Quinoa and oats idly

oats idly with quinoa

Adjustment to the current phase

It is quite a difficult adjustment during this period of time. Bedrooms revamped to office settings, conference calls, headphones and chargers take over one space. While the other space, especially the dining table is turning to school. These set up when started was looking like a couple of weeks. Now, slowly we are looking at the longer duration of the same. This means that these changes have to really have to be a part of our life.
The unlearning process is going to take longer than temporary adjustments. I get up every day still feeling I have got to get those lunch boxes going. Then stop back and think, nope that’s not going to happen. After a week into the changes, there is one take away learning that I carry. It is best to get yourself into a routine. Otherwise, in no time you will lose yourself.

Setting yourself to the routine

Simple lunch recipes are quickly on my menu still. Maybe a bit different as now I don t have to quickly stuff them in the box. I still cook in the morning, by habit. I enjoy that.
This is what has changed. I get to sleep a little longer. We have a variety of active activities scheduled for the morning, like
A set of PE activities ( I hate them they love to reveal all the jiggly bits in my body)
Bushwalking weekends
A bit of yoga  and a ton more pampered cat etc

Idly to the rescue

This is dependent on the mood of the day Then get happy brekkie and log on to the school and work This is why is love idlies. A quick steam and it is unlimited meals ready.
This leaves me time to be that homeschool mum_teacher, the blogger etc. We work in little projects that,  forever,  I promised to do for a long time. God! It is so much fun to be in the teacher role again. To see that twinkle in the eyes as we work together.
In fact with that space today, I am thankful for this time that social isolation has provided. The break is from the robotic rush of a working day. To learn an unlearn with the company of your young ones and to have that “chuda chuda poo pole oats and quinoa idly”. Feels like really spoilt right now and enjoy this combination of quinoa and oats idly today.

Quinoa and oats idly

Two grains that I keep going back and forth in my pantry are the oats and the quinoa. Being diabetic friendly, I love different recipes both with oats and quinoa. With rolled oats being that quick option for the hunger pangs and quinoa taking up both Indian and continental flavours alike these grains contribute a lot to my cooking.

Here are some recipes that are on the blog with oats and quinoa

Quinoa pidi kozhakattai- steamed dumplings

South Indian zesty lemon rice or quinoa

Quinoa pegan salad bowl

Oats bagalabath 

Oatmeal bowls

Quick fix Oat banana cookie

oats idly and quinoa

Hope you have time to try out this quinoa and oats idly recipes as well.  Meanwhile, How are you taking care of yourself at this tough time? Don’t miss to be in touch. Share your joys and sorrows coz we are all in it together. Write up your thoughts in the comments and stay safe.

oats idly with quinoa

Quinoa and oats idly

Steamed breakfast
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 4 hours
Course Breakfast, Main Dish
Cuisine Autumn, Baby toddler food, diabetic friendly, gluten free, Indian, Kids choice, South indian, Spring, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 12 idlies


for the batter

  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 2 cups oats ( rolled or steel cut, not instant)
  • 1 cup Urad Dal
  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • salt to taste
  • drinking water ( to soak and grind the batter)

for steaming

  • 1 tsp Sesame oil (for greasing the mould)


  • Wash and soak the urad dal ( black gram dal, skinless) in excess of water and add the fenugreek seeds to it. Set aside for 3 hours
  • Wash and soak the quinoa and steel-cut oats together with about an inch of water above the level of the grain
  • After about three hours, the black gram dal with the fenugreek, is soaked and swollen. Remove the excess water
  • Grind this to a fine paste. Remove and set aside.
  • Now grind the soaked oats and quinoa adding just enough water to smooth it to a fine paste.
  • Mix the two batter together with salt in a large vessel ( the batter should only come up half way) and set aside to ferment.
    unfermented batter
  • Keep the batter covered and undisturbed in a cool dry place to ferment. If you are in colder zones, place the batter in the oven with the oven light on to provide the warmth for fermentation.
  • After about 4 to 6 hours the batter would have risen and fermented.
  • Mix this batter gently and it is ready to use

To steam the batter

  • Grease the idly mould, If you don't have the moulds use greased ramekins or small heat resistant bowls
  • Pour the batter half way up the mould and place in the steamer. ( the idlies will puff up while steaming.)
  • Steam for about 15 minutes and remove from heat
  • Allow the steamer to stand for 10 minutes before unmoulding the idlies. This prevents tearing of the idlies
  • Unmould and serve the idlies hot with chutney or podi of your choice
    oats idly with quinoa
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Shailender sharma
4 years ago

Two healthy ingredients making a recipe which too is considered as healthy food. What else needed. Many with very less exposure to the use of quinoa, will be benefited by your post.

4 years ago

Wow, such soft, fluffy and delicious idli made with oats and quinoa. Such a healthy, nutritious and delicious breakfast to begin any day.

Vanitha Bhat
4 years ago

Such a healthy and delicious option for breakfast! I love idlis; have not tried with quinoa (only dosas); will book mark this dear! Awesome share!

4 years ago

Loved this easy and healthy breakfast recipe Idli is one of my favorite things to eat. I can have it daily. Making it with quinoa and oats is such an interesting idea. I will try it for sure.

Lata Lala
4 years ago

With use of quinoa and oats idli becomes more healthy and nutrition dense. The idlis looks soft and fluffed up, perfect for breakfast.

Mayuri Patel
4 years ago

A healthy and unusual idli.. love how you’ve used oats and quinoa. Just wondering, do we soak both the oats and quinoa also for 3 hours? Life has definitely changed for everyone all over the world. I cannot imagine how people living in one BHK manage with kids and working from home and schooling from home. This is truly a test for all of us. How strong our minds are will determine how we come out at the other end.

Uma Srinivas
Uma Srinivas
4 years ago

what a coincidence? I made the idli today for breakfast! Such an easy and comfort food! I love oats idli it’s my one of the favorite recipe.

4 years ago

Adding oats and quinoa in the idlis is a wonderful idea. Love how soft and fluffy they look.

Padma Veeranki
4 years ago

Off late I have been trying to incorporate millets into my diet..In fact I just ground a batch of quinoa idli batter today…I add a little poha too….Idlis have turned out perfect…Yummy share !!

4 years ago

Wow that’s really such soft, fluffy and yummy idlis. I think this is great idea to use highly nutritious and protein rich ingredients into our dosa or idli batter. Lovely share!

4 years ago

Seema this looks so healthy and delicious breakfast option ! I love idli so much and will make these with quinoa…. Awesome share for sure dear 🙂

4 years ago

Addition of Oats and quinoa in making idli, become a low GI meal and that is super helpful for diabetics. Hot, fluffy and airy idlis with sambar is a dream!

Monika Nagare
Monika Nagare
1 year ago

I tried them . But they were a little dense. Any reason what went wrong? They were well fermented too. Should I have added a little water to the batter before steaming!? They were tasty though and very very filling…

Priya Srinivasan
4 months ago
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Quinoa and oats idli looks brilliant seema! I m yet to make idly/dosa with quinoa! The texture and color looks similar to our regular idly. Brilliant share!

Mayuri Patel
4 months ago
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The quinoa, oats and dal are soaking. Tomorrow will grind everything and hopefully day after we will be enjoying these rice free idlis. Keeping fingers crossed that the batter ferments as it is very cold here. Will switch on the oven light as you suggested.

Sarika Gunjal (SpiceZone)
4 months ago

Quinoa idli looks amazing. Love South Indian food to the core. Will try this for sure

4 months ago
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I make quinoa idlis but have never added oats to them. This is a perfect excuse to make some idlis this weekend with these daibetic-friendly ingredients. Thank you.

3 months ago
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I like quinoa idli coz it makes my feel full even with just 2 and keeps me satiated. bookmarking this recipe with quinoa + oats and thats a winner for sure !

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