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Oats Idly (steamed Oaten cake) July 9, 2007

Posted by live2cook in Breakfast.

Thanks to USDA and other health organizations, we all know the importance of including multi grains in our daily diet. Oats, being one among the Grains family, heart friendly and easily available in our nearby groceries, found a place in my weekly menu.

With picky eaters aboard, it was not easy for me to introduce oats in our diet. I tried multiple ways and “Oats Idly” is one among them. Since cooked oats have a bland taste, we have to over power the recipe with other ingredients.


1 cup Old fashioned Oats (We can use Steel cut oats. But because of its high price, I used Old Fashioned Oats)
1 cup Water
1/4 cup Toor Dal
1/4 cup Chana Dal
1/4 cup Urad Dal
2-3 Dried Red chillies
1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
1/2 teaspoon Black pepper corns
1 pinch Asafetida
Few Curry Leaves
3 teaspoons Salt
2 teaspoons Oil


1. Soak the Dals for 2 hours. Grind to a paste along with Red chillies and salt.
2. In a heavy bottomed pan, heat the oil and add the Cumin and Pepper corns. When they turn color, add the Asafetida and Curry leaves.
3. Add the 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Add the ground paste and stir well.
4. Continue to bring to a boil with frequent stirring.
5. Add the old fashioned oats slowly while stirring continuously.
6. Stir until the oats absorbs 3/4 of the water and the mixture resembles a paste.
7. Grease Idly molds or small cups and spoon the mixture.
8. Steam for 5 minutes and allow to cool for few minutes.
9. Ease from the mold and serve hot.

Oats Idly (steamed Oaten cake)

This is my entry for Nandhitha’s Weekend Breakfast Blogging event hosted by Madhuli.



1. madhuli - July 9, 2007

That’s a very interesting fusion idli and I never thought you could make idlis with Oats!
Thank you. I haven’t received your mail yet. If you don’t mind can you please also send the mail at :m.foodcourt@gmail.com (I am facing some problem with the new E-mail ID-Asha of Foodies Hope had a similar problem with that ID) Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for such a wonderful entry.

2. Raaga - July 9, 2007

looks very interesting šŸ™‚

3. madhuli - July 9, 2007

hey I posted a comment here..now I can’t see it???

4. trupti - July 9, 2007

my, what a healthy way to use oats!


5. archana - July 9, 2007

I liked your recipe. The idlis are looking spongy and soft šŸ™‚

6. Deepa - July 9, 2007

very healthy meal and a breakfast too ….must hvae tasted different

7. Asha - July 9, 2007

That’s way to go to hide the bland Oats and get fussy eaters to eat Oats!:))
Looks like a great recipe.Thanks for the idea.I made Parathas with that.

8. Usha - July 9, 2007

Very innovative recipe! great entry for the event!

9. Suganya - July 9, 2007

I am quite curious. How was the texture? Was it soft like a malligai poo šŸ™‚

10. prema - July 9, 2007

Oats Idly is definely new to me … With all the dals it sounds healthy too.

11. Roopa - July 10, 2007

HMM Nice way to use oats in iddili

12. live2cook - July 14, 2007

Hi Madhuli, Raaga, Trupti, Archana, Deepa, Asha, Usha, Suganya, Prema, Roopa,

Thank you.

Hi Suganya,

The Idly had the texture of Dokla and was not hard at all. šŸ™‚

13. WBB#13 Oats- Roundup « My Foodcourt - July 31, 2007

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14. Suma - February 25, 2010

Hi..Very nice recipe.But I have a doubt.Are rolled oats and old fashioned oats same?If not can we use rolled oats instead of old fashioned oats?Please let me know,I want to try the recipe.

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