Put on your fluffiest robe and coziest slippers and wake up to this Quick Vegan Oats Idli on a cold winter morning. It is incredibly delicious, nourishing and comforting. These Idlis are a combination of healthy oats, grains, and vegetables that can be made without any fuss. A nutritious way to kick start the day!

Quick vegan oats idli is a delicious, nourishing and comforting south indian dish, that can be made so quickly and enjoyed with lentil stew as known as sambar and coconut chutney.

For a well-balanced breakfast, serve these hot and steamy Oats idlis with sambar, coconut chutney or tomato and onion chutney.

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As much as we don't want to accept it - winter is here! It's bitterly cold in the morning and probably the last thing you want to have for breakfast is a cold smoothie or granola with chilled yogurt.

As much as smoothie and yogurts are healthy and delicious but surely they are not the most comforting on a cold and gloomy morning!

In the spirit of keeping things warm and comforting, breakfasts such as wholemeal toast, buckwheat or oat porridge made with skimmed milk and topped with seasonal fruits, nuts, and seeds appear on our weekly rota.

Oat porridge was a daily breakfast (courtesy of my Mum who wanted me to eat healthily) when I was going to school but I was never a fan. I always found porridge slimy and had the taste of cardboard, but nowadays thanks to the internet and foodies, there are now some delicious oat porridge recipes. Fig and Mascarpone Oat Porridge is one of my favourites!

My Mum was determined to incorporate oats as much as possible in our diet once she learned of the benefits and so she began exploring many different ways to spruce up oat dishes. One of the dishes she used to make was Quick Oats Idli, a recipe she noted down from an Indian chef's cookery program. It is no wonder that Indian chefs had to come up with some Indianised Oats recipes as Indians like spicy HOT breakfasts. That was the only way to Oats could find success in India.

Before I tell you all about Quick Oats Idli, let's see what is Idli/Idly?

Idli is a South Indian delicacy. It is a savoury steamed rice cake that is most often served at breakfast along with sambar (lentil and vegetable stew) and various type of chutneys, mostly with coconut chutney.

Traditional Idlis are made with fermented batter, which can take up to 24 hours. The Idli batter is consisting of parboiled rice and lentils (skinless urad daal) and fenugreek seeds.

Idli is slightly tangy in taste due to fermented batter and texture-wise it is soft and fluffy. According to health experts, Idli is one of the nutritious breakfast one can have and it is vegan and gluten-free.

Since life is getting busy experts have come up with an Instant version of Idlis, which can be prepared under an hour.


Steamed Oats Idli easily comes together for a quick breakfast or brunch. Quick Oats Idli is prepared with oats, semolina, yogurt, and basic spices and herbs. This quick version is instant and does not require any fermentation.

Often, grated vegetables can be added such as carrots, green peas or sweetcorn. This can be a quick snack recipe that goes well with sambar and coconut chutney.

  • Instant, vegan and straight forward recipe.
  • Suitable for everyone, just omit spices for toddlers. 
  • Easy, packed with fiber, protein and vitamins.
  • Great for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or even as a snack. 
  • Prepared with oats, semolina and vegan yogurt.  


  1. Oats - Rolled or Porridge Oats will work for this recipe, for a gluten-free recipe use gluten-free oats but omit semolina. 
  2. Semolina - Coarse semolina works best for this recipe. We have used white semolina, nowadays available in the Indian grocery store as known as Rava or Sooji.
  3. Yogurt - We have used soy yogurt. For a vegetarian recipe one can use dairy yogurt. 
  4. Vegetables and Herbs - Carrots, curry leaves, crushed green chilies and ginger and freshly chopped coriander. 
  5. Spices and Nuts - To temper the batter, you will need oil, mustard seeds, chana daal, urad daal and cashews.
  6. Leavening agent -  Fruit salt.


How is this recipe quick?

To prepare traditional Idli recipe you'll need more than 24 hours, where this can be done under 30-40 minutes.

I don't have fruit salt, what can I use instead?

Fruit salt is a combination of Bicarbonate of Soda or Baking Soda and Citric acid, take 60% soda and 40% citric acid. If you want to make 10g fruit salt, take 6g soda and 4g citric acid.

Can I add any other vegetables to Quick Vegan Oats Idlis?

Yes, you can. Green peas, sweet corn or freshly chopped spinach would work fine. You may like to add the grated courgette/Zucchini or Bottle gourd.

Can I make it without Semolina?

Yes, you can. Instead of semolina, take the same amount of Oats.

Can I use Instant Pot to make Idli?

Yes, you can. Add 1.5 cups of water in the Instant pot inner pan.
Turn on SAUTE mode and bring the water to boil.
Place the Idli stand in the pot and cook the Idlis in a STEAM mode in the venting position for 12 minutes.
Keep in mind that on Venting mode, the timer won't work so you may set your phone or another timer.

Why my Idlis are hard and sticky?

It could be that the fruit salt you have used in the recipe has not worked. The reason could be that it is out of date, or you may have used in less quantity.

Why my Idlis are turned darker in colour?

You may have added extra fruit salt in the batter or cooked longer than the suggested time.

Is Oats Idli suitable for a diabetics?

Definitely, Oats idlis are better than rice Idlis.  If eaten with sambar (lentil and vegetable stew) and chutney for the breakfast you get the added extra protein. Also you may use less semolina or totally avoid semolina.


First dry roast the oats in a heavy bottom pan for 4-5 minutes, or until you can smell the nutty aroma of roasting.
Remove it, let it cool.
In the same pan dry roast the semolina.
In a coffee grinder grind the roasted oats to a fine powder.

In a large bowl, combine both flours.
Add salt, grated carrots, chopped coriander and crushed chili and ginger.
Add yogurt and mix well.
Add very little water and keep mixing, check the consistency we don't need pouring consistency.

In a small pan, heat the oil, add mustard seeds, chana and urad daal.
Once mustard seeds crackle, add cashews, chopped curry leaves. make sure not to burn cashews.
Pour the seasoned oil into the Idli mixture.
Leave the mixture aside for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat some water in a big pan or steamer.
Add fruit salt in the mixture and mix well. If the batter is very thick add very little water.

Grease Idli plates with any oil and pour Idli batter in the moulds and steam 10-12 minutes.
Remove steamed Idlis from the pot and let it stand for 2-3 minutes and then remove them. 


Quick vegan oats idli is a delicious, nourishing and comforting south indian dish, that can be made so quickly and enjoyed with lentil stew as known as sambar and coconut chutney.

You may want to check out our other Oats and Idli recipes

Dum Aloo with Bharwan Baigan with Oats

Oats and Multiseed Savoury Loaf (Handvo)

Sundried Tomato, Chickpea Cakes with Cashew and Oats 

Oats Chevdo.Chivda (spice mix)

Oats, Juwar and Methi Thepla 

Spinach and Rajkot's Famous Chutney Idli

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Quick Vegan Oats Idli

Quick Vegan Oats Idli
Yield: 12-15
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 20 M
These delicious and healthy Quick Vegan Oats Idlis are perfect for breakfast, easy to cook!


oats idli
  • 200g oats
  • 100g semolina
  • 100ml yogurt
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch turmeric powder (optional)
  • 1 TBSP crushed green chilli garlic
  • 3-4 TBSP grated carrots
  • 1 TBSP finely chopped coriander 
  • 3/4 to 1 tsp fruit salt 
Tadka (tempering)
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp channa and urad daal
  • 1 tsp finely chopped curry leaves


How to cook Quick Vegan Oats Idli

  1. In a heavy-based pan or kadai dry roast the oats.
  2. Remove it an a plate and let it cool.
  3. meanwhile in the same pan dry roast the semolina for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Now grind the oats in a coffee grinder till you get a fine powder.
  5. Place both flours in a big mixing bowl.
  6. Add salt, crushed chiili-ginger, carrots and coriander.
  7. Add yourt and mix well.
  8. Now add 1/4 cup water first, and mix.
  9. If needed add more water but don't make it runny. 
  10. Leave it aside, and prepare tempering by heating in a small pan.
  11. Add musted seeds, both daal(lentils), once they crackle add curry leaves.
  12. Pour the tadka into the idli batter, mix well and leave it aside for 10 minutes.
  13. Meanwhile heat water in a big pan or pot.
  14. Grease the idli plates, and oil the moulds. 
  15. Add fruit salt into the batter (first, add less than the measurement says) the batter should start foaming in a minute. if it doesn't add more.
  16. Mix it well and fill the idli moulds with batter.
  17. Steam for 10-12 minutes.
  18. Leave it idlis in the mould for a couple of minutes, then remove it using a sharp knife. 
  19. Enjoy Hot.


If you are not going to make all the idlis the same time, do not add all the fruit salt at the time.
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  1. What a healthy way to begin a day. Idli looks soft and fluffy. Beautifully styled and photographed, as always!

  2. A healthy way to start the morning. I too don't like hot porridge on its own as I find it tasteless. I rather make a smoothie or top it with fruits and nuts. The idlis look so delish, love making them for brunch.

  3. A healthy way to start your day with vegan oat idli. Incorporating oats in idli is a superb idea, loved the addition of cashew nuts. Surely going to try this recipe very soon.

  4. It can't be better than these fabulous vegan oats idlis along with piping hot sambhar and coconut chutney. If given a choice i can have them all 7 days a week.
    Fabulous recipe.

  5. Oats Idli looks delicious and makes a good breakfast option for me. Now, this is definitely my kind of breakfast as I hardly have porridge.

  6. Such beautiful clicks of good old idli. Those oats idli look so soft and fluffy. Would love to have these for my breakfast :-)

  7. Perfect and a healthy way to start the morning. This is totally my kind of breakfast when I want to have something Indian. The idlis look so fluffy...Lovely styling and gorgeous click!!

  8. Idlis are my favorite and your oats idli look so tempting. I also loved your earthen pots. Where did you buy them from.

  9. Instant dishes are popular these days in this busy world. And at that case, these instant idlis come to a rescue. Use of oats to make idli sounds superb. The idlis look so soft and fluffy as well here.


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