Oats Idli


  • Quick cooking Oats – One and half cups
  • Rawa – 1 cup
  • Curd – 2 cups
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste
  • Eno Fruit Salt (Regular) – 1/2 teaspoon
  • For seasoning:
  • Oil – 4 to 5 teaspoons
  • Mustard – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Urad dhal – 1 teaspoon
  • Bengal gram dhal – 1 teaspoon
  • Pepper and Jeera – Crushed coarsely 1 teaspoon
  • Green chillies – 2 to 3
  • Fresh ginger – a small piece chopped finely
  • Cashewnuts – few (Optional)


  1. In a thick bottomed kadai, put the oil and when it is hot add mustard, urad dhal, bengal gram dhal, pepper and jeera, green chillies and chopped ginger and fry till the dhals become light brown. Then add oats and rawa to the seasoning and fry for few seconds or till it is hot to touch (Need not fry for a long time).
  2. Cool it and add salt.
  3. Add beaten curd and soak for only 5 to ten minutes. Put the fruit salt on top of the idli batter and pour one tablespoon water on the fruit salt. Then mix well. If necessary add little water and make the batter like idli batter.
  4. Pour water in the idli cooker and bring to boil. Grease idli plate and pour the idli batter and steam cook it for 8 to 10 minutes. Make sure the water boils well before keeping the idli stand in the idli cooker.
  5. Note:Before pouring the batter in the idli plate, you can sprinkle little carrot gratings / tomato cut into small stripes in the idli plate and then pour the batter over it. You will get colourful idli. Also you can add a cup of cut vegetables like green peas, carrot, cauliflower to the batter and make vegetable idli also.
  6. If you are using whole oats, then just grind to a coarse powder like rawa and then add it.
  7. If you do not have Fruit Salt, then add a pinch of cooking soda.


  1. I too make this..healthy brkfast

  2. Madam,
    I follow ur recipes it's coming out very nice. Can I have recipe For kozhukkattai mauve
    Thanks and regards

  3. Hi Geetha,

    Thank you for your kind feed back on my recipes.

    I am reposting shortly "Kozhukattai" recipe with making the Mel Mauvu in different method.

  4. Anjali's Arusuvai

    your receipies are simply superb.Nice and colorful pictures and easy to follow receipies.I always visit ur blog for receipies.Keep up the good work.Thanks


  5. Aunty,
    I tried the Oats idli.It was good.I loved it.We have to use ordinary rawa or idli rawa?
    What chutney goes good with this dish?

    • Hi Agnes,

      Nice to see your feedback here. You can use ordinary rawa. Onion or garlic chutney goes well with this. Even you can serve it with sambar.

  6. hi kamala,
    what is eno fruit salt… do u have any substitute if v dont get it….

  7. there is no eno fruit salt available here , what to do ?

  8. Lakshmi Venkatesh

    I had oats idly in a friends house. It was nice, but I tried it myself, it was not to the mark. Your recipe looks complete. Will surely give it a try and get back to you.


  9. hi! the idlis have come out very well! Thanks for an accurate measurement!

  10. Hi. i wanted to check if I can make these Idlis without using Rava. Please reply. Thanks and Regards

  11. Hi, kamal
    Is rice rawa or sooji rawa

  12. Srividhya

    Hi Kamala,

    I tried out this recipe yesterday. It tasted good, however, the idly was little sticky.

    Can u tell me what would be the possible reason for this?

  13. by rava, do you mean idli rava or soji rava

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