Quinoa and Oats Idlis

Quinoa and Oats Idlis
Has it ever happened to you that you are churning out recipes in your head in your sleep or in the middle of the night, and you can’t wait for dawn so that after a good cup of coffee you can get going on those creative juices that were engulfing your brain and made you lose sleep? It starting to happen a lot nowadays, thanks to y’alls encouragement :-)
You might think that oats is the flavor of the month and you’d be right – RICE is the big no-no for many people for weight reasons and also not a good one for diabetics – brown rice is an option but not too many people go for it. But we want our idlis – why not make some healthy life style changes and start making this wonderfully comforting food in a different way? So my journey in search of different idlis – I’ve made them with ragi, oats and rava and now quinoa and oats, you get your protein and fiber and you are guilt-free as you down these softies. When you’ve made them and eaten them, you deserve to give yourself a pat on your backs – Good call – AND, the biggest advantage is you can make these idlis in 20 minutes flat start to finish —How do you like that?!
This is my first time. I went online to get some recipes and there were none that did not include rice or urad and you know those things need to be soaked, ground and allowed to ferment over night…But I wanted my Idlis now…So I decided to put things that I think are healthy together and got going with my imagination!

                                            Quinoa-Oats idlis

1 cup of instant oats
1 cup of quinoa flakes
2 to 2-1/2 cups of  yogurt
all our usual thadka items – your call
1/2 teaspoon of mustard seeds,
2 chillies, 
a pinch of asafoetida 
curry leaves
a pinch of urad dal
Salt a pinch
 And get this…
2 teaspoons of Rasa Podi 
Get your cereals together mix them and in a small blender, grind half of it coarsely and add to the rest
take a fork and start stirring in the yogurt until all of the cereal is nicely soaked in the yogurt and looks like the picture below
Thadka/garnish in 1 teaspoon of oil all the other ingredients
Pour on top of the batter and mix in well
Get your idli steamer ready 
Grease your plates and  scoop 1 tablespoon of the batter into each cup
You can make approx 22-24 idlis with this amount
Cook for 10-11 minutes 
Remove and serve hot by itself or with chutney.
Secret tip If you want to make it more festive, add 1 tablespoon of grated coconut into the batter

                                            Oats Cereal and Qunioa in a bowl

                                            Dry grind

                                          add yogurt


                                            add to mix

                                            pour the batter in

                                          And you have yourself some soft and tasty idlis                                  

Enjoy this healthy treat.
Last Word: Don’t forget to add a good measure of LOVE to this recipe :-)

Posted on

October 11, 2010


  1. Healthy idli….looks very nice…never tried this way..

  2. A lovely addition to an innocent idli… I love this idea…

  3. the idlis look fluffy and ready to be wolfed and yes nowadays my dreams revolve around weekly menu and food (most of the time–hee hee)

  4. Hi
    Superb idea.Healthy idlis looks wonderful.Thanks for sharing


  5. Wow healthy idli… looks awesome…

  6. Lovely healthy idlis… easy to make too… Thanks to your creativity :-)


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