Oats Cracked Wheat Idli or Oats Dalia Idli or Oats Broken Wheat Idli

Today’s recipe is Oats Dalia Idli or Oats Broken Wheat Idli or Oats Cracked Wheat Idli. Idli is the most popular and staple breakfast in majority of the South Indian homes. Ours is no different. Also, I make idlis at least thrice a week as they are my daughter’s favorite breakfast dish.

Oats Cracked Wheat Idli

It is sometimes the regular idlis or rava idlis or oats idli. Oats Dalia Idli is yet another variety that can be quickly whipped to cater to your Idli cravings with no idli batter in hand. Oats Broken Wheat Idlis are made with oats, broken wheat, carrot, curds, spiced with green chillies and ginger and tempered with dals and cashews. Oats Cracked Wheat Idlis are rich in fiber, healthy and nutritious. It is suitable for diabetic patients too. Yet another recipe for the busy mornings that can be prepared in less than 30 mins. Serve it with your favorite chutney or Idli podi or Sambar, you can have a fulfilling breakfast. I have added grated carrot to make it appealing to my kids. You can add fresh green peas too.

For other Idli recipes or breakfast under 30 mins category, do check out Rava Idli recipe.



Oats – 1 cup or 200 gms
Broken or cracked wheat or dalia or sambha godhumai  – 1 cup
Curd – 1 cup
Water – ¾ to 1 cup or as needed
Baking soda – ½ tsp
Turmeric powder – a pinch or two (optional)
Carrot – 1 medium sized (optional)
Ginger – 1” piece
Green chilli – 2
Curry leaves few
Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp finely chopped
Salt to taste
Oil to grease the idli moulds
To temper
Oil – 2 tsps
Mustard seeds – ¾ tsp
Hing or asafoetida – ¼ tsp or a big pinch
Jeera or cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Urad dal – ¾ tsp
Chana dal – ¾ tsp
Cashew – 8 whole


Prep time – 10 mins
Cook time – 20 mins
Total time – 30 mins
Makes 16 idlis

  1. Chop the green chillies, ginger, coriander and curry leaves finely. Grate the carrot finely. Break the cashews roughly. Set everything aside.
  2. Heat a pan and dry roast oats by adding a pinch of turmeric on medium heat. Do not let the oats change color. Roast until it is hot to touch. Let it cool. Powder it coarsely in a mixer jar.
  3. Pulse the cracked wheat once or twice if using the large variety and set aside. If using small variety, you can use it as is.
  4. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Reduce flame to low and add hing, urad dal, chana dal and broken cashews. Sauté for 30 secs.
  5. As the dal and cashews start changing color, add the chopped green chillies, ginger and carrots. Saute for 2-3 mins and switch off the flame.
  6. In a bowl, mix together powdered oats, cracked wheat and the seasoning with grated carrots.
  7. Add curds, baking soda, salt to taste, and mix well. Bubbles will form and the mixture will slightly rise. Now add water little by little and mix well to get a consistency like that of idli batter (neither too thick nor too thin).
  8. Meanwhile heat an idli pot with water. Also grease the idli moulds with oil and keep it ready.
  9. Immediately pour the batter into greased moulds and steam for 12-15 mins on medium flame or until done. To check the doneness, insert a toothpick or spoon or knife, same should come out clean.
  10. Switch off the flame, wait for 2 mins and gently scoop out the idlis.

Serve these healthy oats cracked wheat idlis hot with your favorite chutney or sambar or idli podi. We enjoyed with Pudina Thogayal and Idli Podi.

Oats Cracked Wheat Idli


  1. My one cup measures 200 gms. I used the same cup for measuring oats, dalia and curds.
  2. Instead of chopping green chilli and ginger, you can add a paste of the same. Adjust the spice level as per your taste preference.
  3. I add a pinch of turmeric for a light yellow hue. You can skip the same.
  4. You can also use Eno fruit salt instead of baking soda. If using fruit salt, use around 1 tsp.
  5. You can add finely grated cabbage or fresh green peas to the batter. If adding same, add them after the tempering, sauté and then add to the rest of the ingredients.
  6. You can also add grated coconut to the batter.
  7. You can fry halved cashews and place them in the idli moulds and then pour the batter over it and steam the idlis.
  8. Add water only little at a time, mix and then add more as needed. Water measure may vary depending on the type of wheat variety used; hence adjust the water quantity to get desired consistency.
  9. These idlis may take a longer time to cook than the regular idlis. Check for doneness after 12-15 mins and cook further if not done.

2 comments for “Oats Cracked Wheat Idli or Oats Dalia Idli or Oats Broken Wheat Idli

  1. Mar 31, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Idli looks awesome and sponge!! lovely share

  2. Apr 01, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Sharmila, Thanks for your lovely comments.

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