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Instant Raagi & Oats Idli

How can you include calcium in your daily diet? I am sure without wasting a second we will say Milk, Cheese and all dairy products that flashes in our mind. Of course this thought found its way into our brains, with every sip of milk we were made to drink right from our childhood.

Yes its a pretty good source of calcium, but there are studies which say that its not really the best source of calcium as it has high proteins and animal proteins interfere with calcium absorption.

No stop.. Do not panic.. you can still drink your milk (preferably organic and low fat ) and also eat proteins, but make sure you get plenty of plant based proteins and calcium.

You can find the list of plant based protein sources here and for most nutrients here

These list do not include Raagi , what a pity… Raagi is a wonderful source of calcium too and you can eat it wihtout being guilty of harming any other animal or its bones :)

I am trying to incorporate Raagi into our weekly food menu regularly.. When I try to make something with Raagi I will be kind of tensed about the reactions I would get on the big kid’s face (hihihi I mean DH) rather than the little boss. Little boss is used to eating raagi right from his baby food stage so he is not so fussy about Raagi if its soft and doesnt make his jaws work very hard :) . I added broken cashew nuts… you see there should be something of DH’s choice to make a deal.

This recipe sans Cashewnuts will definitely be a wonderful DIET RECIPE and a blessing for Diabetics too. BUT YOU NEED NOT BE ON DIET OR HAVE DIABETES TO EAT THIS …NO LAME EXCUSES either… Its so quick and healthy… You can make it faster than the Pizza delivery guys speed of delivering your ordered pizza. :) and I promise its 1000 times healthier than that Pizza you order

I should thank Usha for her wonderful Raagi idli recipe …It was amazing and the best part is all three of us liked it… I just altered the recipe slightly.

Here is the recipe for my records


What’s needed:-

Dry ingredients-

  • 1/2 cup cracked wheat powdered to rava consistency or wheat rava
  • 1/2 cup quick oats powdered coarsely
  • 1/2 cup ragi flour (finger millet flour)
  • 1 ?tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 3/4 ?tsp baking soda

For the seasoning

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp chana dhal
  • 1 tsp urad dhal
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 4 Indian or Thai variety green chillies cut fine (or to taste)
  • 4 tsp broken cashew nuts
  • 1 tsp chopped curry leaves

Wet ingredients

  • 1.5 cups of low fat plain yogurt (curd/ dahi)

Other ingredients (optional)

  • handful cilantro cut fine
  • Grated carrots

How To’s:

  1. Coarsely powder the cracked wheat to semolina or rava consistency
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together
  3. Heat oil in a small pan, add the mustard and chana dal and fry for a few seconds.
  4. Next add urad dal and after a few seconds add the green chillies, cashews and curry leaves. Once the cashews are toasty add this entire mixture to the flour mixture
  5. Just before steaming the idlis add yogurt (almost 1:1 ratio with the flour mixture), carrots and cilantro.
  6. Grease the idli plates and steam them in the Idli cooker for 7 to 8 minutes. Alternatively you can steam it in pressure cooker without the weight for the same time.
  7. Cool for a few minutes and then take them out and serve with the chutney of your choice. We had ours with Onion chutney :D

How Not To’s :-

  1. Do not make the oats and wheat into fine powder, it needs to be coarse
  2. Do not burn the dals in the seasoning, just fry them in exactly the order mentioned.
  3. Finally do not run away because its a RAGI RECIPE, even if you hate Ragi I bet you will love this recipe :)

As I always say eating healthy is not difficult :) if you have your heart in it. That Cashew peeking out of the Idli isn’t she inviting you to take a bite?



6 comments to Instant Raagi & Oats Idli

  • Geetha

    Koki, Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. I would definitely try this out and let you know. Hopefully, having a couple of cashew nuts wont harm my diet :)

  • Geetha

    Koki, I tried this and it was an instant hit at home. Can’t believe that it takes only very little effort. Please post more recipes like this :)

  • Koki

    Geeths glad that every1 at home liked it … will try to post more dear

  • Jeez…..oats idly?
    That is really innovative. :)

  • Hi Koki,
    Awesome job! I wish I can try this raagi and oats idli. I guess I can just look at these pics!
    To increase your fan follow ups, now all of my friends and colleagues will love to watch and taste your mouth watering recipes. I included your blog site in my personal webpage as listed.

    Keep it up!

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