Monday, December 5, 2016

Quinoa Idli Recipe-Healthy Breakfast-Dinner Recipes

Those who are following Padhuskitchen regularly will be knowing very well about Quinoa (pronounced as "KEEN-wah"). Quinoa is gluten free seed and is a rich source of protein and fiber. Quinoa is one of the few plant sources of complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids. It is also high in magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, vitamins and many beneficial antioxidants. What I love about quinoa is that, it is not only delicious but also versatile. As I am a big fan of idli, dosa and adai, I love trying it with various food grains. Today we will learn how to make Quinoa idli following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Quinoa Idli
Spongy Quinoa Idli with Coconut chutney and Idly Podi/Idli milagai podi

Quinoa Idli

 Prep Time : 20 mins (excluding soaking time)
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Yields: 20 Idlis
 Recipe CategoryBreakfast-Dinner-Quinoa
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Quinoa - 1 cup
   Whole Skinned Urad dal - 1/2 cup
   Rice* - 1 cup
   Fenugeek seeds/vendhyam - 1/2 tsp
   Salt as needed


Wash and soak urad dal for 5-6 hours.

Wash and soak quinoa, rice and fenugreek seeds together for 5-6 hours. Rice* - You can use raw rice, par boiled rice, brown rice or traditional rice varieties. I have used traditional Khichli samba rice.

Grind urad dal adding water (chilled water), little at a time to a smooth batter. I added approximately 1/2 cup of water for grinding. Do not add all the water at one go. Add little at a time. Do not operate the mixer grinder/mixie at a stretch.  Once it is ground to a smooth paste, use the whip mode/whipper button and grind it for a few more minutes to get fluffy batter.  Remove the batter into a bowl and keep it aside.

Urad dal and urad dal batter

Grind quinoa, rice and fenugreek to a slightly coarse paste (next stage to rava consistency) adding water little at a time. Grind it in two batches. Remove the batter into a bowl.

how to make quinoa idli

Mix both the batter together and add salt needed. Taste a little batter to check for salt. The consistency of the batter should not be too thick nor too thin. It should be similar to our regular idli batter.

Leave it overnight or for 6 hours to ferment.

Once the batter has fermented, you can make idlis from the batter.

quinoa idly recipe
Quinoa Idli batter - Before and after fermentation 
How to make Quinoa Idlis

To make idlis, you need a steamer or kadai or a pressure pan and an idli mould.

Grease the idli plates/moulds with a little oil and keep it ready.

Bring enough water to boil in a steamer/kadai/pressure pan. Once water starts boiling, place the idli mold on the steamer. (If using pressure pan, do not put the weight/whistle.)

Mix the batter well and pour a ladle of batter on each mould. Cook covered on medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the idli comes out clean.

Once done, allow it to cool for 5 minutes and then remove the idlis. Repeat the same for the rest of the batter.

Enjoy soft and spongy quinoa idlis with any chutney or sambar. Check out more side dish for idli.

Storage and shelf life - Leftover batter can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. You can make idlis only on the first and second day. Make dosas on the third day. When making dosas, keep the heat on medium low for this dosa as it tends to get burnt quickly. Also do not spread it too thin.

To get soft idlis, check out my secrets to soft idlis. The same rule applies for quinoa idli also.

Check out more Quinoa Recipes from Padhuskitchen.

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  1. They look so spongy and delicious, healthy as well...

  2. Is there a way I can use idli rice rava (fine one) in this recipe?

    1. I have not tried this using idli rava. I think you can try but not sure of the outcome.

    2. Sure, will try and let you know how it comes out :) thank you for the response

  3. Hai I have never tried idli batter using quinoa.I had tried idli batter using Kambuu.Grinding kambuu in Grinder along with Urud dhal,I am getting sound from the grinder.May be that is the reason for it.

  4. Hi I tried curry leaves hair oil and it came out good but I did not get green color oil as yours like.....what is the reason may be.....can you post any recipes regarding aavaram poo and leaves....

  5. Hi I tried this recipe. After making the batter, I got very good rise in the batter after storing it for12 hours. But when i putt it in the idli cooker, it was sticky after 20 minutes of whistle! Would you be able to point out of I did anything wrong? I used idli rice for the rice portion.
    Thank you!

    1. You can use idli rice. It is not a problem. It might be due to the quality of urad dal. It can also be improper grinding. The urad dal should be light and fluffy after grinding. If it is new urad dal, use a little less.

  6. Hi

    U have mentioned that u need while urad dhal with skin, but the picture shows white urad dhal( without skin). Can we use half urad dhal? In that case what is the measurement? We don't get whole urad dhal here

    1. Skinned means "skin removed or no skin". I have used urad dal without skin and have written the same. If you half the urad dal, then half the other ingredients also. You can use split dal also.

  7. I made this and we loved the idli. I used regular idli rava the coarse kind.


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