Monday, March 25, 2013



Whenever I see people dash off to work in the mornings, I often wonder what they had for breakfast. At times, they are still munching something as they wait for their cab or bus, or are nibbling at something during the commute. Often I hear of people skipping breakfast and grabbing a juice to get by. We were told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You can skip your lunch if you have to, you can have a light dinner too, but you can't afford to skip your breakfast!

Oats idlis is adapted from a recipe in cookery expert Nita Mehta's "Tasty & Nutritious Oats Cook Book. " This breakfast dish is nutritious, healthy and can be made quickly. I find that as people become more health conscious, they are incorporating more of oats in their diets. This is definitely a good trend which needs to be encouraged. This was virtually not there when I started cooking years ago.

In case you don't like black pepper, you can make and use a paste of ginger and green chillies in the batter.

I have used the store bought regular Quaker Oats we use at home, but feel free to use any oats of your choice. 

Here we go, with a breakfast that will give you a great start to the day!

For the Oats Idlis:

  • Regular Quaker Oats, 1 cup
  • Medium Rava ( Semolina )  1 cup
  • Curds 2 cups
  • Crushed Black Pepper 1/2 tsp OR A paste made of Ginger, 1/2 " piece and Green Chillies, 2-3 or as per taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • Eno Fruit Salt, 2 tsp

In a mixer, grind the oats to a powder.
Take a large bowl and mix the powdered oats, rava, curds, black pepper and salt.
Add enough water to make this to a thick batter of pouring consistency.
Keep the batter aside for 5 minutes.
Add Eno fruit salt to the batter and mix well
Grease the idli stand and pour the batter
Steam the idlis for 10-12 minutes on medium flame
Demould the idlis carefully
Serve hot with chutney of your choice.
I have served the oats idlis today with Coconut Chutney (recipe given below)

For The Coconut Chutney:

Coconut Gratings, 1 cup ( preferably use fresh coconut)
Roasted Red Chillies, 3 or as per your requirement
Garlic, 1-2 cloves
Fried Gram, 1 tbsp
Tamarind, a pellet sized piece
Salt, to taste

In a blender, grind the above ingredients with water to make the chutney.
By varying the amount of water added, you can get chutney of the consistency you require.

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