If you have been pondering a lot about choices of healthy Indian breakfast options, then this post if for you. Idli is a popular breakfast option that almost every Indian knows of that has captured our fascination for many decades now.
The thing with the rice Idlis is that it needs a bit of (actually a lot) prep work and hence gets ruled out if you are on lookout for some last minute dishes for your breakfast options. Oats Idli is an interesting take on the conventional Idlis that eliminates the preparation work that goes into making a Idli. At the same time, unlike the usual notion of instant food which we have come to associate as being unhealthy, Oats Idli is a perfect dish to begin your mornings on a healthy note.
There are quite a few varieties of Oats that you must know when you go buying them- Whole Oats, Oat Bran, Rolled Oats, Oat Flour and Instant Oats. For this recipe, we have used rolled Oats which are nothing but whole Oats that are steamed and flattened so that they get cooked in 5-10 mins.
The only preparation step that is required for this recipe is roasting of Oats and Semolina. Since Oats Idli features quite regularly on my breakfast menu, I end up roasting Oats and Semolina in bulk and storing it in an air-tight container. The mornings when my family asks for Oats Idli to be made in the breakfast, I just need to grind the roasted Oats in fine powder and then make its Idli batter in curd. We can increase the health quotient by adding some par-cooked vegetables like-French beans, Capsicum, Corn, Green Peas etc.
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- 1 Cup=100gms rolled Oats
- ½ Cup=100gms Fine Semolina (Bombay Rava)
- ¼th Cup fresh/frozen Green Peas
- ¼th Cup grated Carrots
- ¼th Cup French Beans-finely chopped
- ½ Cup=125 gms Curd
- Cooking Oil
- 5-6 Curry Leaves
- 1-tsp Mustard Seeds
- 1-tsp Urad Dal
- 1-tsp Chana Dal
- ½-inch grated Ginger root
- 3-4 Green Chilies-finely chopped
- ½-tsp Cooking Soda (or 1-tsp Fruit Salt/Eno)
- 2-tbsp Coriander Leaves-finely chopped
- We will start with the roasting of Oats. Heat a Pan and put oats in it. Roast until Oats become slightly brown in color. We have roasted Oats for 3 mins in the pan. Remove from Pan and allow it to cool down completely.
- In the same pan, we will now roast Semolina/Rava. Keep stirring the rava in the pan to prevent it from getting burnt. I have roasted Rava on low-medium heat for 6-7 mins. Remove it in a plate and allow it cool down completely.
- Heat 1½ -tbsp Cooking Oil in a Pan. Add Mustard Seeds, Urad Dal and Chana Dal. Fry for a min. Add Green Chilies, Curry Leaves and grated Ginger. Fry for 30 seconds. Add green peas, chopped French Beans and grated Carrots. Mix all the vegetables. Add Salt and mix. Cover and Cook on low heat for few mins.
- Grind roasted Oats into a fine powder.
- We have cooked vegetables for about 3 mins. We must retain its crunch. Add chopped Coriander leaves and mix. Remove from Pan.
- We will now make Idli batter. In a large bowl, put Rava. Add powdered Oats. Mix well. Now add cooked Vegetables. Mix vegetables with oats and rava. Add Curd and mix again. Add Salt to taste. Now, we will add water to make batter of spoon-drop consistency.
- We have used 1½ Cups of water to achieve spoon drop consistency. Now, add baking soda. This can be replaced with Fruit Salt/Eno. Stir the batter in one direction. Keep the batter aside for 15 mins.
- Now, we will pour this batter in Idli molds. Grease the molds with some Oil. Pour some batter in molds. Let's now steam the Idlis. Put the Idli molds in the steamer. Cover and Cook on low-medium heat.
- We have cooked Idlis for 15 mins. Remove from the steamer. Allow the first batch to cool and meanwhile cook second batch.
- In these measurements, we can cook 12-15 Idlis. Let's serve the Idlis for breakfast now.
- We have served Oats Idli with some Coconut Chutney. These Idlis can also be served with breakfast Sambhar or Tomato Chutney. Check out our YouTube Channel for recipes.
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