Oats Idli Recipe

Oats Idli Recipe

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Ah, the comforting aroma of steaming idlis filling the kitchen – it instantly transports me back to my childhood. It was during one of our family trips to South India that I first discovered Oats Idli. As we sat down for breakfast in a quaint little eatery, I was intrigued by the unique twist to the traditional idli. The subtle nuttiness of oats combined with the soft, fluffy texture of idlis left a lasting impression on me. Since then, Oats Idli has been a cherished recipe in my repertoire, offering a healthy and delicious alternative to the classic version.




Oats Idli With Peanuts Chutney Recipe




For Oats Idli:

  • 1 bowl Oats
  • ½ cup Suji (Semolina)
  • ½ cup Curd (Yogurt)
  • ½ tbsp Salt
  • Water (as required)
  • ½ cup Green Peas
  • ½ cup Grated Carrot
  • 1 tbsp Chopped Green Chilli
  • ½ tbsp Chopped Ginger
  • 1 tbsp Coriander (Chopped)
  • 1 tbsp Fruit Salt
  • Ghee (for greasing)

For Peanut Chutney:

  • ½ cup Peanuts
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Jeera (Cumin Seeds)
  • 2 tbsp Urad Dal (Split Black Gram)
  • 2 Dry Red Chillies
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 4-5 Garlic Cloves
  • ¼ cup Sliced Onion
  • ½ tsp Hing (Asafoetida)
  • ½ tbsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 6-7 Curry Leaves
  • Water (as required)
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind (Imli)

For Tadka:

  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • ½ tbsp Mustard Seeds
  • 9-10 Curry Leaves





For Peanut Chutney:

  1. Heat oil in a pan, add jeera and urad dal, and sauté until golden brown.
  2. Add dry red chilies, green chilies, garlic, sliced onions, and hing. Sauté until onions turn translucent.
  3. Add red chilli powder, salt, and curry leaves. Mix well.
  4. Add peanuts, water, and tamarind. Simmer until peanuts are cooked.
  5. Let it cool, then grind into a smooth paste.
  6. Heat ghee in a pan, add mustard seeds and curry leaves. Pour over the chutney and mix.


For Oats Idli:

  1. Dry roast oats for a minute, then crush into a fine powder.
  2. In a bowl, mix crushed oats, suji, curd, and salt. Add water to make a batter.
  3. Let it rest for 15-20 minutes, then add green peas, grated carrot, chopped green chili, ginger, coriander, and fruit salt. Mix well.
  4. Heat ghee in a pan, add mustard seeds and curry leaves. Pour over the batter and mix.
  5. Grease idli moulds with ghee, pour the batter, and steam for 8-10 minutes.
  6. Serve hot with peanut chutney.


Chef Ajay Chopra's Oats Idli With Peanuts Chutney offers a delicious and nutritious twist to classic South Indian cuisine. Enjoy the wholesome goodness of oats in idli form paired with the flavorful and crunchy peanuts chutney. With Chef Ajay Chopra's expert guidance, you can elevate your breakfast game with this healthier yet satisfying meal option.




About the Recipe:


Oats Idli is a nutritious variation of the traditional South Indian idli, where rolled oats are ground into a fine powder and combined with other ingredients like semolina, yogurt, and spices to make a batter. This batter is then steamed to perfection to create soft and fluffy idlis that are not only wholesome but also incredibly satisfying.



Cooking Tips:


  1. Use rolled oats to make Oats Idli batter for the best texture and flavor.
  2. Allow the batter to ferment for at least 6-8 hours or overnight to ensure soft and fluffy idlis.
  3. Add grated carrots, chopped spinach, or other vegetables to the batter for extra nutrition and flavor.
  4. Steam the idlis in a greased idli mould or in small bowls lined with muslin cloth for uniform shape and easy removal.
  5. Serve Oats Idli with coconut chutney, sambar, or any other accompaniment of your choice for a complete meal.



Pairing Guide:


Oats Idli pairs well with a variety of side dishes such as coconut chutney, tomato chutney, mint chutney, sambar, or even a simple tempering of mustard seeds and curry leaves.




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Oats Idli:


  1. Are Oats Idli healthy? Yes, Oats Idli is considered healthy as it is made with rolled oats, which are rich in fiber and nutrients.

  2. Can I use instant oats to make Oats Idli? While instant oats can be used, rolled oats are preferred for better texture and flavor.

  3. How do I grind oats for Oats Idli batter? Grind rolled oats into a fine powder using a blender or mixer grinder to make Oats Idli batter.

  4. Can I make Oats Idli without fermenting the batter? Yes, you can make instant Oats Idli by adding fruit salt (eno) to the batter instead of fermenting it.

  5. Can I make Oats Idli without rice? Yes, Oats Idli can be made without rice by using a combination of rolled oats, semolina (sooji), and yogurt.

  6. How long should I steam Oats Idli? Steam Oats Idli for about 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  7. Can I make Oats Idli in a microwave? Yes, you can make Oats Idli in a microwave by steaming it in microwave-safe idli moulds for about 3-4 minutes.

  8. Can I add vegetables to Oats Idli batter? Yes, you can add grated carrots, chopped spinach, or other vegetables to Oats Idli batter for added nutrition and flavor.

  9. Is Oats Idli gluten-free? Oats Idli can be made gluten-free by using gluten-free rolled oats and ensuring that all other ingredients are gluten-free.

  10. What should I serve with Oats Idli? Oats Idli can be served with coconut chutney, tomato chutney, sambar, or any other side dish of your choice.