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Quinoa Idli- Soft, Fluffy & Healthy – Steamed Recipe

Quinoa idlis are a healthy variation of the traditional South Indian breakfast dish, idli, which is usually made from a batter of fermented rice and urad dal (black gram).

By incorporating quinoa you get a modern twist on this classic dish that enhances its nutritional profile.

Quinoa is a superfood that has many health benefits: High protein content, rich in fiber, packed with vitamins and minerals & low glycemic index.

I’ve made dosas with quinoa a few times & this was the first time I tried making idlis with quinoa. Idlis turned out soft, fluffy & awesome. These wholesome, healthy & nutritious idlis are my new favourite.

I enjoyed these idlis with Chettinad style sambar, tomato chutney & idli podi.

Chettinad Style Sambar, Click Here For Recipe

Tomato Chutney, Click Here For Recipe

Quinoa Idli- Soft, Fluffy & Healthy - Steamed Recipe
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 16
  • Quinoa- 1 cup
  • Urad dal, split black gram- ½ cup
  • Fenugreek seeds- ½ tsp
  • Water- 1 cup, to grind
  • Salt- ½ tsp
  1. I've taken white quinoa & split black gram or urad dal.
  2. I didn't add rice for making these idlis & I didn't find any difference in the texture.
  3. If you prefer you can also add ½ cup idli rice or par boiled rice.
  4. With this measurement, you'll be able to make 16 idlis. For making more double or triple the recipe.
  5. Take the quinoa, urad dal & fenugreek seeds in a strainer, rinse under running water till the water turns clear.
  6. Add to a bowl, add enough water & soak for 4 hours.
  7. After 4 hours, add the soaked quinoa, urad dal & fenugreek seeds to a blender jar, add around 1 cup water that's left in the bowl after soaking.
  8. Grind to a smooth batter without grains.
  9. The batter has to be fermented.
  10. I'll be using my Instant Pot for fermentation.
  11. Pour the batter to the stainless steel pot.
  12. Using your clean hand, beat the batter well.
  13. Keep the pot into the main Instant Pot.
  14. Close with the lid.
  15. Select Yogurt setting, set the time to 8 hours, temperature should be medium.
  16. If you live in a warm place, you just have to keep the batter on the countertop overnight or 8 hours.
  17. The next morning, I opened the Instant Pot lid, the batter has fermented well.
  18. Take the pot out of the main pot, combine well using a spoon.
  19. Add salt & combine well.
  20. Grease the idli moulds or plates with oil.
  21. Pour the batter onto each mould.
  22. Stack up the plates.
  23. Add 1 cup water to the idli or steam cooker.
  24. Keep the stacked up plates into the cooker, close with the lid.
  25. Steam cook over medium heat for a few minutes.
  26. While cooking in idli or steam cooker, it will emit whistles.
  27. When the whistle gets intense, take the cooker off the heat & let cool down a bit.
  28. Open the lid.
  29. Steaming hot quinoa idlis are ready.
  30. Using a spoon gently take the idlis off the plate & transfer to a plate.
  31. Quinoa idlis will be soft, fluffy & tastes delicious.
  32. Enjoy the idlis with sambar, chutney, idli podi & filter coffee.



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