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November 14, 2017

Instant Quinoa Idli Recipe – Quinoa Recipes Indian

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Instant Quinoa idli recipe with semolina/rava/sooji and curd. This is my very first post using quinoa. Quinoa is a super natural grain which is gluten-free, high in protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Quinoa is not called as thinai in Tamil. There is no proper Tamil word for quinoa (Keen-wah). But many of us think quinoa is very similar to our Indian Foxtail millet (thinai in Tamil). It is not. There are slight differences between quinoa and thinai mainly in their amino acid profile. 

Quinoa has high protein when compared with other millets. Both are gluten free, high in fiber that helps for weight loss and control diabetes. Both takes the same quantity of water for cooking pulao, upma, porridge and soup. Similar in Calories too. But cost wise quinoa is not affordable and its not easily available in all the stores in India like millets.You can find it in very few organic shops in big cities Or you can buy from online stores like Amazon. I bought it from an Organic shop in Gandhi bazaar, Bangalore. Quinoa is most popular in US and other foreign countries.

Many of my abroad readers asked me to share quinoa recipes years ago. At that time, I was not aware of this grain. I did not even know how to pronounce it. Then I came to know from Shalini that it should be pronounced as “keen-wah”. Some people also call it as Kinua. People usually consume this healthy grain for weight loss and to control diabetes. 

To begin with quinoa recipes, I felt Idli would be ideal for me. Being a South Indian, Idli is the staple food in my family. I like to consume millets and other super natural foods in the form of idli more than upma, kichdi, pulao or porridge. I can eat it 24x7 if its an idli with some spicy chutney or sambar. So this morning, I prepared instant quinoa idli with semolina/rava/sooji and curd just like our usual rava idli for our breakfast & refrigerated the remaining batter for dinner. 

Quinoa idli came out great with soft and spongy texture. I was very happy with the results. Color of the idli was grey otherwise there is no particular difference in taste between this idli and rava idli. Sendhil and myself enjoyed it with spicy coconut chutney and idli podi. Personally I love instant idli recipes with tangy tomato chutney or tomato thokku. You can make the side dish as per your preference.

You can make this instant quinoa idli in the next 15 minutes if you have quinoa, semolina and some curd in hand. Friends, do try this healthy, yummy quinoa idli and share your feedback with me. Ok, lets see how to make quinoa idli without fermentation with step by step pictures and video.


Instant quinoa idli recipe - Quinoa recipes Indian

Instant quinoa idli recipe - Quinoa recipes Indian

How to make quinoa idli instantly with semolina and curd for breakfast and dinner

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Breakfast
Serves: 14 
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes


To Grind (1 cup - 240ml)
  • Quinoa - 1 cup
To saute in oil
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Chana dal - 2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Green chilli - 1 no ( Finely chopped)
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch ( Finely chopped)
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp (Finely chopped)
  • Semolina / Sooji / Rava – 1/2 cup (Coarse upma rava)
  • Sour curd - 1 cup
  • Salt & water - as needed ( I used nearly 3/4 cup water)
  • Baking soda - 1/2 tsp 


  1. Take Quinoa and grind to a fine powder.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal.
  3. Saute green chillies, ginger, curry leaves, coriander leaves.
  4. Add semolina and roast for 2 minutes. Then add quinoa powder and roast for 2 more minutes.
  5. Let it cool down. Then add salt, curd and mix well.
  6. Add water to make thick spoon able batter. Add baking soda,mix well.Rest for 5 minutes.
  7. Pour in greased idli plate and steam it for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove after one minute and enjoy Instant quinoa idli with chutney or sambar !


  • Grind Quinoa to a fine powder in a big mixie jar. Keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a kadai and splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal and cumin seeds. Saute till dals turn golden. Add finely chopped green chillies, ginger, curry leaves and coriander leaves. Saute for a minute.
  • Add rava and roast in medium flame for 2 minutes. Add ground quinoa and roast for 2 more minutes till nice aroma arises. Remove the kadai, transfer the roasted items to a bowl and let it cool down.
  • Add curd, required salt and mix well. Add water gradually and make thick batter. I used 3/4 cup of water approximately. Batter should be thick and spoonable. Add baking soda, mix well and keep the batter aside for 5 minutes.
  • Grease idli plate with oil and pour the batter till 1/2 of the mould. Steam for 10 minutes.Check with a toothpick or back of spoon. If it comes out clean, idli is done.
  • Remove the idli plate and rest for 2 minutes. Take the idli using a spoon. Serve hot with coconut chutney or tomato chutney for best taste ! You cannot make dosa with this batter.
    Enjoy !


  • For variations you can add oats too.
  • Sour curd is better.
  • Adding soda helps to make the idli soft and spongy. You can also add ENO instead of soda. 
  • Do not add more water to the batter. Idli becomes flat and sticky.  
  • If you wish, you can skip the tempering part and make plain idli.
Try this healthy, instant quinoa idli for breakfast/ dinner and enjoy !

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Vijayalakshmi said...

What is the name in Tamil for Quinoa

Chitra said...

Hi, Its a type of thinai variety.