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Quinoa Idli recipe  with detailed video instructions
If you are on quinoa diet or like to incorporate quinoa in your diet Quinoa idli is another tasty addition to your quinoa recipes list.
This tasty idli is no onion no garlic and vegan breakfast. Quinoa idli goes well with Chutney or Sambar.
Quinoa is very rich in calcium, protein and being a complex carbohydrate makes this food a natural internal cleanser. This makes quinoa part of a good plant based calcium diet for vegans as well as those who are lactose intolerant.

Try this quinoa asparagus bhath 



Ingredients for making quinoa Idli:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup = 250 ml
  • 3/4 cup uddina beLe / urad dal / split black gram
  • 3/4 cup uddina beLe / urad dal / split black gram
  • 1 tbsp methi seeds / menthya / fenugreek seeds
  • 2.5 cups of water
  • 1.5 tsp salt or salt to taste

For seasoning:

  • 1 to1.5 tbsp oil
  • pinch of hing
  • 3/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp jeera / cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp kadle bele / split bengal gram chana dal
  • 2 tsp urad dal
  • 6 to 8 cashews pieces (optional)
  • 6 to 8 chopped green chillies
  • few chopped curry leaves
  • chopped coriander leaves


  1. Take quinoa in a bowl, wash thoroughly and add 1 cup of water and take urad dal and methi seeds in a separate bowl, wash and add 1.5 cups of water. Soak overnight or 4 to 5 hours.
  2. Grind soaked urad dal along with water to a fine consistency. transfer this to a big bowl
  3. Transfer some water to a cup from soaked quinoa, and grind it to a coarse consistency, transfer this to the urad dal batter
  4. Consistency of the idli batter should be like this, so add water accordingly to grind quinoa and dal
  5. Mix it well, cover it and keep aside for 8 to 10 hours to ferment the batter
  6. We have the well fermented batter ready, mix it add salt and mix it well again.
  7. Now the Idli batter is ready. You can make the idlis with this batter or you can give seasoning and make Idlis.
  8. I feel adding the seasoning enhances the taste of this idli.


  1. Heat the oil in a ladle on medium low heat
  2. Once the oil is hot add hing, mustard seeds, after it pops add jeera, fry it for few seconds, add the dals, fry it until it slightly changes it color, add cashew pieces, Fry it until cashews turn golden brown
  3. Now add the chopped green chillies, fry it for a few seconds, then the curry leaves, stir it and turn off the heat.
  4. add this seasoning to the Idli batter along with chopped coriander leaves, MIx it well.

To make the idli:

  1. Grease the regular plate or idli plate, put the batter to the greased plates
  2. keep the steamer or pressure cooker with enough water on medium high heat to steam the idli
  3. place the idli plate, cover it and don’t put the whistle.Turn off the heat after 15 minutes, and let it cook for a few minutes before you take it out
  4. Remove the Idli plate, keep it out for few more minutes, then cut this using a knife as shown
  5. Serve the Quinoa Idli with Chutney or Idli sambar,
  6. With the given measurement we can make around 20 to 25 regular idlis.