Friday, March 19, 2010

Idli made healthier!

I read somewhere that idli is one of the top ten healthy breakfasts in the world. I decided to make it healthier by replacing a part of the rice with oats and after few experiments i found out that 1/3rd of rice replaced with oats produces almost the same result. You can taste the oats and if you dont like oats you may not like this. It is soft and fluffy, but regular idlis are fluffier and whiter. That's something i can live with :)

Ingredients :
Parboiled rice (Idli rice) - 2 cups
Urad daal - 1 cup
Methi seeds 1 spoon
Salt to taste
Water
Oats - 1 cup



Method :
Soak Rice and urad daal + methi separately for 6-8 hours. Just 15 minutes before grinding it, soak the oats in just enough water to cover it. Grind the urad daal + methi first till you get a fluffy batter. Remove it from the grinder / mixer. Add rice and the soaked oats and add enough water and grind it well. Mix this with urad daal batter and add salt and mix well. The batter should not be too thin. It should be little thick. Let it ferment overnight.

Apply few drops of oil in the idli moulds and steam it for 15-20 mins in the idli cooker.
To check whether it is done, insert a fork. It should come out clean.
Note : Depending on the brand of rice and urad daal use the quantity may differ. Use the rice and oats in 3:1 proportion. After couple of days, you can use the same batter to make dosas and with added oats you get golden brown, crisp dosas To make dosas, add little water to the batter to make it slightly . I forgot to take pictures of the dosa.

34 comments:

Divya Vikram said...

This looks so healthy. Will try this next time I make the batter.

Indhu said...

to my eyes, they don't look too different from regular idli.. and if you can get something healthy, I am in :)

Hari Chandana said...

loved this recipe.. Looks soft n delicious.. healthy too.. :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

that's a healthy choice dear...looks soft

Rekha said...

Perfect for a health freak like me..

Aruna Manikandan said...

Nice innovative idea dear!!!!
thx for sharing :-)

sowmya's creative saga said...

yes. indeeed.it is surely a ahealthy breakfast..oats is a good addition..

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Its so yummy and healthy..have tried idli's like such...yours look super soft too..

AMA's AnythingVegetarian said...

When my MIL had an Ear surgery with Mohan Kameshwaran a very famous ENT surgeon ,he commented You guys in America eat bread,cereal for BF but U never realise Indian BF like Idly,dosa are very healthy and provides the large amount of protein.Your texture looks perfect Vibaa

Priya said...

Absolutely healthy..nice way to enjoy oats..

Cham said...

That is a better way to incorporate oats ! Good one!

Srimathi said...

Addition of oats for making idli is something new. Nice recipe.

Gita said...

Vibaa I am bookmarking this one dear...very healthy one :)

Vidhya said...

Yummy Vidya. I am bookmarking this recipe...

Ms.Chitchat said...

Very healthy recipe. Would add oats the next time I make idlis.

Parita said...

With oats too these ones look so soft!

Rachana Kothari said...

This looks so healthy and yummy:)

Akal's Saappadu said...

idlis with combination of oats is an excellent idea dear!!! nice fluffy idlis, I can eat them any time!!!

J said...

very healthy.. first time here.. loved ur space

Veggie Belly said...

wow, very unique indeed! i didnt think it would be possible to make idli any healthier! brilliant!

Soma Pradhan said...

This is indeed very healthy

Padhu said...

This is so healthy !! Sure to try this.

PranisKitchen said...

the addition of oats really a helthier version oof idlis..
good one..
new here..lovely blog u have.do visit my blog when time permits.

rekhas kitchen said...

Yes I agree with u idli itself is ahelthy break fast you made it more healthy good job dear

SOS said...

Hi vidhya.. after a long visiting your blog. your idli looks healthy and good. will try this combo soon.

Dipika said...

Good innovation...Idli with oats sounds healthy ... thank u for posting this recipe :)

Shabs.. said...

Hi vibaas....how are u dear....hope everything is well on ur side....just dropped in to say hello...dint stop here for long time now....loved thenew look of ur blog and the colours....

Oh, nice idli, btw....i dono how to make idly, can u imagine...ssshhhhh.....I know its a shame, but i really dono..:)

Love,
SHabs.

Jay said...

Hy Vibaas,
Chanced upon your blog while blog hopping...lovely space your have..Am your new follower now...:)
Do drop in at my space sometime.

Sayali said...

lovely blog Vibha...Good to know about you

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Oh thats a nice healthier twist dear, should try this next time:)

callmeasviju said...

very nice blog............plz visit my blog if time permits.......http://lets-cook-something.blogspot.com/

Sanjeeta kk said...

lovely and healthy looking Idlies. nice to be here. following you to keep in touch. Best wishes.

Aparna said...

Oats in idli is a great idea. I must try it.

side dish recipes said...

I need side dish recipes for idly pls suggest me.

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