Monday, June 2, 2014

Oats Rava Idli - Oats Semolina Steam Cakes

Today, I am sharing a recipe of a healthy breakfast menu, Oats rava Idli..Idli is a traditional South Indian menu which is served as a breakfast..Normally, Idlis are made with the batter of rice and urad dal, which is fermented overnight and poured in idli molds and steamed..But,Oats- Rava Idli doesn't require fermentation..You can pour this batter immediately in a large holes of idli molds and serve this idli with the chutney of your choice...This idli is good for diabetic and elderly person. Oats contains fibre which is good for digestion and also it reduces cholesterol. We are familiar with sweet oats porridge that we mostly combined with milk ..Instead of that, we can make lots of savory items in oats too like Oats Upma, Oats puttu, Oats soup etc which I will share these in my later post..I didn't know that idli's can be made with oats until I came to  the recipe mentioned  here..I didn't have the time to take step by step pictures of preparation as my hubby is hurry for going to office...I served this with Tomato Garlic Chutney, which I will share it in my next post..As a change from making normal idlis, do try to make this easy and healthy idlis..Impress your hubby and kids..Lets go the recipe.

                                                        Recipe Courtesy: here 


  • Instant Oats - 1 cup
  • Semolina (rava) - 1/2 cup 
  • Yogurt - 1/2 cup
  • Baking Soda / Eno Fruit Salt -  a pinch ( baking soda) / 1/2 tsp ( fruit salt)
  • Salt - to taste
  • Any vegetables of your choice, finely chopped - 1 cup ( I used carrot,capsicum and beans)
  • Finely chopped green chillies - 2 no.s
  • Finely chopped ginger - 1 tsp
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves - 2 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Water - 1/2 cup ( depends)
     To temper:
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal (uzhunnu paripp) - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves, finely chopped  - 1 sprig
  • Asafoetida ( kayam podi) - 1/4 tsp

  • Roast Oats in a pan at medium heat till colour changes slightly..Set aside to cool and grind into coarse powder..
  • In same pan, add oil, when it heats and add mustard seeds..
  • When it splutters, add urad dal,when it becomes light brown, add chopped curry leaves..
  •  Add asafoetida and saute well..
  • Then add the chopped ginger,green chilies and coriander leaves and saute well. 
  • Add finely chopped vegetables and saute at a high flame for one second .Be careful, don't burn it..
  • Then reduce the flame to medium, add semolina to it and roast it..( If you are using roasted semolina,ignore this step)
  • Off the flame and transfer these into large bowl..
  • Add grounded roast oats,yogurt,salt,water and mix well and make into thick batter like normal idlis..
  • Add baking soda / Eno fruit salt and mix well..Can add little water if your batter is too thick..
  • Heat the idli vessel / idli cooker with little water..Don't add too much water, otherwise water will get into idlis while steaming...
  • Grease the idli mold holes with little oil and pour one tablespoon of batter in each holes.
  • Place these molds in a vessel and steam cook for 10 to 12 mins till done.
  • To check whether idli is done, insert a fork or toothpick in the centre of idlis..If it comes out clean, its done..
  • Off the flame, and take out the idli molds and set aside to cool..
  • When it cools down, take the idlis with spoon and serve it on a plate with bottom facing upwards as shown in above picture...
  • Serve warm with any chutneys of your choice..

  • It is necessary to use either baking soda or fruit salt while preparing this idli..Otherwise you will not get soft idlis..
  • Eno fruit salt is mostly used in making this idli..It makes more soft and porous than baking soda..I don't have Eno fruit salt, so I used baking soda...
  • You can add any desired vegetables of your choice..But make sure, veggies should be very finely chopped otherwise it takes time to cook...
  • You can adjust the yogurt and water quantity  i.e you had more curd, add little water and vice versa..