuls
  • Mixed veggies- 1 cup
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp (I didn't add)
  • Yogurt or curd- ½ cup
  • Water- ½ cup + 4 tbsp more
  • Lemon juice- ½ tbsp
  • Eno (fruit salt) or baking soda- ½ tsp
  • Salt- ¾ to 1 tsp
  1. In a pan, roast the oats for 3 minutes over medium heat.
  2. Grind the roasted oats to a coarse powder. Keep aside.
  3. Place a non-stick pan over medium heat, add oil.
  4. Add mustard seeds, let it splutter.
  5. Add chana dal and urad dal, saute till they turn light golden in color.
  6. Add ginger, green chilies and curry leaves. Saute for a minute.
  7. Add mixed veggies, season with salt, saute for a few minutes.
  8. If adding turmeric powder, add that and combine well.
  9. Add semolina, saute till it gets roasted for 3 minutes.
  10. Add cilantro, saute for a few seconds.
  11. Remove the pan from the heat.
  12. In to a large bowl, add the powdered oats and the roasted veggie/semolina mixture, combine well.
  13. Add yogurt, water, lemon juice and enough salt.
  14. Combine well, the batter shouldn't be too watery nor too thick. It should have the idli batter constituency.
  15. Just before you start to make the idlis, add the eno or baking soda, beat well for 3 minutes.
  16. I added baking soda, that's why the idlis are not that porous. Adding eno will make idlis very porous.
  17. Grease the idli moulds with little oil.
  18. Pour the batter to each moulds, arrange the moulds and steam cook it for 15 minutes.
  19. Don't add too much water into the steamer, make sure the water level is much lower than the lower idli mould else the water will get into the idlis.
  20. Let the steamer cool down, open it and using a spoon gently slide the idlis on a plate.
  21. These idlis can be served with any kind of Chutneys or with Sambar.
You could use baking soda instead of eno, however the idlis wouldn't be that spongy and porous.
Recipe by Cooking with Thas at http://www.thasneen.com/cooking/easy-instant-oats-idli-steamed-savory-oats-cake-healthy-idli/