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Aval idli | instant poha idli | easy breakfast recipes

by Jeyashri suresh
Poha idli | aval idli is an instant idli which needs no fermentation. Generally we make poha upma, and i have posted milagu aval, puli aval recipes too. Making idli with poha is a new one for me. Last week while talking with my cousin she was casually mentioning about this poha idli which she read in a magazine. I just gave it a try casually for a weeknight dinner alst week. That was a super hit at home. So yesterday i tried it again with few improvisations and added few veggies too. The highlight of this recipe is it was ready in 25 minutes and kids ate it without any complaints. The idlis stayed soft after 2 hours,so you can pack it for kids lunch box too. Try this aval idli | poha idli at home for breakfast or dinner. This is similar to rava idli recipe.

Instant poha idli

  Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 Mins |Yields: 10-12 idlis

      Poha | aval    2 cups (thick or thin)
      Yogurt      1/2 cup
      Oil      2 tsp
      Mustard seed    1/4 tsp
      Channa dal    1/2 tsp
      Cashew nuts     4-5 (optional)
      Turmeric powder    2 pinches
      Salt     as needed
      Eno fruit salt    1 tsp
      Curry leaves + coriander leaves    few
      Carrot    2 tblsp (finely chopped)
       Peas      1 tblsp


poha -idli

  • You can use any variety of poha (thick or thin). Roast the poha in a pan for 2 minutes without getting it burnt.
  • Coarsely powder them in a mixer. Just pulse them twice will do.
roast poha
  • In a pan add oil and add in the mustard seeds, cashew nuts , finely chopped green chili, channa dal, cashew nuts ,chopped curry leaves and coriander leaves. When they are turning golden brown add the chopped carrot and peas. Adding veggies is purely optional.
  • Allow this to cool. Add the pulsed poha to this. When the seasoning is completely cool add the yogurt to this.
  • By this time heat the idli pan and grease the idli plates.

aval -veg-idli

  • Add salt to this. Add water to get the right consistency. The poha will absorb more water but stop with 1 to 1 and half cup of water. After adding eno salt it will be ok .
  • Add eno salt to this and mix this well. Immediately add this to the idli pan.
aval -idli
  • Steam  the idli for 10 minutes .

poha idli

  • Super soft poha idlis are ready to serve. You can serve with any side dish of your choice.
aval -idli
  1. You can add onions too while seasoning.
  2. Instead of eno fruit salt you can add 1/4 tsp of baking soda and 1 tsp of lemon juice.
  3. You can grate the carrots too instead of chopping it.

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Sasikala Sreedhar July 3, 2015 - 9:28 am

Wow super soft instant idlis...

Nalini Sathish July 3, 2015 - 9:48 am

Hello mam can we use red aval to make this aval idly

suba July 3, 2015 - 10:12 am

Hello mam is eno or baking soda is necessary? Will it be gud without adding tat?

suba July 3, 2015 - 10:13 am

Hello mam is eno or baking soda is necessary? Will it be gud without adding tat?

Sathya- MyKitchenodyssey July 3, 2015 - 3:59 pm

Hi suba without eno this idly won't be good.You can try wth less amount if you wish.

jeyashri suresh July 13, 2015 - 10:32 am

Adding eno only gives softness to this instant idli. I have already given just 1 tsp only. So do not lessen the quantity.

Akila Anandan July 3, 2015 - 10:21 am

Healthy breakfast

Amrita Roy July 3, 2015 - 11:23 am

healthy breakfast idea

Shaan Veigas July 6, 2015 - 3:25 am

Definitely going to try

Abid Bhatti July 6, 2015 - 9:12 am

Looks very good I would like to taste it thanks for sharing stuff... is it traditional Indian food

sharmila July 22, 2015 - 4:56 am

Hi jeyashri,
Any recipe from your blog is foolproof and turns out excellent!!! Reflection of your passion and the efforts you put in to give the best.... Kudos!!!!

kavita October 17, 2015 - 2:33 pm

whenever i cook poha i wash it first. Was a bit concerned about just dry roasting the poha without washing. please do advice.

jeyashri suresh October 18, 2015 - 1:50 am

If you feel like washing, just wash this once it is pulsed. but carefully strain the water as it aval may get washed away

Pralipta Padhi April 26, 2016 - 3:58 pm

hello mam i tried this but the idlis are not binding up to an idli it separates out when taken out from the idli stand.. what could be the reason

jeyashri suresh April 27, 2016 - 9:49 am

Hi, Either the eno must be more or the batter may be so thick while making the idli. More likely is eno must be more.

Chitra C April 29, 2016 - 2:39 am

I followed as per measurements but the batter was not of idli batter consistency it went thick even after adding eno. Is this OK.

jeyashri suresh April 29, 2016 - 3:02 am

It tends to thicken very soon, add little water and immediately pour it into moulds. Its ok if it is little thick too.

Mystery Woman May 31, 2016 - 4:22 am

I tried this today but I guess I didn't use the water measure right. My entire batch disintegrated and I was left with nothing 🙁 I'll try again soon with exact measures

Ekta Maheshwari June 14, 2016 - 11:00 am

What is .the exact measurement that you have to add for all ingreadients.

jeyashri suresh July 11, 2016 - 2:48 am

Please ,follow the measurements given in the recipe, you will get it perfect

AC July 7, 2016 - 2:06 am

Perfect! I followed the recipe to the dot, and the outcome was delicious. One thing I added as an improvement was a sprinkle of roasted fenugreek powder before adding yogurt. I did this since I skipped adding veggies, and the idlis were very flavorful. My son says he prefers the poha idlis to the traditional ones.

Diary September 28, 2016 - 11:33 am


Micky May 5, 2017 - 1:43 pm

I prepared it with same quantity. But the batter was very thick like upma constitency.

jeyashri suresh May 13, 2017 - 11:58 am

It depends on the texture of the rava. You can add more water if you feel it is too thick. But this own't be in a consistency of normal idli batter.

Dr.SUDHIPTHI Bnys May 5, 2018 - 12:54 pm

Hi it sounds great. Wana try it once. Can v try using red avalaki

Jeyashris Kitchen May 7, 2018 - 6:00 am

Yes you can use

Dr.SUDHIPTHI Bnys May 7, 2018 - 10:22 am

Thanks 🙂

Viji kumar April 24, 2019 - 4:29 am

Mam I made poha idly as per your advice but it didn't come nicely instead of eno add baking powder is it the reason?

admin May 3, 2019 - 7:46 am

hi, yes eno gives a soft and porous texture to the idlis, which baking powder don't.


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