Oats Idli / Idly

Oats Idli
Oats Idli

The other day I prepared Oats Idli. I was very happy when it came out very well – soft, tasty and filling. In fact, it tasted almost like Rava Idly and hence, I feel if you do like Rava Idly, you will like Oats Idli. It should help make a good breakfast for your family. So, why Oats Idli on breakfast menu?

Idli are well known and well received, healthy, nutrition rich food. The Black Gram lentil or Urad Dal is protein rich and Idli itself is spice and oil-free. Doctors recommend going for Idli as an easily digestible healthy food during illness. Oats are known to heart friendly and rich in dietary fiber. The soluble fiber found in Oats is known to lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol levels. Oats are also known to aid weight loss, reduce blood pressure, increase energy levels. So, when these two healthy foods come together, I can only imagine things turning out to be good (although, lentils are left out in Oats Idli but some of the protein content of lentils missing is compensated by its presence in Oats. Protein content in Oats is known to be higher than those in other cereals).

The other advantage with Oats Idli is that its preparation time is lot lower than normal Idli. No need to soak Dal or lentils for hours, prepare batter and then leave it to ferment overnight for 12 hours. Hence, like Rava Idli, Oats is instant preparation and hence the term Instant Oats Idli.

After my Oats Breakfast recipe became the most popular recipe on my blog, readers have been asking me for more Oats recipes. Hence, after Oats Upma, Oats Soup, now I am posting Oats Idli. I found its recipein Sharmilee’s recipes blog. I admire her work a lot and do check out her post too for some step by step instructions on how to make Oats Idli. I made some small changes here – instead of Wheat Rava, I used normal white or medium sized Rava and used Green Chilli paste. Also, Instead of using Curd + Water, I used Buttermilk. We usually prepare Buttermilk at home daily, so I used sour Buttermilk. I added the Coriander Leaves to the batter directly without frying. It really came out well and my relatives who tried it out based on my instructions found equal success with it. Do try it out and let me know if you like it or post questions if you have issues.

Oats Idli
Oats Idli

Oats Idli / Idly Ingredients:

  • Instant oats – 1 cup (I used Quaker Oats)
  • White or Medium Sized Rava or Semolina – 1/2 cup (One can use Wheat Rava also)
  • Curd – 1/2 cup
  • Water – 3/4 or as required (I used Buttermilk instead of Curd and Water)
  • Asafoetida/Hing – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander leaves / Cilantro – 2 tsp. finely chopped
  • Baking soda – 1/2 tsp.
  • Oil or Ghee – To grease Idly plates
  • Salt

Seasoning Ingredients:

  • Oil – 1 tsp.
  • Mustard Seeds – 2tsp
  • Carrot – 1 medium sized grated (around 1/2 Cup)
  • Green Chilli – 1 tsp. finely chopped or 1/2 tsp. Green Chilli Paste

Time to prepare: 30 min

How to Make Oats Idli / Idly:

  1. Dry roast the Instant Oats in a frying pan for 3-4 min and set aside to cool it completely. Then grind the roasted Oats to a fine powder in a mixer grinder or in a food processor.
  2. In the same pan, dry roast the White or Medium Sized Rava for 3-4 min or until you get a nice aroma from it. Allow the Rava to cool. Now transfer the roasted Semolina/Rava and powdered Oats from above step to a mixing bowl and mix well.
  3. Seasoning Part: Heat Oil in a pan, add Mustard Seeds, once they splutter add grated Carrot and Chopped Green Chilli or Chilli Paste (I used Chilli Paste) and saute till the raw smell of the Carrots disappear. This may take about 5 min of time.
  4. Add these seasoning ingredients to the Oats-Semolina mixture bowl and mix once. Now add Asafoetida/Hing, Finely Chopped Coriander leaves/Cilantro, Baking Soda, Curd + Water or Buttermilk and mix everything together with the help of spatula to prepare the Oats Idli batter. If batter becomes too thick adjust with sufficient water or Buttermilk and the batter turns as thick as the normal Idly or Dosa batter.
  5. Grease the Idly/Idli plate with Oil/Ghee and pour the sufficient amount of batter to the Idly/Idli molds with the help of ladle. Arrange the Idly/Idli plates and steam it for 10-12 minutes or till done. It may take maximum 15 min to cook the Idlies.

Now the Oats Idly/Idli is ready. Serve hot Oats Idli/Idli with Coconut Chutney, Saagu or Chutney Powder depending on your preference.


  1. One can use Wheat Rava or Semolina for healthier version of Oats Idli.
  2. Baking Soda provides good texture to the Oats Idli and the Idlies turns fluffier by adding just a little Soda to the batter.
  3. One can add Fried Cashews to the Oats Idli batter. This gives rich taste to the Oats Idli, if you are ok with just a few extra calories.
  4. Other vegetables of your choice can be added to the Oats Idli.
Oats Idli
Oats Idli


  1. Dear Hema,
    Its so wonderful that you give great importance to health quotient in your recipes. I have been wanting to eat oats but porridge tastes bland..So your recipes have been of immense help to me..Thank you so much and keep up your good work..

  2. Hi Hema,

    Your website is very useful. Please keep posting such healthy break fast recipes. Because as a south Indian I run out of options for breakfast except Idli and Dosa 🙂

    I tried out the Oats Idli. I’m not sure where i went wrong but even after cooking for 15 minutes the idlis were a bit raw on the top. Nevertheless it tasted great and we enjoyed it 🙂 May be i’l get it right the next time.


  3. Your website is really great. Please keep posting break fast and curries. Iam a south Indian.

    Can you pls suggest how to prepare curd without soar & make solid texture.

    My curd always soar and semi solid.


    • Hi Lata,
      Whenever the milk is not boiled properly, yogurt will not turn out solid. It also depends on what milk you are using. If you are using fat free milk, it will never be solid. 2% milk is ok. Whole milk yogurt will come out very tasty and it wont become sour most of the times. Also the temperature of the room or where ever putting the yogurt for culturing (OVen, microwave etc)
      The culture that we add to the milk should be not more than a half teaspoon (or even less) for sweeter yogurt.
      I hope this helps.

  4. We had Oats Idlis for dinner yesterday.Thank you Hema, for this lovely recipe.
    Will be slowly trying out all your other recipes soon.

  5. Thanks Hema mam 🙂 was searching for a simple oats recieipy of oats. ur oats idly reciepy looks simple,quick and healty. Today itself i will try 🙂

  6. I tried out your oats idly recipe for dinner tonight.It was absolutely yummy!!!!!!!!.The ingredients and the method suggested by you were just perfect! Thanks for the lovely treat……:)

    We are looking forward to more such healthy and tasty recipes in the near future.

  7. Hi,

    Your receipes are simple and good. Keep posting on like this and also for the people who likes to avoid rice.

  8. Hai Hemaji…..
    Thank you for your wonderful Oats Idli recipe. My father in law was bored with oats kheer. Now he is also happy with this Oats Idli. Thank you so much.

  9. Hello Hema ji..
    this recipe looks so tasty. Want to try asap. I was wondering how many idlis can be made with these measures.
    thanks for the good recipe!

  10. very good recipe for old people especially for diabetic people since most of them avoid rice taking and so this recipe comes in place at a very proper time of age. suggestion instead of Urad dal etc. we can try soybean.
    soybean is just like urad dal placed 12 hrs earlier in water and later make paste in the mixer grinder and then mix it with oats and keep for 3-4 hrs with little methi grain to get the dough ready for cooking idli.

  11. Recipe of idli by oats is very good. To those who suffer from gastric troubles on taking rice urad dal idli, this alternative can possibly help. One can also try to develop preparing idli from soya bean. If idli are prepared from soya bean this helps to those who suffers from osteoporosis.

  12. I loved the innovation with a simple, yet healthy ingredient like Oats… I loved the recipe… and will be looking for much more exciting recipes in the near future….




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