rava recipes | 35 sooji recipes | sweets and snacks made with semolina

Collection of 35 tasty rava recipes – Rava also known as sooji or ‘cream of wheat’ is a commonly used ingredient in Indian cuisine. Rava is used both in the North Indian as well as South Indian cuisine.

rava recipes, sooji recipes

In northern and western India, rava is used to make halwa, kheer, upma, dhokla and is also added to bhatura and poori dough. Whereas in south India, rava is used to make various breakfast recipes like instant idli, quick rava dosa, rava uttapam, kesari, kichadi, Pongal and upma.

Apart from using rava as a main ingredient in a recipe, you can also use it coat patties, sliced veggies while shallow frying. most of the rava recipes are easy and quick to make and taste good as well.


Rava Breakfast Recipes

1. Upma recipe –  savory South Indian breakfast dish made with rava. Making upma does not take much time and can be done in 15 to 20 minutes. Other Popular variations of upma are:

rava upma recipe

2. Rava idli – quick and easy idlis made with sooji. Requires no grinding and fermentation.

rava idli recipe

3. Rava dosa – easy crisp dosa made with sooji, rice flour and all purpose flour. does not require any fermentation.

rava dosa, rava dosa recipe


4. Instant rava uttapam – easy and quick uttapams made with rava. Requires no grinding and fermentation. For making these uttapams, you will need fine sooji or rava. You can also check Onion uttapam and Oats uttapam recipe.

rava uttapam recipe


5. Rava Pongal – healthy breakfast recipe of Pongal made with rava and moong dal. Pongal is a very popular South Indian breakfast recipe. Its not only delicious but also healthy and easy to make. Three more Pongal recipes on blog are:

rava Pongal recipe


6. Rava chilla  – easy breakfast recipe of chillas made with sooji. Chillas are savory pancakes made from gram flour or other lentils. Other similar recipes are:

rava chilla recipe


7. Rava dhokla – steamed, soft and fluffy cakes made from rava. this is an easy, quick and instant rava dhokla recipe and does not require fermentation. Other variations of dhokla recipes on blog are:

instant rava dhokla recipe


8. Onion rava dosa – easy lacy dosa made with sooji, rice flour, onions and all purpose flour (maida). A quick breakfast option. If you love having idli and dosa as breakfast then you can check these collections of 12 idli recipes and 28 dosa recipes.

onion rava dosa recipe


9. Khara bath recipe – savory, smooth and soft khara bhath made with mix veggies.

mtr style khara bhath recipe


9. Sooji toast recipe – easy to prepare toast with rava, onion, tomato and cream filling. Other similar recipe is this Besan toast.

sooji toast recipe


10. Tomato upma –  tangy and spicy upma made with sooji (cream of wheat), tomatoes and spices. For more tomato recipes, you can check this Collection of 26 tomato recipes.

tomato upma recipe

11. Oats Uttapam – healthy, easy and an instant recipe of uttapam made with oats, rava and besan.

instant oats uttapam recipe

11. Butter rava dosa – a variation of the popular rava dosa made with butter. Butter rava dosa is also served in many restaurants.

butter rava dosa recipe

12. Rava kichadi recipe – South Indian breakfast preparation made from fine rava. i do add some veggies in it to give some texture and nutrition. But you can skip veggies and make it without veggies also.

rava kichadi recipe

Rava Snacks Recipes

1. Shankarpali recipe – crisp, flaky, melt in the mouth fried and baked biscuits. Shankarpali is a popular festive snack from maharashtra.

sweet shankarpali recipe

2. Rava vada – these instant rava vadas are crisp and tasty vadas made with rava as the main ingredient. these vadas make for a quick evening snack and are easy to make. You can also make them as an after school snack for kids.

instant rava vada recipe

3. Maddur vada – maddur vade are crisp fried patties popular as an evening snack in Karnataka. Maddur vadas are made with a mix of rice flour, semolina, all purpose flour, onions and some herbs-spices.

maddur vada recipe


4. Paneer cutlet – easy to prepare crisp and tasty cutlets made with paneer and mix vegetables. this paneer cutlet recipe is similar to the Veg cutlet recipe. addition of paneer makes these cutlets have a soft texture and yet they are crisp from outside. For more delicious paneer recipes you can check this collection 91 Recipes made with paneer.

paneer cutlet recipe

5. Suran fry – tasty and crispy elephant foot yam fry made with minimal ingredients. These are also known as suran phodi.

suran fry recipe

6. Raw banana fry – crispy as well as tasty banana fry made with unripe bananas or plantain. These are also known as kele phodi or kelyache kaap.

raw banana fry recipe

7. Raj kachori chaat – raj kachori also called as the king of all kachoris is a Popular chaat snack from north India.  you can compare raj kachori to a large Pani puri with various chaat item stuffings in it.

raj kachori chaat recipe

8. No Yeast Bhatura – an easy and quick recipe to make bhature. Bhatura is a fried leavened bread made with all purpose flour (maida) and quite popular in north India. Bhatura taste awesome with white chickpea curry. Few chana recipes which you can make to serve with bhatura are:

  1. Chana masala
  2. Spicy chickpea curry
  3. Amritsari chole
  4. Pindi chole

easy batura recipe

12 Rava Sweets Recipes

1. Rava kesari recipe – sweet South Indian dessert made with fine rava, ghee, dry fruits and saffron.

rava kesari


2. Sooji halwa recipe – classic Indian pudding made with rava, ghee and dry fruits. Sooji halwa is often made in bulk on festive or religious occasions.

sooji halwa recipe


3. Rava ladoo recipe – this rava ladoo recipe is made with rava (sooji or semolina), coconut, powdered sugar, dry fruits and ghee. If you are planning to make ladoos then here is this handy collection of 22 ladoo recipes.

rava ladoo


4. Kesari bath – rich Karnataka style sweet made with rava (cream of wheat), sugar, dry fruits and ghee.

rava kesari bhath recipe


5. Fruit kesari – rich South Indian sweet made with cream of wheat, mixed fruits and dry fruits. You can also check other halwa varieties which I have shared in this Halwa recipes collection.

fruit kesari recipe


6. Pineapple kesari – melt in the mouth South Indian sweet made with cream of wheat, ghee, sugar & pineapple cubes.

pineapple kesari recipe


7. Sooji kheer – a quick and easy kheer made with rava. The sooji kheer recipe gets done in about 20 minutes and is so simple that even a newbie can make it easily. If you like kheer, then do check this collection of Kheer recipes.

sooji kheer recipe


8. Rava modak – sweet dumplings made with fine rava and stuffed with coconut jaggery filling. Modaks are favorite sweets of lord ganesha and often made during Ganesh Chaturthi festival.

rava modak recipe


9. Saffron sooji halwa – easy sooji pudding flavored with saffron. for the suji halwa to taste good, it should be roasted well enough without ghee and then with ghee.

saffron sooji halwa


10. Milk kesari – easy to prepare kesari or what we call sooji halwa with milk.

milk kesari recipe


11. Sooji ladoo with khoya – quick and easy to prepare melt in the mouth sooji ladoo. The ladoos are made with rava, khoya (mawa or evaporated milk solids), milk, sugar and ghee. This recipe is quick and can be prepared in less than 20 minutes. For more sweets recipes you can check this collection of 121 Sweets for Diwali festival.

rava ladoo recipe with khoya


12. Rava cake – simple, easy one bowl recipe of Goan coconut and rava cake. If you like to make eggless cakes at home then you can check this collection of 10 popular eggless cakes recipes.

eggless baath cake recipe

12. Mango kesari – smooth, silky and a really good recipe of mango kesari. you can even make mango kesari as a naivedyam or for religious occasions or pooja. Instead of water, milk can also be used. Addition of milk will make the kesari more rich. For more delicious mango recipes, you can check this Collection of 41 mango recipes.

mango kesari

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  1. Hi dear,

    Was going thru details on net regarding semolina coz had a doubt whether rawa and suji are same. Then i came across this blog of urs..read ,it is called cream of wheat…got curious…why cream…its coarse then why cream?? Then read in wikipwdia tht when the semolina is boiled it becomes a porridge and that porridge is called cream of wheat…now tht made some sense…hope u got my pt…so i guess tht rawa or sooji is not cream of wheat but boiled sooji is called cream of wheat…please notify me if am wrong..

    Thanks dear.

    1. teena, yes i got your point. i think since it used to make porridge, the raw form of sooji or rava is called as cream of wheat. in fact during our home science praticals, rava was always referred to as semolina. but when i started blogging, i came to know that rava is different than semolina and many times readers from outside india would get confused and mention that semolina they get there are large in size than rava. in fact i have also read that rava is called as farina also in some countries. even rice rava is called as cream of rice. hope my explanation makes sense ????

      1. Hi dear,

        So you replied to this ques of mine. Actually,long time back when I used to enquire on ur blog then the ques got displayed with the text that ur query in under moderation. But when I posted the above query it disappeared so I thought alt text is gone and I had already shredded all of my energies in trying to know the diff between rawa/semolina/sooji which got all the more confusing the more i tried to delve into it. So ur last line actually made me ROFL. Thanks dear for replying.

        1. teena, sometimes the query goes in the spam or trash folder. i do check the queries in these folder and then filter them out and then reply to them. this could be the reason that the query disappeared. welcome and i hope your query is solved.

    1. taken a note of the request sabrina. will try to add the recipe in some time.