I am constantly on the lookout for healthy, whole grain options for breakfast. Thats when I saw this post by Umm Mymoonah and thought it was a great idea to use quinoa in instant idlis. So wasting no time I made these idlis for breakfast the very next day and it was a super hit with the kids as well. I made two batches of idlis with the batter and the second batch (which was made after 10 hrs) tasted much better than the first. It sounded logical to me as the second batch soaked up lot of yogurt and turned out very fluffy and soft too. So I guess a better idea would be to make the batter much ahead for better results. But then they wouldn't be instant idlis, would they??? Anyway the choice it yours..Try these healthy idlis and decide for yourself..
Quinoa 1 cup
Rolled oats 1 cup
Rava/Sooji/Semolina 1/2 cup
Fresh yogurt/curd 3 - 4 cups
Coriander leaves- 2 tbsp chopped finely (Optional)
Baking Soda- 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Seasoning(Oil 2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Urad dal 1/2 tsp, Channa dal- 1/2 tsp, Green chilli 2 chopped finely)
Ragi Flour, Fine Wheat Rava etc can be added in too to make it a little more healthy.
Lots of veggies can be finely chopped and sauteed in the seasoning like in Instant Rava Idli.
Method Of Preparation -
Roast quinoa , Sooji and Rolled oats separately until they turn light brown.
Coarse grind quinoa and oats.
In a heated sauce pan, add oil and the rest of the seasoning. Fry till the dals are light brown.
In a mixing bowl, add the coarsely ground quinoa and oats, sooji, salt, the seasoning, soda and mix well.
Whisk the yogurt with a about 1/4 cup of water to make it smooth.
To the quinoa mixture add the whisked yogurt and gently mix without any lumps. Make it in the consistency of idli batter. Let it soak for about 10-15 min. (The longer the better, but the yogurt would get soaked up. So keep some extra yogurt handy to add in just in case!)
Spray a little oil on the idli moulds and pour the batter into them and steam for about 10-15 min. Leave it for about 5 min to settle down and serve.
Enjoy with peanut chutney and/or sambar.
Sending these healthy and delicious idlis to 'Bookmarked Recipes' Event hosted by Aipi and Priya Mitharwal and also to Umm Mymoonah's 'Anyone can cook'.
Preparation Time 30 min
Makes 16-18 idls