Sunday, October 7, 2012

Quick Oats Idly

Every housewife faces this dilemma in the morning regarding the preparation of breakfast for the family.
And now-a-days everyone is very health conscious and they try to include healthy foods in their daily diet. But at the same time, the so called "healthy foods" should be easy to prepare and tasty too.  My family is no exception. Oats is one such cereal where every one would love to include in their daily diet because of its nutritive benefits but the thought of eating the bland and easy to make porridge is not everyone’s cup of tea. 

But I found, that this quick idly is an ideal healthy breakfast for the whole family and requires only about 20 mins of your time and no grinding !  The idlis too come out very light, soft and fluffy. This is a basic recipe. Variation can be made by adding chilies, ginger or even vegetables (like grated carrot) to the batter. The choice is yours.

 Oats Idly 16


½ cup (about 50 gms)
Fine Suji/Semolina
½ cup
Eno fruit salt
1 tsp (level)
As per taste
1 cup
½ cup
For greasing idli cups


  1. Powder the oats in the mixie. This will take just a few seconds.
  2. Place the powdered oats in a bowl. Add to it, the suji/semolina, salt, eno and curds. Mix it well and see that there are no lumps formed.
  3. Add water to make a smooth batter. Keep this batter aside for 10 mins.
  4. In the meantime, boil water in the cooker (with the whistle/wieght removed) and grease the idli cups.
  5. Fill the idli cups with the batter and place the idli stand in the cooker and steam it on a medium flame for about 12 mins.
  6. Cool and remove the idlis.
Idly batter and greased idly cups

Batter filled in the cups

Idlis steamed and kept to cool

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time    :  12 mins
Makes                : 16 idlis

  • I have used Quaker Oats and this recipe came with the pack. The only change I made in the recipe is the use of Eno instead of baking soda. If using baking soda, use ½ tsp.
  • These idlis look and taste almost like Rawa idlis.
  • Serve it with chutney (coconut or coriander) or sambhar or rasam. 


  1. looks mouthwatering...just delicious!

  2. Great idea. My daughter keeps complaining that she is not able to ferment anything for idlis and dosa. Will try this out.

  3. Soft and spongy. do join me when u find time... Happy to follow

  4. Excellent healthy steamed food,my kind of dish.

  5. love these soft healthy idlis...first time to your space...Happy to follow you...Will be glad if you follow back...

  6. Hi Shobha,

    I am prathiba from "The indian food court". Your recipes are great and i liked the oats idly recipe with a chnange to my recipe the ENO salt which is really welcome. Nextime i will try it with the same. DO VISIT MY BLOG AT YOUR LEISURE.

  7. Healthy, tasty, soft & fluffy idlis!!1
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  8. The idlis look simply awesome..

  9. Really quick n healthy.. love these filling breakfasts