Oats Idli Recipe : Low Carb Instant Breakfast!

If you are intending to make a healthy yet tasty breakfast from the nutritious Oats, then check here for the simple Oats Idli Recipe. It is the delicious dish having the fusion of oats with popular Idli from South Indian Cuisine. There are various health benefits of eating Oats, they are incredibly hearty if you have them for breakfast. This protein packed oats Idli with mixed vegetable is tummy filling snack or meal for any heavy day. The soft, spongy, delicate and fluffy Idli can be our staple for brunch particularly on ends of the week. It is simple and easy to make this recipe of low on carbs Idli which fits well for tiffin options of your kids and is an ideal choice for calorie conscious individuals as well.

Oats Idli

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  • Recipe Category: South Indian Dish
  • Cuisine: Indian

Description: If you are intending to make a healthy yet tasty breakfast from the nutritious Oats, then check here for the Oats Idli Recipe. Make the wholesome meal!

Oats Idli Recipe

Ingredients for Oats Idli Recipe:

  • Rolling Oats – 2 cups
  • Rava/ Semolina – 1 cup
  • Curd/ Dahi – ½ cup
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Eno – 2 tsp.
  • Chopped Veggies: Carrot, Cabbage Peas, French Beans – ½ cup
  • Salt – as per taste

Note: You can also the quick cooking oats which are available in the market.

You may use any yogurt such as cashew or almond yogurt.

If you do not have fresh curd at home, then you can use ½ tsp. of lime juice. Though I suggest using curd as its tastes better than lemon juice. Also, instead of ENO, the ½ tsp. of baking soda can be used.

Also, the alternate of rava can be the Idli rava (You can also make Idli from the Idli Rava). But, if you are refraining from eating the refined flours then go with the whole wheat flour.

For the preparation of batter, you can substitute buttermilk for the water.

For Tempering:

  • Mustard Seeds/ Rai – 1 tsp.
  • Cumin Seeds/ Jeera – 1 tsp.
  • Oil – 2 tbsp.
  • Curry Leaves – 8 to 9 leaves
  • Chopped Coriander leaves – 3 tsp.
  • Finely Chopped Green Chili – 1 Chili

Note: You can add lentils such as Urad Dal and Chana Dal in your tempering. For the extra flavors, you may sprinkle a pinch of Haldi along with crushed ginger. But if you are making your Jain relatives, then do not add Ginger. The above-mentioned tempering for the Oats Idli Recipe is ginger-free. Using the grated coconut gives the dusty texture and the chopped cashews will give the creamy taste.

A method for Oats Idli Recipe:


  • Rolled oats are larger in size compared to the instant oats, so they take more to cook. As their longer lengths consume time, it is advisable that you chop the rolled oats up in your food processor or blender so that they’re little, become smaller, more granulated and get the consistency similar to instant oats.
  • To do that, you have to take a mixture blender jar and transfer your rolled oats in it. Grind it properly to form a fine powder of it.
  • Rinse, wash and peel the carrot skin. Grate the carrot into fine thin slices.
  • Finely chop all the veggies you are using.

Note: If you are using the peas, then boil them before using.


  • Take a pan and add ½ of oil in it and heat it over the low flame.
  • Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds into the pan. Stir well.
  • Sauté them properly and wait till they crackle.
  • Now add the chopped curry leaves to this tempering.
  • Also, add chopped green chili and sauté for few seconds.
  • Then, transfer the ½ cup of semolina/ rava to this pan.
  • Sauté rava in medium heat until it becomes fragrant while stirring continuously.
  • Now add powdered oats or the refined flour of oats and sauté until it becomes fragrant.
  • Keep on stirring constantly otherwise it will be burnt. Roast the flour well for around 4 to 5 minutes.
  • If required make the flame low instead of medium.
  • Season with the salt and mix properly. Keep it aside and let it cool completely.
  • This is instant oats idli mix.
  • Now take a bowl add the mixture you just prepared along with the curd and water.
  • Mix well and see the consistency of the batter. The batter has to be like idli batter. If required add more water to get a perfect consistency.
  • At this step, mix the chopped veggies you have like grated carrot, steamed peas or finely chopped French beans. (This step is optional)
  • When you have added all the vegetables, sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves and mix well. Keep the mixture to rest for 5-8 minutes.
  • Till the time the batter is resting prepare the steamer.
  • Keep the water to boil Let the water boil in the steamer.
  • Also, with the help of brush grease the idli plate with the oil or ghee.
  • Check the taste of the batter. Again, add a pinch of salt if you feel it is required.
  • Now add ENO and mix well if you feel that batter is not soft and not fluffy.
  • Immediately give the batter a good stir to mix the eno evenly in the batter.
  • Quickly, pour the batter of oats idli in the idli mold and keep it for steaming.
  • Cover the steamer and cook on high flame for 10-12 minutes.
  • Take the idli mold out of the steamer and let it cool.
  • Gently remove the idli from the mold with the help of a spoon.

And the healthy yet delicious Oats idli is ready to eat.

Note: For the step 14, you can altogether skip the step or if you like to add only a few of the veggies. You can steam the idli in the steamer, or in the electrical cooker or the normal pressure cooker. It is advisable to use the entire idli batter in the one steaming. To check if the idlis are properly steamed, insert the toothpick and see if it comes out clean.

Additional Information:

  • Calories: 150 calories
  • Total Time: PT30M
  • Serves: 4
  • Date Published:

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Oats idli is quick to make and can be instantly cooked at home with little preparation. We have the instant batter method for the making the Oats Idli but if you want, you can also allow the batter to ferment overnight (In that case, skip adding the eno or baking soda). It is one of those recipes which you can make in a jiffy, especially when you are running late in morning. The preparation of oats idli requires to make the mixture of oats, combine it with the batter of idli, add in some chopped veggies, transfer the batter into molds and keep it on the stove for cooking. The steaming of idli can be done along with the preparation of chutney or Sambar. It may be possible that your Idli’s remain flat and do not become fluffy, but it is fine as you have not fermented the batter.

This is perfect meal dish which you can think to make anytime, any day, and anywhere when you are bored of eating oats alone. Collect the ingredients, combine the idli batter with the oats and give tweak to the taste of traditional oats. The recipe uses few handful of ingredients and idli’s can be prepared within just half an hour. The traditional or the rolling oats is the core element of this dish, whereas you would need a pinch of other spice powders and condiments for the tempering. The sprinkle of herbs such as coriander or cilantro leaves is for garnishing purpose. All the different veggies used are optional and you can mix them in batter only if you want. The fresh and boiled vegetable enrich the fiber content of dish making the Idli wholesome and healthful.


  • Total time of cooking of Oats Idli Recipe is 40 minutes
  • The measured proportion of ingredients in this recipe makes 16 idlis.
  • Urad Dal and Chana dal can be added just after adding the chili in tempering. Sauté them until brown. Then add rava.
  • This dry mixture can be refrigerated for 1 week in the refrigerator.
  • If making for toddlers avoid green chili and chop the vegetables very finely.
  • Roast the oats properly without the hesitation as it would not take away any nutritional value from them.
  • Your idli may turn out to be sticky if you are using the instant oats as they contain starch.


Serve the steamed oats idli with spicy hot Sambar and mild flavored South Indian Coconut chutney.

Garnish with:

  • Chopped Coriander Leaves
  • Chaat Masala Powder
Quick Tip:
  • You can also have it with fresh homemade tomato sauce.
  • Pair it with your evening Masala tea or with the cardamom tea.

Traditional oats or commonly known as rolled oats attain a flavorful nutty surface when they are cooked. Their fragrant aroma, alluring taste, and tempting texture make you irresistible from eating them. All the other components used have their specific reasons and are not compulsory, you can skip adding them or you may include them as per your choice. The intention of mixing curd in the batter is to make the idli soft in texture and infuse the sour taste of curd. This recipe of oats idli is an absolute saver when you wish to eat idli but do not have enough idli batter.

The rich in fiber gluten free oats are a really important ingredient which plays an integral role in maintaining good health of our body. There are various oats dishes which you can make such as Masala Oats, Oats Omelet, Oats Smoothie, Oats Khichdi and Oats Ladoo. Here is one of the interesting how to make overnight oats in a jar recipe I found amongst the many different ways of preparing delicious overnight oats recipe. Take look and check their space! You can also make baked biscuits from oats.

For all the South Indian food lovers, you may also try Masala Dosa, various types of Rasam and different varieties of Upma in your breakfast to have a kick start of the day. You can combine Oats with these foods and can prepare tasty innovative dishes of oats version having the zest of South Indian flavors in them like Oats Upma, Oats Dosa, Oats Porridge, Oats Smoothie, and Oats Chilla.

If you specifically love eating Idli and also interested in making them at home, then you may check the other idli recipes apart from Plain Idli such as Poha Idli, Ragi Idli, Thinai Idli and masala fried Idli. These scrumptious idlis are superior for health as they have gigantic protein supplements and have enormous nutrient values. Additionally, there will be no harm in over eating of the idli, may it be for the kids, adults or the old aged people. The fermented batter gives the proper chew-able surface which makes them easily digestible and effectively absorb-able.

Experiment with your boring diet and make your food fun to eat. Share this healthy recipe with your friends and family!