My Laptop autocorrects from @healthynidhi to @healthyidli each I type my name.
This only proves my love for idlis.
This relationship with idlis goes a long way when outings back home were all about a trip to our favourite idli-dosa joint. We would wait for special days to pay a visit there. Filter Coffee was only allowed if we would finish our idlis along with sambar and chutney. Mum would love seeing us slurp sambar along with idli and smile as we would wait for our turn of filter coffee.
For those of you who do not know what idlis are these are ‘steamed rice cakes’ made with fermented batter.
With the changing times and our busy lives making idlis from scratch can become a chore. Soaking, blending and fermentation of idli batter each time when you crave idlis could become a daunting task. Oats idlis are a perfect answer when you are craving something healthy with Indian flavours which does not need much planning.
- Easily available ingredients
This Oats idli is all about nutrition without just being a carb overload fix.
Oats are incredibly nutritious, whole oats are rich in antioxidants, they contain a powerful soluble fiber , they can lower cholesterol levels, it can improve blood sugar control, oatmeal is very filling and may help in weight loss
Yoghurt– It’s rich in important nutrients.Yogurt contains some of nearly every nutrient that your body needs.It’s high in protein,some varieties may benefit digestive health. It may strengthen the immune system..it may protect against osteoporosis.It may benefit heart health. It may promote weight management.
Veggie fix -most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories.,vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate, vitamin A, and vitamin C.Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure.
Rice Semolina/Semolina; Since rice semolina is gluten-free, it is useful for those with gluten allergies. It is a good source of carbohydrates, and hence a good source of energy. Rice semolina boosts your intake of several B-complex vitamins, especially folate and thiamine.
Few things to remember while making these idli.
- Mix fruit salt only when the water is steaming in the pot. We do not want the foam in the batter to deflate.
- Pour the batter on well-greased idli plates only
- Steam these idlis on high for about 15 minutes.
- Wait for the idlis to cool and do not rush to de-mould even if you are tempted.
- The idli may look soggy and soft when straight out of the steamer but they are well cooked from inside
- Remember not to overfill the steamer and that the water should not touch the batter.
- These idlis are a complete meal on their own so no sambar or chutney may be needed, really if you are pressed with time.
- In case streaming of idlis intimidate you or you don’t have any kind of steamer make a small pancake with the same batter, I assume they should be good (I have not made it though )
- Another option could be cooking these in a microwave in silicone cupcake moulds.(again I have tried it but I am just getting ideas as was typing these as these idlis are so delicious and healthy that I want you to eat these in spite of not having the appropriate utensil.
Instant Pot Method: Place 1.5 cups of water in the inner steel pot of your IP. Hit the saute button as you start filling the idli moulds with the batter. Now place the idli stand inside and close the instant pot with its lid. Press the steam button and then set the pressure valve to the venting position. In the venting position, the IP doesn’t count the time so you will have to keep an eye on the watch. Pressure will build and idlis will get done in around 12-13 minutes. So from the time you close the instant pot with its lid, it should take 12-14 minutes for idlis to be done.
Pressure Cooker Method: Same method as above but instead you use your traditional pressure cooker and remove the whistle from top.
Traditional Idli Maker: Steam 1.5 cups of water as you fill the greased idli mould with the batter. Cook idlis for 15 minutes.
These Instant Oats Idli are
- Are instant and you can make them when you crave warm, soft idlis
- Is ideal for breakfast, lunch or dinner or even as a snack!
- Made with rolled oats and a little bit of rice semolina
- Packed with fibre, nutrients and so many veggies!
Enjoy the Instant Oats recipe with
Mulgapodi (Idli Podi)
Idlis are ‘steamed rice cakes’ made with fermented batter.Oats idlis are a perfect answer when you are craving for something healthy ,Indian which does not need much planning.
- 2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
- 2 cups thick yogurt
- ½ cup rice rava /millet rava
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 heaping teaspoon fruits salt
- 1 cup grated carrot
- ½ cup water
- 2 teaspoons chopped coriander
- Salt to taste
- Ghee to grease the idli plates
- 1 tablespoon ghee
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 2 teaspoons chopped cashews or 1 teaspoon urad dal,and chana dal
- 1 teaspoon chopped green chilli ((or to taste ))
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon chopped curry leaves (optional)
- Heat a cast-iron pan and stir fry the cooking oats and semolina for 10-12 minutes till well roasted on low heat. Remove and set aside. Cool.
- Add yoghurt, water, salt and lemon juice to the oats and keep aside for an hour to ferment.
- In the same pan add ghee, cumin seeds, chopped cashews, green chillies, ginger and the curry leaves.
- Allow the tempering to release flavour and add it to the oats-semolina mixture.
- Further, chopped coriander and grated carrots.
- Mix well till everything gets everything mixed together.
- Heat a steamer with adequate water.
- When the water gets heated add the fruit salt along with the 2 tablespoons of water in the idli batter and mix everything.(in case you don’t have a 16 piece idli mould then only add proportional fruits salt to the batter used)
- Grease the idli mould with ghee and pour the batter in all the moulds.
- Steam the idlis for approximately 20 minutes. (remember to add enough water for the 20 minutes of streaming)
- Once done remove from heat and allow the idlis to cool. ( the texture appears only after a bit of cooling )
- Do Not remove the idlis from the moulds immediately as they are very soft.
- Serve warm along with coconut chutney.
- Roasting the oats is an important step
- Quick cooking oats yield the best result.
- Yoghurt should be thick and room temperature
- These idlis need to be a little cool and only then should be served.
- One hour of soaking the idlis with yoghurt and lemon juice and salt is important.
- These idlis are not the same texture as the conventional idlis but really delicious on its
- In case you don’t have coconut chutney, top it with some sambar podi or malgapodi.These are just as good .