Oats are good for you. Let's just accept that. But one could get tired of eating oats only as a porridgy thing. I needed to find ways to incorporate oats in our meals without getting bored of it. Tried oats dosa - did not like it. Tried it instead of rice with rasam and yogurt. Meh. Rasam was alright, but didn't care for it with sambar or yogurt. Tried idlis. And...we had a winner! Technically, this is oats rava idli as I add a litlte bit of rava (1 part rava to 3 parts oats so there's definitely more oats). This is a quick recipe, and with the right chutney/podi, will definitely satisfy your idli craving as well - and there's no need to soak, grind, ferment, etc. On to the recipe now!
1.5cupsquick cooking rolled oatsSteel cut oats didn't work too well for this recipe, stick to unsweetened quick cooking/rolled oats
1/2cuprava/cream of wheatUse whatever rava you use for making upma
1tbspchana dal/urad daleither or both work great
2 cupsplain yogurt/buttermilkA mix of leftover idli/dosa batter and yogurt also works great
waterenoughto dilute the yogurt/buttermilk
Grate carrots into not too fine pieces (use the biggest hole in your grater). Chop green chilies, cilantro. Gather all other ingredients.
Heat oil in a big pan, when hot, pop the mustard seeds, and brown the chana/urad dal
Add the oats, and the rava and fry until aromatic and warmed
Add the carrots, chilies and fry together
Turn the heat off, add the cilantro
If using yogurt, whisk it into a smooth liquid and add to the oats/rava/vegetable mix. If using buttermilk, add it directly. At this point you can also add a couple of ladles of leftover idli/dosa batter if you have any lying around. I don't always have it on hand, and just do with yogurt.
Add enough water to make an idli-consistency batter - not too thick, or thin but a pourable batter. Add the salt.
Grease 3 idli plates and pour the batter into the dips
Steam for 15 minutes, serve with your favorite chutney, podi, or sambar
These idlis are mildly tangy from the yogurt/buttermilk/idli/dosa batter. They are light and healthy, not to mention satisfying. Of all the savory oats recipes, this is my favorite. The fact that it can be ready in as litle as under an hour makes it very attractive as well!