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Sunday, 26 August 2012


While I was cracking my head on what to make for dinner yesterday evening, I came across this healthy treat posted by friend Sailaja of Sailu's Food. I was so attracted to the spongy looking idlis made by her... Dear friends do pls check out Sailaja's blog. Full of marvelous recipes.

I loved the idea of making a healthy (steaming method) dinner for my family in a super fast way. Lucky me I had some oats at home....The end result was so satisfying. Hubby and my boys loved it as it was so soft and tasty too......I added some toasted cashews as suggested in the recipe. 

Dear Sailaja, please allow me to share your wonderful recipe here. Thank you!!

You may check out the actual recipe of Sailaja here Instant Oats Idli 


  • Oats - 1 1/2 cups, dry roast for 4 minutes, cool and grind to a fine powder
  • Semolina - 3/4 cup (sooji/upma rava)
  • Yogurt - 1 cup (curd)
  • Carrot - 1, peeled and grated
  • Salt to taste
  • Eno Salt - 1/2 tsp (or cooking soda) ~ I used Eno
  • Water as required
For Tempering/Poppu/Tadka:
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Split Black Gram Dal - 1 tsp (urad dal/minappapu)
  • Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp (Hing)
  • Green chilies - 2, finely chopped ~ no stock so I used dried chilly
  • Curry leaves - 1 spring
  • Coriander leaves - 1-2 tbsps, finely chopped (optional) no stock
  • Oil - 2 tsps

Method :
  1. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel. Add mustard seeds and as they begin to splutter, add urad dal and let the dal turn red. Add chopped green chilies, curry leaves and asafoetida and saute for a few seconds.
  2. Add grated carrot and saute for 2 mins. Add semolina/sooji and saute for 4 mins. Add coriander leaves and turn off heat. Cool.
  3. Add the ground roasted oats powder and salt to taste. Add the curd and mix. Add just enough water to make a thick dosa batter.
  4. Grease idli plates or a stainless steel cup. Add eno salt or cooking soda and mix well. Pour a ladle full of batter in each greased depression of the idli plates.
  5. Steam for 13-15 minutes. Serve warm with chutney of your choice.
  • You can add vegetables of your choice - capsicum, cabbage, peas etc.
  • Addition of toasted cashew nuts gives a richer taste.
  • Addition of Eno Salt or Cooking soda yields fluffy idlis.
  • Buttermilk can be substituted for water while preparing batter.
I had mine with sambar....Hot idlis + sambar = yum!!  
Will for sure make this again. :-)

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