Oats being such a versatile cereal, its no wonder that we at home have it for breakfast almost daily. Though the kids are quite happy to have a sweetened porridge for their breakfast both Hubby and I are not that quite comfortable with it as both of us prefer spicy food. This idli finds its way almost at least thrice a week in our menu and all at home are quite happy to eat it whether I serve it for breakfast or for dinner.
Initially when I started to cook oats and served it to the kids, I was quite skeptical whether they would like it or not. But I need not have worried as they took it like duck to water. With a Husband at home who would eat idlis without complaining when served all the three times in a day, this is my fall back recipe if I run out of idli / dosa batter.
Oats Idli / Instant Oats Idli
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 4 – 5
- Quick cooking Oats – 1/2 cup
- Semolina / Rava / Cream of wheat – 1/4 cup
- Curd / yogurt – 1/4 cup
- Water – 1/4 cup
- Salt – to taste
- Fruit salt / baking soda – 1/4 tsp
- Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
- Urad dal – 1/4 tsp
- channa dal – 1/4 tsp
- Asafetida – 2 pinch
- Green chillies – 1 tsp
- Grated carrot – 3 tbsp
- Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp
- Oil – 1 tsp
Heat a pan and dry roast the quick cooking oats for 2-3 mins over medium flame till you get a good aroma. Take off fire and let it cool down. Powder in a mixer jar and keep aside.
Heat the same pan with oil. Add mustard seeds, when they splutter, add urad dal, channa dal, asafetida and roast till they become golden color. Now add the grated carrots, green chillies and finely chopped coriander leaves. Saute for 1/2 a minute. Add the rava and roast till all are combined well for 1 more minute. Take off fire. Add the powdered oats, salt and mix well.
To this mixture add whisked curd and mix well. Let it be for 2 minutes. Meanwhile grease an idli mould with oil and keep it ready. Now add baking baking soda and enough water and mix well to a dropping consistency.
Fill the idli moulds with the batter. Steam for 10-15 minutes or till a skewer inserted comes out clean. Take off fire and let it cool for a minute. Run a blunt knife around the edges to take the idlis off the mould. It will come off easily.
You do not have to use the idli moulds at all. Instead use any small cups, silicone muffin cups, small individual tart pans to steam the batter and no kid could refuse these spongy, fluffy idlis. These make such a filling breakfast that is sure to keep the hunger pangs at bay till the lunch time.
Do not leave out the baking / cooking soda as it make sure that the idlis are spongy and fluffy.
You can also use any vegetable of your choice like cabbage or cooked peas.
You need not have to use the entire quantity of water and if in case the batter appears to be watery, let it rest for a few minutes as the oats and rava will absorb the excess water.
Instead of rava you can also use wheat rava.
For more richness add finely chopped cashew nuts and use ghee instead of oil for an added flavor while making this for the kids.