soft idli made with idli rava or rice rava

soft idli made with idli rava – this is a step by step pictorial recipe to make soft and fluffy idli with idli rava or cream of rice. idli rava is also known as rice rava or rice sooji. its basically coarsely ground idli rice.

idli with idli rava recipe

either we make south indian idli and dosa for weekend breakfasts at home or the north indian aloo poori or bread pakora. i always follow the same method of making idli, as mentioned in this idli recipe post here to make both idlis & dosa.

this time i had got idli rava (cream of rice) to make idlis. instead of parboiled rice, i used the idli rava along with urad dal. the result were pretty soft idlis. i even made dosa from this batter and they were both crisp as well as soft.

the process of making idlis is the same. i have ground the idli rava which gave a smooth texture to the idlis. you can also just add the soaked & drained idli rava to the batter. the texture in this case would be different, but still you will have great idlis.

idli recipe with idli rava

so do try making idlis with idli rava. they grind more easily than soaked rice and also yield soft, fluffy idlis. i also made idli with cooked rice or left over rice and these idlis were also good. they are the softest idlis i have ever made.

idlis are one healthy & nutritious food. they are steamed as well as low fat. being fermented they are good for the body too. they also make a nice gluten free breakfast or brunch.

you can serve soft idlis with coconut chutney, sambar or idli powder (dry idli chutney).

if you are looking for more idli varieties then do check:

idli with idli rava

4.81 from 21 votes
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:14 hrs
Cook Time:12 mins
Total Time:14 hrs 12 mins
Cuisine:south indian
Servings (change the number to scale):15 to 16 idli
idli recipe with idli rava
soft, fluffy idlis made with idli rava or cream of rice. vegan & gluten free recipe.
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


  • 2 cups idli rava (cream of rice or rice sooji or rice rava)
  • ½ cup urad dal (spilt and skinned black gram lentils)
  • ¼ cup poha (flattened rice)
  • 7 to 8 methi seeds (fenugreek seeds)
  • rock salt (sendha namak) as required
  • water for soaking


making idli batter

  • soak the idli rava (cream of rice) in enough water for 4 to 5 hours.
  • in another bowl or pan, soak the urad dal, poha, and methi seeds in enough water 4 to 5 hours.
  • drain the water from the urad dal and keep it aside.
  • we will use some of this water for grinding the idlis.
  • drain the water from the idli rava and discard.
  • in a wet grinder, add the idli rava, urad dal, methi seeds, poha.
  • add some of the urad dal strained water and begun to grind.
  • if the batter appears too thick, add some water.
  • grind to a smooth batter.
  • pour in a non reactive deep pan or pot to give room for fermentation & rising of the batter.
  • add salt and stir well. cover with a lid and keep the batter in a warm place for 7-8 hours.
  • the next day the idli batter would have fermented and risen.

making idli with idli rava

  • grease or brush the idli moulds with oil.
  • keep a pan or steamer on the stove with some water.
  • stir the idli batter gently.
  • pour the batter in the idli moulds.
  • by now the water must have begin boiling in the pan.
  • place the idli stand in the pan.
  • cover with a lid and steam the idlis.
  • if using a pressure cooker, don't put the vent weight/whistle on the cooker's lid.
  • steam for 10-12 minutes till a tooth pick inserted in the idli comes out clean.
  • when the idlis are steaming, you can prepare the chutney.
  • serve hot and steaming idlis with chutney or sambar accompanied with some indian chai or filter coffee
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how to make idli with idli rava

1: firstly soak the urad dal, methi seeds (fenugreek seeds) and poha (flattened rice) together for 4-5 hours.

soak urad dal for making idli recipe

2: soak the idli rava in a separate bowl or pan for 4-5 hours.

soak idli rava to make idli recipe

3: drain the water from the urad dal and keep the water aside. also drain the water from the idli rava. idli rava absorbs a lot of water, so drain them well. now in a wet grinder, add all the ingredients and add some of the urad dal strained water.

grind idli rava and urad dal

4: grind to a smooth paste. in between with a spatula or spoon stir the batter. add more water if required.

ground idli batter to make idli with idli rava

5: here’s the ground idli batter.

ground idli batter for idli recipe

6: take the batter in a bowl and mix salt in it.

idli batter for idli recipe with idli rava

7: cover and allow the idli batter to ferment for 7-8 hours. the fermented batter the next day.

ferment the idli batter to make idli recipe

8: take an idli stand. smear some oil in all the moulds. pour the idli batter in the moulds.

idli batter to make idli recipe with idli rava

9: steam the idlis in a pan or in a steamer for 10-12 minutes. i used my electric cooker to steam the idlis. if using a pan or pot, first add water in the pan. let it come to a boil. keep the idli stand and cover the pan. steaming hot idlis are ready.

steaming idlis - idli recipe with idli rava

10: serve soft idlis with coconut chutney, sambar or idli powder (dry idli chutney). have a healthy steamed breakfast of idlis. i served the idlis with a kerala style red coconut chutney and some idli podi/dry chutney.

idli recipe with idli rava


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159 comments/reviews

  1. What would the proportion be if I am grinding the same in a mixie? For regular idlis i use a 3:1:1 proportion of idli rice:urud dal:poha


  2. Mam when ever I search any recipe the first thing I check is if the recipe for the same is available on vegrecipeofindia and if it’s there than I don’t look at any other place.. the way you explain it is simply awesome. Mam I want to know what we can make with left over idli batter when used idli rawa ?5 stars