February 10, 2013

Instant Quinoa Idli

This is something I have posted before, just that this time I decided to spice it up a little bit. This might have been better with a spicy chutney, but I served this with sambar. Quinoa idli can made in different ways. One way is to replace half of the rice in regular idli and ferment the batter and make idlis. Another way is to make instant idli like how we make Rava idli. I chose the latter this time.

  • Organic Quinoa - 1/2 cup
  • Fine cracked wheat -1/2 cup
  • Organic Yogurt - 1 cup
  • Virgin Coconut oil - 1 Tbs.
  • Organic raw Cashew nuts broken - 2 Tbs.
  • Urud dal - 1 Tbs.
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp.
  • Crushed pepper corns - 1 tsp.
  • Asephoetida - a pinch
  • Sea Salt as per taste
  • Baking soda - a pinch

  • Dry roast quinoa till you start hearing popping sound, for about 5 minutes
  • Coarse grind roasted quinoa.
  • Dry roast cracked wheat for 5 minutes.
  • Mix cracked wheat, quinoa, salt & baking powder and add yogurt and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
  • Heat coconut oil and add urud dal and cashew nut and sauté till slightly golden, add the spices and season the batter
  • Pour about 2 Tbs. into idli moulds and steam for 15 minutes.
  • Serve with sambar or chutney.


  1. Madam, Iam from Kerala, India, what is quinoa and yogurt mean?

  2. Quinoa is a grain like seed (from the same family as Amaranth) originally consumed by people in south america and now popular in many other countries. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinoa).
    Yogurt is nothing but curd - our homemade 'thair' :-)

  3. Hi Mini, Alka sent me your blog, I am so thankful to her. Thanks to you for your inspirational recipes.
    What is the yellow chutney made of? could you send a recipe? it looks like the maharastrian besan chutney is it?

    1. Hi Devi,
      Thanks for visiting, and thanks for the nice words :-)
      The yellow chutney is tomato chutney..
      Recipe: Saute 3-4 tomatoes, 1 onion, 2-3 cloves garlic and 3-4 red chillies in coconut oil.
      Grind with 1/4 cup of coconut and salt.

  4. I tried this recipe.. turned out pretty good..thanks!!

  5. HELLO
    so urad daal is not cooked when put in oil. I should put whole uncooked urad daal in with coconut oil?

  6. also, fine racked wheat? is this bulgar wheat? sorry so many questions, but I want to make this now!! looks yummy....

    1. You can use bulgur wheat instead of cracked wheat.

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    1. Hi Priyanka, instead of yogurt you can use a cup of coconut milk with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.


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