Healthy Oats Idlis

I have been procastinating this post for a long long time. It was supposed to go up two weeks before but anyway .

There are very few Indian recipes out there that can be made with healthier alternative ingredients. The usual Indian breakfast items like idli , dosas and chappatis are delicious but being made with flour and rice, you start to wonder if it should be taken as breakfast. Oh yes ! Chappatis can be made with alternatives like whole wheat flour and you can add healthy vegetables to your dosas but the underlying fact is that the basic ingredients that they are made out of are not so healthy and definitely not a great option when you want to loose weight.

I was in the look out for a good healthy Indian recipe because let’s be honest here ,  eating western breakfast almost everyday can become a little monotonous and sad for your taste buds . Though western breakfast dishes  are great (I tend to make them quite often myself )and can be easily made into healthy versions ,  you eventually  start to crave the spices. So this recipe I’m about to share with you uses oats instead of rice as the basic ingredient. Here is a long explanation on why it is a better alternative to rice.

Benefits of oats :


They are loaded with  fiber and healthy nutrients so they help in

  1. lowering your cholesterol,
  2. Improving your chances of wading off any diseases or the silly old common cold and flu,
  3. Controlling your blood sugar level by regulating your insulin sensitivity,
  4. Controlling your appetite
  5. And reduces oxidative stress. I mentioned in an earlier post ( http so:// ) how oxidative stress can wreak havoc on your body and skin making you age faster.
  6. Research shows that having oats as breakfast improves your blood sugar levels which means better skin gradually .

To make this yummy scrumptious Idlis , follow this recipe !

WHAT YOU NEED: (makes 15 Idlis ) 

Prep time : 10 mins

Cook time : 20 mins

  •  1 1/2 cups of oats roasted for 4 mins and cooled
  • 3/4 cups of Semolina (rava )
  • 1 cup of Yoghurt
  • 1 grated carrot
  • Salt as required 
  • Water as required

For tempering:

  • 1/2 teaspoon of mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of Urud dal 
  • Pinch of asafoetida ( if needed , I skipped this step) 
  • 2 green chilies finely chopped
  • A few curry leaves
  • A handful of finely chopped coriander leaves ( optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of oil 

Pictorial :


Grind the roasted oats to a fine powder and set aside.


Heat the oil. Add the mustard seeds and once they begin to splutter , add in the Urud dal and cook until the dal turns brown. To this add the green chilies ,curry leaves and salt. Sauté for a few seconds.


Add in the carrot and cook until the color changes.


Add in the semolina and cook for 5 mins .


Add in the finely chopped coriander leaves and give it a mix.


Add in the oats powder and mix until well incorporated .


Add the yoghurt and mix unti well incorporated for 2 mins.


Add water to the mixture to make a thick does batter. Add salt at this stage after adding the water as adding water can dilute the salt.


Pour the batter into the idli mounds. I like to oil the mounds before pouring in the batter , makes the Idlis come out smoothly from the mounds. Steam for 20-25 mins. It takes more time to steam than the rice Idlis .

And there you go your Idlis are ready to eat. Try it with some spicy tomato chutney and tell me what you think in the comments below and Give the post a like !

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