Monday, August 28, 2017

Quinoa idli recipe - How to make idli with quinoa

Quinoa idli in a serving plate
Quinoa idli recipe -  Quinoa idli is a healthy and tasty South Indian style idli. This idli is best for breakfast and can also be packed in the lunch box. This idli is prepared by using quinoa, rice and split black grams. I made this for my sons as quinoa is one of their favourite grains. I made the quinoa idli couple of times and the proportion of ingredients given below is perfect to make soft idlis. 

This idli tastes very nice with the unique flavour of quinoa. The method of preparation is similar to rice urad dal idli. Quinoa is a tiny grain and its health benefits are numerous. It is high in antioxidants, rich in protein and contains essential amino acids. Quinoa is an excellent source of magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and dietary fiber. Hence using quinoa in diet in any form is beneficial.

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Quinoa Idli Recipe
quinoa idli is ready to serve
Quinoa idli is a South Indian style idli prepared with quinoa. Perfect dish to serve for breakfast and to pack in the lunch box

Soaking time 5-6 hours
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 Cook time : 
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 Recipe type : Breakfast - Quinoa Recipes
 Cuisine : South Indian
 Yield : 25 Idlis
 Author : Vidya Chandrahas

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup raw rice
  • 1 cup  urad dal / split black grams
  • Oil as required
  • Salt to taste

  1. Handpick and rinse the quinoa  2 - 3 times. Handpick the raw rice and split black grams separately. Wash them with sufficient water till the clean water runs. 
  2. Then soak the quinoa, split balck grams and rice separately for 5 - 6 hours.
  3. Drain water and grind the split black grams till they become smooth paste. Use some water to grind.
  4. Transfer the urad dal batter to a large vessel. Keep it aside.
  5. Then drain water and grind the quinoa to a smooth paste by using some water.  
  6. Pour the quinoa batter on the urad dal batter and keep it aside
  7. Then drain water and grind the rice to a slightly coarse paste by using very little water. 
  8. Pour the rice batter into the above prepared quinoa and urad dal batter
  9. Mix well with a large spoon. Keep covered for 7-8 hours. 
  10. While making idlis, add the salt and mix well. 
  11. Grease the idli plates and pour the batter in the mould.  
  12. Steam the idlis in a idli cooker  for 20 - 25 minutes. 
  13. After 5 minutes, serve the quinoa idli hot. 
  14. It goes well with chutney and sambar.

Quinoa idli - step by step pictures

1.  Hand pick the quinoa and set aside.
quinoa image
2.  Handpick the raw rice and urad dal.
quinoa, rice and urad dal to make quinoa idli
3.  Rinse the quinoa, urad dal and rice separately till the clean water runs. Then soak them separately for 5 -6 hours.
soak the quinoa, rice and urad dal
4.  Drain water and grind the quinoa and urad dal separately till they become smooth and thick paste.Then drain water and grind the rice to a coarse paste. Mix all 3 batter and keep it aside for 7-8 hrs.
make batter with quinoa, rice and urad dal
5.  Add the salt to the idli batter. Grease the idli plates and pour the batter.
pour the batter in the idli mould
6.  Steam the idlis in a idli cooker for 20-25 minutes.
steam the quinoa idli
7.  After 5 minutes, serve the quinoa idli hot with chutney and sambar
quinoa idli is ready to serve


  1. healthy idlis..love quinoa:)

  2. Awesome recipe. This idli is very easy to make. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Healthy Idlis...Lovely recipe.


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