Instant Sweet Potato and Quinoa Idli/Steamed Cakes

Step by step recipe to make tasty Instant Sweet Potato and Quinoa Idli/Steamed Cakes. An innovative idli recipe that's nourishing and a hearty breakfast option!
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Author: Priya Lakshminarayan


  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp urad dal
  • 2 tbsp chana dal
  • 2-3 tbsp oats powder
  • 1/2 cup rawa/semolina
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • salt as required


  • Heat ghee in a pan. Once its hot, temper mustard seeds and when they begin to crackle add grated ginger, chopped green chillies, urad dal, chopped curry leaves and chana dal. Fry for about 45 seconds and then add oats powder and regular semolina/rawa. Then add quinoa flour. To prepare quinoa flour, just grind it dry and coarse. Mix and roast the flours for a minute or till you get a faint aroma of the roasted semolina. Take it off the pan and transfer it to a mixing bowl. Once it cools down, add grated sweet potato, yogurt, cilantro to the bowl. Prepare batter by adding enough water and salt. Batter should be thick and spoonable. Add baking soda, mix well and keep the batter aside for 5 minutes.¬†Grease idli plate with cooking spray and fill the molds with the batter.
  • Steam for 10 minutes. Once its cooled down, check with a toothpick or back of spoon. If it comes out clean, idli is done.¬†Instant Sweet Potato & Quinoa Idli or Steamed Cake is truly hearty and sumptuous.