Breakfast, Idli

Instant Oats Rava Idli | Diabetic Friendly Recipe

Idli is how our Monday mornings begin. The batter is usually made over the weekend, or if I am lucky I use up the old batter. But Monday mornings seem better and easier with Idlis (much to the annoyance of the elder kid who seems to find newer excuses to duck them!). Although there are other options like dosa / Paniyaram / Adai , I fall upon my trusted Idli batter to bail me out not just on Monday mornings, but almost always 🙂

This week @FoodieMondayBlogHop, Mayuri is hosting the theme #IdliMedley – Idlis with a difference. No Rice was allowed, although lentils and grains could be used. Apart from the ease of making Idlis, I personally love them for their oil-free, steaming process which can be given to infants and convalescents alike. And if its diabetic-friendly, then even better. 

If you are an Idli loving family like us, check out the following recipes of Idli (and Idli based dishes) on the blog:

(A) Idli Varieties:

(B) Dishes using leftover Idlis:

Today’s dish is a no-fermentation , diabetic-friendly Idli variation with Oats and Rava (sooji)  and is pretty much instant. 


Prep time – 15 mins, Steaming Time – 12~15 mins , Makes – 6 idlis

What you need:

Oats (I used Quaker) – 1 cup (use GF Oats for a GF version)

Bombay Rava / Medium Sooji – 1/2 cup

Thick slightly sour yoghurt – 1/2 cup + 2 TBSP (Sub with Cashew curd / rice curd for a vegan version)

Water – 1/2 cup + 2 tsp 

Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp

Oil – 1 TBSP + 1/2 tsp for greasing

Tempering : Mustard seeds, chopped curry leaves, urad dal, asafoetida, grated ginger 1/2 tsp

Salt – to taste

Optional add ons:

Grated carrot, peas , chopped coriander, chopped fresh methi leaves etc. 


How to:

Dry roast Oats till crisp. Cool and grind. In a pan, heat 1 TBSP oil, splutter all tempering ingredients till urad dal turns golden brown, add rava and saute on low flame till sooji turns fragrant. Cool.

Add this roasted , tempered sooji to the oats powder. Add the yoghurt, half the water, salt and baking soda. Mix well. Keep aside, closed for 15 mins. 

Meanwhile, keep the idli steamer ready, and grease the idli plates. 

Adjust the batter, adding water to get a pouring Idli batter consistency.

Take a ladleful and pour into the dimpled, greased idli plates. 

Steam for 12~15 mins till done. Cool slightly and demould.

Serve with any chutney  / Sambhar.

I have served it with Badanekayi Gojju (eggplant in tamarind, spicy gravy)  

{{Sub the Okra with brinjal in the above recipe link, rest of the process remains same}}


Did you there is a World Idli Day? Well, there is and since 2015 its been celebrated on 30th March. 

It is believed that a popular idli only caterer from Chennai, Eniyavan, made a staggering 1,328 varieties of idlis in 2015 to instate this day. A staggering 44 kg idli was also cut by a top bureaucrat to seal the deal as they say and henceforth March 30 became World Idli Day.

The FoodieMonday/Bloghop group has made a variety of Idli using different grains to replace rice.

Check out the variety and celebrate World Idli Day by trying out any of the recipes.



  1. Priya Iyer

    This is such a healthy version of idli! It looks super soft and delicious. I'll surely be trying this out pretty soon. 🙂

  2. Mayuri Patel

    I've wanted to try making oat idlis for quite a while but have not got done to it as yet. Such a healthy way to begin the day. How versatile idlis are as one can make them with any healthy grain. What is rice curd?

    • Thanks Mayuri – they are indeed healthy ! Rice Curd is vegan yoghurt made from soaked , ground rice with a little yoghurt culture added in..

  3. Sujata Roy

    Loved this easy, quick and healthy recipe. I am sure this idli taste delicious. Lovely share.

  4. Poonam Bachhav

    I like such fuss free breakfast recipes, especially for kids lunch boxes. Healthy, comforting and soulful !

  5. Loved this quick recipe with healthy ingredients.. Also I am amazed with your Idli collection.. will come back soon to check out this!! The idlis look so soft and spongy..never used the rice curd or cashew curd, interesting to know about these vegan curd options.

  6. preethi'scuisine

    Love this instant idli recipe. Serving with badnekayi gojju is sounds so good. I can have this yummy combo anytime.Interesting to know the substitutes for Vegan Version. Fabulous share.

  7. Delicious n fluffy idlis. I do agree having this batter in the fridge makes Monday bearable. I love these diabetic friendly idli. You know who will not know what hit him.

  8. Wow Kal. you have got an amzing collection of idli's. These oats idli's look so spongy. I am seeing the vegan option. Lovely

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