Breakfast, Idli, Plant Based Dishes

Poha Idli

This is a healthy, easy to make dish that I got from Tarla Dalal’s recipe here that I had bookmarked some months ago. As we are hardcore Idli lovers (over 14+ varietieson the blog), I was first amazed to see that poha was used in Idlis too (as we generally use it in Set dosaetc). But trust me, this reduced the Urad dal dependance a lot, as also was light and fluffy. I slightly tweaked the recipe by adding 3 handfuls of rolled Oats too, and the taste was very very similar to the normal Idlis that we make with rice and Urad dal.

This is also great for weight watchers as the rice quantity is greatly reduced, and diabetics also can have 2 – 3 of this for their normal breakfast as Oats reduces the glycemic content quite sharply.


I served this withGinger Peanut chutney and Kakarakaya podi (Bittergourd spice powder), but you can serve it with coconut chutney / Carrot Garlic Chutney or evenIdli Molagapudi.

Only caution to exercise is to soak all the ingredients with as minimum water as possible to get a smooth, lovely batter.



Prep time : 20 mins (apart from soaking and fermenting time).

Makes : Approx 18-20 medium sized idlis


  • Homemade Idli Rawa – 2 cups
  • Urad Dal – 1/4 cup
  • Poha / flattened rice – 1/2 cup
  • Rolled Oats – 3 to 4 handfuls
  • Salt – to taste


1) Soak the Idli rawa + Oats in a bowl. Soak Urad dal + methi seeds in another, and Poha in a third bowl.As indicated earlier in this post, please use very minimal water. 

2) Grind the Urad dal first to a smooth batter

3) Then grind the rawa and Poha along with the Oats.

4) Mix these batters, add salt and ferment for 12 – 14 hours (preferably overnight)

5) In the morning, grease the Idli moulds slightly. Pour the batter into these moulds and steam for 12-13 mins for healthy nutritious Idlis ! 

6) Serve hot with Chutney or Sambhar




  1. Hari Chandana P

    Wowww… looks super soft and tempting.. awesome pictures too.. Yummy 🙂
    Indian Cuisine

  2. Lifewithspices

    super soft idlis..

  3. Priya Suresh

    Spongy idlis looks fabulous..

  4. Padhu Sankar

    Wow Looks super soft and delicious

  5. munchmunchcrunchcrunch

    nice and fluffy…addition of oats makes it more healthier…

  6. Look super soft and tasty.

  7. wow, idlis with poha, sound superb and they look so soft too 🙂

  8. Super like them…

  9. I shall definitely give these idlis a try..they look wonderful and fluffy!

  10. They look wonderful n fluffy…definitely gve a try..

  11. lovely post…I have bookmarked it…

  12. Interesting ingredients…like the variety and healthy aspect of it…Idli looks nice and soft!!

  13. Looks very soft. And healthy too.

  14. Wonderful idea 🙂 A change from the usual idli and it is healthier with the addition of oats 🙂 Thanks for posting!!! 🙂

  15. hi
    hv been checking ur blog for sometime now not knowing am paired up with u for the on-coming weeks blog hop! So, tonite…after a thorough chking of all ur yummy recipes, I hv zeroed down on this for the blog hop! will share the outcome on wednesday! Did you make any from my blog…for the blog hop 2 weeks back!

  16. cookingwithsapana

    Poha in idli sounds very interesting, how fluffy and soft those idlis are looking.

  17. mildly indian

    Fluffy fluffy idilies here, Kalyani
    I can imagine how amazing they will be in the morning for breakfast.

  18. Lovely idlis with poha, ideal for weight watchers too. Idlis look so soft.

  19. cookwithrenu

    The idlis looks super soft. I have never made with poha but looks like a must try.

  20. Poonam Bachhav

    I make idlis using idli rava often but never added oats to it. Your idlis look so soft and fluffy. Would love to try them out soon.

  21. Mayuri Patel

    Idils look so soft and interesting that you can add poha to the batter. With also oats added, these idlis are perfect for breakfast.

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