Breakfast, Idli

Instant Masala Beans Idli | Healthy Breakfast Ideas

After yesterday’s Thinai Uttapam (foxtail millet Veg Crepes), we have an Instant Masala Idli with veggies. As kids grow (and therefore their IQ grows!! Grrrrrrr), it becomes increasingly difficult to make them eat veggies that they were once fond of ! yes, Tikkis / Cutlets / Kebabs are easy options to sneak in veggies but at breakfast too, we need to provide some fibre for kids.

So I converted kiddo friendly Rava Idli to this Masala Idli – this is made with no fermentation and makes for an interesting and different lunch box snack too (my kids hate Cold Idli or Dosa, so this is always made for breakfast).


Instant Masala Beans Idli – a steamed savoury breakfast 

Cuisine : South Indian

Course : Breakfast

Served with : Coriander Coconut Chutney

Prep time : 10 mins ; cook time : 10 mins ; makes : 6-8 Idlis


  • Roasted Rava / Sooji / Semolina – 1 cup (200 ml)
  • Oil – 3 tsp
  • French beans – 1/4 cup (chopped fine)
  • Jeera powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Tempering: Mustard seeds, Asafoetida, Ginger, Urad dal (split black gram)
  • Eno / fruit salt – 1 tsp
  • Thick Yoghurt – 1 cup
  • Salt – to taste


  1. Par boil the beans with a pinch of salt and sugar . Drain all the water, saute in 1 tsp of oil , add the jeera and crushed black pepper and saute well. Cool and keep aside.
  2. In a bowl, add roasted rava, yoghurt , salt and mix well. Make the tempering with the remaining oil and tempering ingredients, add to the sooji – yoghurt mixture. Beat well.
  3. Keep a steamer ready with a lot of water, and grease the Idli Moulds. Add the fruit salt and immediately add the sauteed french beans and mix well.
  4. Immediately pour to the greased moulds, Steam for 10-12 mins in high heat. 
  5. Once done, keep aside for 1-2 mins, unmould and serve hot with Coriander Coconut Chutney

Lets see what other BMers are dishing out forBM #67




  1. that is something new kalyani 🙂 looks so gud and am sure it must taste delicious as well..I loved how you topped the beans on rava idli..


    Rava idlis with veggies are a hit among my family and friends, but never made with french beans …must be delicious 🙂

  3. Rava idli cannot go wrong with any combination of vegetables 🙂

  4. Priya Suresh

    Excellent masala beans idli, wonderful way to feed beans to kids.

  5. Good idea of adding some veggies to the idlis. Looks super tasty and healthy

  6. preethi'scuisine

    Fabulous idea to use masala beans in idli. I am sure my boys will love it too. Awesome Kalyani.

  7. preethi'scuisine

    Fantastic idea to use masala beans in idli. I am sure my boys will love it . Awesome Kalyani.

  8. Give Me Some Spice

    What a new way to serve idlis. Love this healthy version. I always thought idlis were complicated to make but you are making them sound easy.

  9. This is great Kalyani sneaking in veggies makes the idlis taste different too. Love it.

  10. Interesting one, I must try adding beans. I have never done that, though I do add grated carrot.

  11. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    Love those green specks on top the idly, great variation to the normal rava idly!!!

  12. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    I would have never thought of adding green beans to idli Kalyani! They look so cute in the idlis and this is a great recipe to make for kids.

  13. Mayuri Patel

    That's a good idea to add some veggies to instant idli.. a good way to get kids to enjoy more vegetables.

  14. I like the addition of healthy beans to Instant Idli batter.. makes it more nutritious .. healthy start of the day..

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