Monday, December 30, 2013

Instant Multigrain Idli

Instant Idli recipe using wheat rawa, corn meal, oatmeal & ragi flour.

Here is a picture of the semolina, wheat rawa & corn meal.

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins for each batch
Serves: Makes around 30-34 idlis

Wheat rawa: 3/4 cup
Corn meal: 3/4 cup
Oatmeal: 3/4 cup (instant or quick cooking)
Ragi flour: 1/2 cup
Finely chopped dill: 1/2 cup
Frozen corn kernels: 1/4 cup
Plain yogurt/curd: 1.5 cups
Water: About 2 cups, divided use
Oil: 2 tsp
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
Channa dal | Gram dal | Kadalebele : 2 tsp
Curry leaves: 4-6 nos, torn
Salt: As needed
Baking soda: 1 tsp

Heat oil in a sauce pan. When oil is hot, throw in the mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds splatter, add the channa dal. When dal turns golden brown, add the curry leaves & let the leaves wilt.
When leaves wilt, pour in the wheat rawa, and corn meal. Roast the corn meal & rawa for about 3-4 mins on medium heat.
Add the oatmeal & roast again for couple of more mins.

Turn off the heat & let it cool completely.
Meantime, add about 1 cup of water to the yogurt & whisk it.
Once cool, add the ragi flour & mix it. Pour in the whisked yogurt, thawed corn kernels, dill leaves, salt & mix well. If needed, add 1/4-1/2 cup more water & mix.

Let the batter rest for atleast an hour.
Just before making the idlis, add the baking soda & mix. If needed, adjust the consistency of the batter (refer notes).
Grease the idli plates & pour about 2-3 tbsp of batter on each mould. Steam the idlis for about 15 mins.
Let the idlis cool for a couple of minutes. Scoop the idlis & serve it hot with chutney or any other side dish.

(PS: Pardon the picture. Will try for better pics next time!)


  • If you do not like ragi, you could totally skip it. 
  • The cornmeal, oats & the wheat rawa absorbs the moisture & batter becomes hard. So, do add about 1/4 -1/2 cup of water to the batter & adjust the consistency.
  • You could replace dill leaves with coriander leaves. 
  • Use the above ingredients as a reference & modify it according to your preferences. 

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