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Oats idli recipe with step by step photos. These are healthy, tasty and instant oats idli made with oats, curd, semolina, herbs and spices. No fermentation is required to make this quick idli recipe.

oats idli recipe

Sharing one more oats recipe. A quick and instant recipe of idli made with oats. This recipe is similar to the way we make Rava idli. apart from oats, I have also used rava or cream of wheat in the batter.

On occasions, I do add few veggies in the batter and at times I make the idlis without any veggies. The pictures are taken on two different occasions when I made these idlis.

The recipe of these instant oats idli gets done quickly. when the idlis are steaming, you can prepare the chutney. And lo you have a healthy breakfast at your table. These oats idli also make for a good tiffin box snack.

If you like oats, then you can check these Oats recipes already posted on blog like Oats dosa, Oats upma.

Serve oats idli hot or warm with coconut chutney or idli podi or sambar.

How to make oats idli

1. take 1 cup quick cooking oats or rolled oats in a grinder or blender jar.

oats for oats idli recipe

2. Grind or blend the oats to a fine flour. Keep aside.

grind oats for oats idli recipe

3. Peel and grate 1 small to medium carrot.

carrot for oats idli recipe

4. Some of the ingredients that will be added to the idlis. In clockwise order – cumin seeds, mustard seeds, chana dal, crushed black pepper, chopped coriander leaves, finely chopped curry leaves, chopped ginger and green chilies.

spices for oats idli recipe

Making tempering for oats idli batter

5. Heat ½ to 1 tbsp oil in a pan. On a low flame, add the ½ tsp cumin seeds, ½ tsp mustard seeds, 1 tsp chana dal. Add ½ tsp urad dal if using.

chana dal for oats idli recipe

6. Stir.

making oats idli recipe

7. Saute till the mustard seeds crackle and both the chana dal & urad dal become golden.

chana dal for oats idli recipe

8. Now add the 1 tsp chopped green chilies, 1 tsp chopped ginger, 1 tsp finely chopped curry leaves, 8 to 10 cashews (chopped), ½ tsp crushed black pepper and a pinch of asafoetida/hing.

ginger for oats idli recipe

9. Saute for a minute.

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Making oats idli batter

10. Add ½ cup of rava (sooji or cream of wheat).

sooji for oats idli recipe

11. On a low flame, stir and saute for 2 minutes.

saute sooji for oats idli recipe

12. Then add the oats flour.

oats flour for oats idli recipe

13. Stir very well and keep on stirring often while roasting the flour on a low flame.

roasting oats flour for idli recipe

14. Roast for 4 to 5 minutes.

roasting oats flour for idli recipe

15. Take this mixture in a bowl and let it cool down completely.

oats idli mixture

16. Then add the grated carrots and 3 tsp chopped coriander leaves. You can also add steamed peas or finely chopped french beans. You can skip the veggies too.

veggies for oats idli recipe

17. Add ½ cup curd. You can add either fresh or sour curd.

curd for oats idli recipe

18. Add 1 cup of water.

water for oats idli recipe

19. Stir the idli batter very well.

idli batter for oats idli recipe

20. The batter should have a medium consistency and be neither too thick nor thin. Cover and allow the batter to sit for 5 to 6 minutes.

idli batter for oats idli recipe

21. Meanwhile, grease the idli moulds with some oil or ghee (clarified butter). Also, heat water in the idli steamer or in an electric cooker or pressure cooker.

greasing idli moulds with oil

22. The batter after the resting time.

oats idli batter

23. Now add salt as per taste and stir very well.

salt for oats idli batter

24. Now add 1 tsp fruit salt (eno) or ½ tsp baking soda. For a less soapy alkaline aroma, you can add ½ tsp fruit salt or ¼ tsp baking soda. The texture in this case is less fluffy and soft.

eno for oats idli recipe

25. As soon as you add the fruit salt, quickly begin to stir the whole batter.

making oats idli recipe

26. Be quick and stir very well so that the eno is mixed evenly in the oats idli batter.

making oats idli recipe

Steaming oats idli

27. Pour the oats idli batter in the greased idli moulds. Try to use all the batter in one steaming lot. If you keep the batter for the second round of steaming, the oats idlis won’t become that soft.

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28. Place the moulds in the steamer/electric cooker/pressure cooker. Cover and steam the oats idlis till they are done. About 10 to 12 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the idlis should come out clean. Allow the steamed idlis to stand for some minutes. Then remove them with a spoon dipped in hot water.

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29. Serve these light healthy oats idli with coconut chutney or idli sambar.

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Oats Idli

4.74 from 26 votes
These are healthy, tasty and instant oats idli made with oats, curd, semolina, herbs and spices.
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 55 mins

Cuisine South Indian
Course: Breakfast

Servings 15 to 16 idlis
Units

Ingredients

main ingredients for oats idli

  • 1 cup oats, quick cooking oats or rolled oats
  • ½ cup fine rava (sooji or cream of wheat)
  • ½ cup fresh or sour curd (yogurt)
  • 1 cup water or add as required
  • 1 teaspoon eno or ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 small to medium carrot grated or 1/3 to ½ cup grated carrot - optional
  • 3 teaspoon chopped coriander leaves

    (cilantro leaves)

  • salt as required

for tempering oats idli

  • ½ tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon urad dal (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon chana dal (bengal gram)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • ½ teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • 1 or 2 green chilies, chopped or 1 teaspoon chopped green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chopped ginger or ½ inch ginger chopped
  • 8 to 10 cashews - chopped
  • 1 or 2 tablespoon grated coconut (optional)

Instructions

preparation for oats idli

  • Take 1 cup oats in a grinder or blender jar and grind or blend to a fine flour.
  • Peel and grate 1 small to medium carrot.
  • Finely chop the ginger, curry leaves, coriander leaves and green chilies.

making tempering for oats idli batter

  • Heat 1/2 tbsp oil in a pan. On a low flame, add the mustard seeds, chana dal and urad dal. 
  • Stir and saute till the mustard seeds crackle and both the urad dal and chana dal become golden.
  • Now add the green chilies, ginger, curry leaves, cashews and a pinch of asafoetida. Saute for a minute.

making oats idli batter

  • Add 1/2 cup of sooji (rava or cream of wheat). Stir and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Then add the oats flour. Stir very well and keep on stirring often while roasting the flour.
  • Roast for 4 to 5 minutes. Take this mixture in a bowl and let it cool down completely.
  • Then add the grated carrots and chopped coriander leaves. You can also add steamed peas or finely chopped french beans or skip the veggies altogether.
  • Add 1/2 cup curd. You can add either fresh or sour curd.
  • Add 1 cup water. Stir the idli batter very well. The batter should have a medium consistency. Cover and allow the batter to sit for 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, grease the idli moulds with some oil or ghee. Also heat water in the idli steamer or in an electric cooker or pressure cooker.
  • Now add salt as per taste and stir very well.
  • Now add 1 tsp fruit salt (eno) or 1/2 tsp baking soda. For a less soapy alkaline aroma you can also add 1/2 tsp fruit salt or 1/4 tsp baking soda. The texture in this case is less fluffy and soft.
  • As soon as you add the fruit salt, quickly begin to stir the whole batter.
  • Be quick and stir very well so that the eno is mixed evenly in the batter.

steaming oats idli

  • Pour the oats idli batter in a the greased idli moulds. Try to use all the batter in one steaming.
  • Place the moulds in the steamer/electric cooker/pressure cooker. Cover and steam the oats idlis for about 10 to 12 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the idlis should come out clean.
  • Allow the steamed idlis to stand for some minutes. Then remove them with a spoon dipped in hot water.
  • Serve these light healthy and instant oats idli hot or warm with coconut chutney or sambar.

Notes

Vegan option for making oats idli
  1. You can use a vegan yogurt like cashew yogurt or almond yogurt. Cashew yogurt will taste better.
  2. Or just skip adding curd and add about ½ to 1 tsp of lemon juice to get a slight sour taste and also to help in the acid alkaline reaction.

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86 Comments

  1. Instead of the oats roasting and grinding process, can I directly use oats atta (flour), may be roast that, if requires

  2. Excellent recipe!! I have a quick question. Can we store this batter for a day or two?5 stars

  3. Why oats are always sticky,? my idlis came out sticky. Please help. I put one pinch baking soda instead of fruit salt

  4. I tried this recipie and its super awesome… the idly is soft and light.. thank you for sharing the recipie…5 stars

  5. Hi Dassana

    Thankyou for a lovely recipe. I prepared the idlis for breakfast this morning and they were delicious. I just love all South Indian food. Will next try your ragi idli recipe. Thanks again.

    1. Welcome Tasneem. Glad to know that you liked the oats idli recipe. ragi idli recipe also is very good.

  6. Hi I tried this.. it turned out tasty but they didn’t come like yours.. they were not much firm and are like upma consistency. I have added 1cup finest sooji to 2 cups oats

    1. whenever sooji is increased in any recipe, some care has to be taken. more sooji can make the food dense or hard or dry. so more liquids are needed in the recipe. so when doubling or tripling recipe with sooji, always add less sooji. thats the reason they were like upma consistency.

  7. Hiiii..
    I really want to thank you for this recipe..i tried it yesterday and it was super delicious..my hubby loved it so much..it was the best recipe i ever tried plus it was healthy too..5 stars

    1. Welcome Mansi. Glad to know that both of you liked oats idli recipe. Thanks for this positive review.

  8. Hi,
    I tried this recipe for a Sunday Breakfast. Its really simple and quick to make. The idlis turned out to be tasty. However, they were a little watery on one side and cooked well on the other. Do you have any advice on that?4 stars

    1. thanks shubha. the water in the pan should not touch the idlis. if they touch the idli pan while boiling, the idlis will be watery from one side. otherwise i see no reason for the idlis to be watery.

  9. Hi, Is it necessary to use baking soda, baking powder or eno? If I want to skip them, will it be fine? Will the recipe change?

    1. garima, baking powder, baking soda or eno helps in leavening and make the idlis soft and light. you can skip also, but then the idlis will be slightly dense. if the denseness is fine with you, then you can skip. the recipe remains the same.

      1. Oh I was thinking of making it for my kid who is less than an year old. So was not sure if leavening agents are fine at this age. You have any idea? Will little eno be ok?

        1. garima, avoid eno or baking soda for small. their systems are very sensitive, so just skip them. these can cause stomach issues. just make the oats idlis without eno or baking soda.

    1. since curd/yogurt is not used, i would not suggest to freeze the idlis. they are better consumed fresh.

  10. These are the tastiest idli! I love how you don’t need to prepare the batter in advance. I prepare these almost every weekend.

  11. Hi,
    Very yummy… Thanks for the recipe.. please suggest instead of Curd what can be used as doctor advised me not to eat curd in any form.
    Thank you…
    Regards

    1. gul, you can substitute lemon juice in this recipe instead of curd. just add 2 tbsp lemon juice along with water to make the batter. you will need to add more water than what is mentioned in the recipe.

  12. I tried oats idlis and they were superb. I haven’t tried making idlis by fermentation method . I always make rava idlis. They always turn out soft. Will fermented idlis be more tasty and soft. Also thanks for the oats idli recipe.5 stars

    1. thanks kaur for the feedback. compared to the quick idlis, fermented idlis are more softer in texture. the fermentation process makes them healthy too. just today i made poha idlis and they were so soft and fluffy. i will add the recipe also. try making a small batch of idli batter. you will get an idea as how to the batter ferments and rises. preparing idli is very easy. once you get the hang of making them, you can always have soft idlis for breakfast 🙂

  13. Hi Dassana,

    First of all I would like to thank you for writing such an amazing blog dedicated to vegetarian food! Second of all thank you for this awesome receipe which is an instant hot in my house and my mother in law couldn’t stop praising. My one year old daughter and husband have undoubtedly rated this as one of the healthiest breakfast items. Only if I could post the pics you would know.

    Looking forward to more of such receipes and inspirations from you.

    Best regards,
    Vidushi4 stars

    1. welcome vidushi. glad to know that you all liked the recipe. yes it is very healthy. you can send the pics at [email protected] and i will share it in the blog facebook page with other readers. thanks for sharing this encouraging feedback.

  14. Hi..ur recipe is superb.. I tried it for the first time..my mil and my littlr girl of 1 year loved it..thank you so much..God bless you!

    1. welcome poonam. glad to know this. thanks for your positive feedback and for your prayers.

  15. your photographs are superb… That is what attracted me to this page… It has good resolution and the lighting is simply awesome… I liked the way you used the corner of the table in the last photograph… And of course, I’m going to try the recipe tomorrow itself…

    1. thank you for liking the pics and the angles. very rarely i get readers commenting on the pics. hope the recipe comes out well.

  16. Hi Dassana,
    U r too good at all the recipes, i follow ur guidelines quite regularly. …Thanks a lot…5 stars

  17. Hi Amit,

    Your website made my life easier with some good recipes for my kid. Please post a recipe for coconut cookies. I am tempted to try oats idli. Will do it at the earliest.

    Thanks a million tonne.

  18. Dassana,
    Your recipes are awesome. I am learning baking following your recipes.
    Thanks a lot.
    All the best.
    Archana

  19. Hi,

    I have been following your blog since long time..I tried the dal recipes and now I want to start with these breakfast recipes. I am stuck in parathas, upma, poha rut. I want more options. I want to try the oats idli but can I skip the tadka and make plain idli? What changes should I make?

    Also, I have some store bought mava. I dont want to make guabjamun/malpua(fried). What else can I make with it? I wanted to make pedha but it became a dhodha(reddish with coarse chewy texture..I guess you know this. Its eaten in Punjab.) Any suggestions are welcome.

    Thank you,
    Sushma

    1. Sushma, you can skip the tadka part. avoid mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal and directly add the other spices herbs in the batter. But roast the oats flour and sooji lightly. You can also roast the oats first and then grind into flour. Whatever suits you.

      With mawa you can make barfi. Plain barfi or with dry fruits. Just saute crumbled or grated khoya in a pan. Add powdered sugar and cook till mixture leaves sides of pan. then remove and spread in a thali or pan. If using sugar then you can cook the mawa with sugar. You can also make mawa cake or muffins. Or make a sabzi with matar or cashews or makhana. Kulfi can also be made. You can also make gajar or beetroot or lauki halwa.

  20. I never knew how to cook until my son started eating. Bt now i make something new everyday. Ur recipies are simple n easy to make. I make almost everything now.Vegetables…Oats Idli…Dosa…Masala Vadas… Some sweets for Diwali…tifin items… snacks. Thank u so much.

  21. I Tried Your Many Recipies Specially From Kids Recipies .My Three Year Old Kiddo Just Loved All Of Them. Right now I m feeding him oats dosa which is from your blog and u know he ate two and half …They are small not big one but I really wanna thank you …you are amazing … m definitely gonna try oats idli too. ..

  22. hello mam,
    idli came out superbly tasty and my daughters tiffin was finely finished!!!!
    I am big fan of your recipes and equally appreciate the simple way of yours narrating n explaining it!!!
    very appreciable effort from you both…..thank u for this blog…!!!!5 stars

  23. Hi.. Idlis came out very tasty…I want to know how much eno needs to be added to the batter… I used one sachet of eno… But the idlis didn’t come fluffy…5 stars

    1. one sachet of eno is more than enough. could be that the eno was not fresh, meaning not active. same amount of eno to be used as mentioned in the recipe.

  24. Hi dassna…!
    Ur recipes r really simple , quick to make & with gr8 taste….step by step process really helps if any part missed in between….today I tried oats idli & came out v well…but want to ask that if v roast oats doesn’t it lose its nutritional value….
    Keep posting 🙂 !4 stars

  25. I am a big fan of yours. Your recipes are superb. I tried oats idli today and have a question on the same. Can i prepare the batter ahead of time like morning for evening idli. Problem is i want to use this for lunch and dinner. Thanks

    1. thank you shruti. you can prepare the batter and keep in the frigde. then just check the consistency before preparing as the batter will thicken a bit after being refrigerated for some hours. add fruit salt or baking soda just before you steam the idlis.

    1. shalini, you can use a vegan yogurt like cashew yogurt or almond yogurt. cashew yogurt will taste better. or just skip adding curd and add about 1/2 to 1 tsp of lemon juice to get a slight sour taste and also to help in the acid alkaline reaction.

  26. Prepared oats idly today.. It was superrb.. Even tried ur mint pulav… The taste was excellent.. Thanks a lot for receipes..

  27. hi umm you’ve been a great teacher to me for the last 2 months, love your recipes. i have a question though can we use anything else instead of dahi/curd, because my father doesn’t eat dairy products but this seems like a really healthy and delicious recipe. it’d be nice to get it to his mouth as well. great job though it’s absolutely beautiful.4 stars

    1. thanks shashank. dahi or curd helps in making the idlis soft and also give a sour taste to them. just skip the dahi. add water and just add a bit of lemon or lime juice. to introduce acidity in the batter. the eno or baking soda will react with the lemon juice and make the batter fluffy. you can add about 1 tbsp of lemon juice.

  28. hi, can we replace rava with anything else? Can i add wheat rava/dalia instead of plain rava?

    1. you can replace rava with idli rava. dalia also can be added, but the texture will be different.

  29. thanks for sharing such wonderful recipes. I tried Wheat pizza taste was awesome but i think i did some mistake as my base became soggy. Can u please guide wht was wrong. I baked in OTG on the fan mode.

    Regards
    Seema

  30. Dassana, how are you doing? I’m leaving a comment after so long although I read all your recipes 🙂

    I have tried making oats idlis once but that Eno taste was very strong. And without Eno, it became too hard. But I’ll try again using your recipe. I’ve been told to eat body-cooling foods like ragi. Do you have any easy ragi recipes?

  31. hi, dassana, just tried this recipe . came out really well thanks a lot for sharing such a healthy recipe which is full of nutrition. it will be a great help if you share the recipe of multigrain bread.

    1. welcome rashmi. glad to know this. i will try to add multi grain bread recipe in coming months.

  32. hi dasana
    i always try your receipes its so simple n so quick n very tasty also

    i try aata pizza even its came so gud
    but i tried your jam bread wasn’t came out gud i think water was too much ,but i dint through i used into bread crumbs

    thanku so much for your receipes

    love you4 stars

    1. thanks rajkumari. i did not understand what you meant by ‘but i dint through i used into bread crumbs’. let me know what happened with the jam bread.

  33. it seems healthy and delicious, thank you so much for sharing your recipes, i like the way you simply the recipes.

      1. Hi first tell me your first name is dassana or amit? I must say your way of putting the recipe is superb..the way u talk about what u r going to make..ur past experiences..the most unique presentation of recipe I hv ever seen..the recipes without a doubt are amazing..the pictures r so good and it looks like I shud go to the kitchen and make them now..u knw every night before sleeping I have to check this website and I get so indulged tht I dont even realise the tym..u r superb and m going to try ur kalakand recipe on karwa chauth..5 stars