rava idli recipe, how to make rava idli

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rava idli recipe, sooji idli recipe

rava idli are quick and easy idli variety made with sooji or semolina. these sooji idli requires no grinding and fermentation.

4.45 from 54 votes
total time:
47minutes

rava idli recipe with step by step photos – one quick, easy and instant idli recipe which was missing on my space. being an idli and dosa lover, i never say no to the different idli varieties out there.

rava idli recipe, rava idli

rava idli gets made at home when we want some quick and easy idlis. so i make the idli batter within some minutes and when the idli is steaming i prepare the coconut chutney.

to make rava idli, no grinding and fermenting is required. the idlis are made with rava which is also known as sooji or fine semolina (cream of wheat). this is my version of making instant rava idli. i have not added any grated vegetables or boiled peas in the idlis. if you want you can easily add them. just boil the peas beforehand and also keep ready the grated veggies.

you can use both fresh or sour curd to make the idli. this recipe of rava idli is different from the idli made with rice rava. whereas this one use wheat rava or cream of wheat. the other one uses rice rava or cream of rice.

rava idli goes well with coconut chutney and sambar. i had served the idli with coconut curry leaves chutney.

 

rava idli

4.45 from 54 votes
Prep Time:35 mins
Cook Time:12 mins
Total Time:47 mins
rava idli are quick and easy idli variety made with sooji or semolina. these sooji idli requires no grinding and fermentation.
rava idli recipe, sooji idli recipe
Course:breakfasts,brunch
Cuisine:south indian
Servings:7 idlis
Calories:115kcal

INGREDIENTS FOR rava idli

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

ingredients for rava idli

  • 1 cup rava (sooji or semolina or cream of wheat)
  • ½ cup dahi - fresh or sour (yogurt or dahi)
  • 1 generous pinch baking soda * check notes
  • 2.5 to 3 tablespoon water or more - add accordingly and as required to get a medium consistency batter - which is neither thick nor thin.
  • 1 green chili, chopped (hari mirch)
  • ½ inch ginger, finely chopped (adrak)
  • 10 to 12 cashews, chopped (kaju)
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons ghee or oil for roasting the rava
  • 1 teaspoon oil for frying the cashews
  • salt as required

for tempering rava idli

  • 1 to 2 teaspoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • 1 teaspoon chana dal (split and husked bengal gram)
  • 10 to 12 curry leaves, chopped (kadi patta)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)

HOW TO MAKE rava idli

roasting rava to make rava idli

  • heat 2 tsp ghee or oil in a pan. 
  • add the rava (sooji) and roast in the ghee or oil till they become aromatic and change color.
  • keep on stirring often when roasting them. 
  • remove the roasted rava in a mixing bowl and keep aside.

making tempering for rava idli

  • in the same pan, heat 1 tsp oil again and fry the cashews in the ghee.
  • remove and add the fried cashews to the rava in the mixing bowl.
  • in the same pan, add 1 tsp oil more and heat it.
  • splutter mustard seeds. then add chana dal, curry leaves & asafoetida. fry till the chana dal become golden.

making rava idli batter

  • then add this whole mixture to the roasted rava. 
  • add curd (yogurt) along with chopped ginger, green chilies and salt.
  • add water as required and make a batter which is neither thin nor thick.
  • keep aside covered for 20-30 minutes. 
  • after 20-30 minutes, if the batter looks thick, then add a few tablespoons of water to get a medium consistency. rava absorbs water and so the batter might thicken after 20 to 30 minutes.

steaming rava idli

  • heat water in a steamer, electric cooker or pressure cooker.
  • just before steaming, add baking soda in the batter and mix well.
  • pour the rava idli batter in greased idli moulds.
  • place the idli stand in the electric cooker, steamer or pressure cooker. 
  • steam the rava idli for 10 to 12 minutes or more till a tooth pick inserted in the idlis come out clean.
  • remove the rava idli from the mould and serve the steaming hot rava idli with idli podi or with your favorite coconut chutney and sambar.

RECIPE TIPS

tips for making rava idli
  • you can easily add upto ¼ tsp of baking soda. since i don't like the soapy aroma of baking soda, i have added a generous pinch.
  • you can also add eno or fruit salt in place of baking soda. add ½ to ¾ teaspoon of eno or fruit salt.
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how to make rava idli

1. heat 2 to 3 tsp oil or ghee in a pan. add 1 cup rava/sooji and roast till they become aromatic and change color. keep on stirring often when roasting them. remove the roasted rava in a mixing bowl and keep aside.

roasted rava for rava idli recipe

2. in the same pan, heat 1 tsp oil and fry 10-12 cashews till light golden. remove and add the fried cashews to the rava in the mixing bowl.

fried cashews for rava idli recipe

3. in the same pan, add 1 tsp oil more and heat it. crackle 1 tsp mustard seeds. then add 1 tsp chana dal, 10-12 curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida. fry till the chana dal become golden.

rava idli recipe preparation

4. add this whole mixture to the roasted rava along. add ½ cup curd/yogurt & salt along with ½ inch chopped ginger and 1 chopped green chili.

making rava idli recipe

5: add water as required and make a batter which is neither thick nor thin in consistency. keep aside covered for 20-30 mins. after 20-30 minutes, if the rava idli batter looks thick, then add a few tablespoons of water to get a medium consistency. rava absorbs water and so the batter might thicken after 20 to 30 minutes.

making rava idli recipe

steaming rava idli

6. just before steaming, add a pinch of baking soda in the batter and mix well. you can also add ½ to ¾ tsp eno/fruit salt in place of baking soda. pour the rava idli batter in greased idli moulds. i do not prefer the soapy smell of baking soda, hence i have added a pinch. you can add upto ¼ tsp of baking soda, if you are fine with it.

rava idli batter

7. steam the rava idli in an electric cooker, steamer or pressure cooker for 10 to 12 minutes or more till a toothpick inserted in the idlis come out clean.

steam the rava idli

8. remove the rava idli from the mould and serve the steaming hot rava idli with idli podi or with your favorite coconut chutney.

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i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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    • will take approx 3 mins for mini rava idli and approx 5 mins for medium-sized rava idli. but do keep a check. otherwise idli can become hard.

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    • i am so touched by reading your comment sudha. it almost brought tears to my eyes. hopefully, i do plan to work on a cookbook this year. let me see if i can manage. also there is no need to click on all the ads. trust me your love and prayers will bring more peace and prosperity in my life. wish you all the best.

  2. Hi Dassana,
    It’s very rare that I go wrong with dishes made fallowing your recipes.Today I made rava idli with onion tomato chutney and both came out excellent! Thank you for such good work.You are a saviour when it comes to veg recipes 🙂

  3. Hi Dassana, this is Sara hope you are in a good state, Let me tell you, your recipes are amazing, you explain it in a very easy way, you make it so easy for us to understand the best part is that you show in pictures step by step which no other person does.. Thanks alot for sharing your amazing delicious recipes. I love Veg Recipes of India 🙂

    • yes i am good sara. hope the same for you. thanks for the sharing your views on the presentation of the recipes. i am glad that you are liking the recipes. stay blessed and happy cooking.

  4. Hi Mam,

    This blog is so insipring. Can we totally avoid soda in this receipe please? What’s the impact? Pls let us know

  5. These idlis turned out great. I tripled the recipe and added just 1/4 tsp baking soda to the tripled recipe. The idlis fluffed up nicely. My husband and kids loved these soft and yummy idlis and kids wanted to packed it in their school lunch box too. Next time, I plan to add grated carrots and other veggies.

    The rava idlis I had tried to make in the past have never come out well and even the ones I have eaten outside were not to my taste. I would never have tried to make rava idlis if not for the fact that all recipes I have tried from your site have turned out so good. After using many recipes from your site, I have started to like so many dishes which I didn’t use to like earlier. And that has made me more adventurous in cooking and trying dishes which I had an aversion too.

    You really have magic in your fingertips to bring forth the best with ingredients. Keep up the great work.

    • thanks deepa for this detailed comment. this recipe can be easily doubled or tripled. of course you can add some grated veggies. it tastes very good with some grated carrots, capsicum and peas.

      usually whenever we have a dislike for some dish, its because we have not got the correct taste and flavor of that particular dish. had we eaten the dish the way it is made, one would not have a dislike or aversion. i knew someone who had an aversion to thai curries. but when i made it, he really liked it and said it was different than what he had eaten. if the recipe is made correctly and rightly with the correct method and technique, then the aversion or dislike won’t be there as you will get to have the authentic and real taste of the dish.

      its the blessings of the goddess that gives the magic and helps me to create good recipes 🙂

  6. Thank you very much for the recipe. The idlis came out very well. I took a short cut by roasting rava along with the tempering. Thank you once again.

  7. Very soft and deliscious idlis. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I made it in the microwave and apart from it being very slightly crumbly, it was perfect.

  8. Thank you for this recipe… The rava idlis came out really well.. One of those rare days when my son completed his tiffin and also told me he liked it… made my day!!! 🙂

  9. tried this and it came out awesome !
    I didn’t expect this much of softness with an instant idly not to forget that too with sooji coz my oats instant idly with cracked wheat always turns out awesome but when I substitute cracked wheat with sooji NOPE ..

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe

  10. Hi Dassana,

    How are you??Wanted to ask that is it fine to add eno/baking soda when making this rava idli for 4 yr and 1.5 year old kids . I had sooji at home so got interested to make this idli but when I saw eno…i stopped there itself and didn’t go ahead with the recipe coz there’s no point in going through it if its not useful for kids…btw…why do we add eno??

    • teena, i am good. eno or baking soda is added to give some porousness, lightness and softness in the idlis. otherwise the idlis become dense and slightly hard. since i have made rava idlis without adding eno or baking soda, i know how the texture is. since the batter is not fermented overnight there is no leavening happening in it. for the leavening action to happen eno or baking soda is used. if eno is your concern, then you can still skip it but the idlis will have some denseness in them.

  11. Hi Dassana,

    Last night I Just kept the mixture ready… Morning I added curd and followed ur
    instructions.
    Rava idli turned out super delicious… Thanks for the recipe… I made tomato chutney and peanut chutney too..
    Appreciate your effort.
    Thanks

    • dipica, could be due two reasons. one is less water in the batter and second reason is baking soda/eno not fresh. you can also try increasing the baking soda than what is mentioned in the recipe. hope this helps.

  12. I loved your recipe for instant rawa idli. I often make them in breakfast. They turn out really well as they are soft and fluffy. Thank you for this time saver and delicious idea.

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