instant rava uttapam

Instant rava uttapam recipe with step by step photos – easy, quick and tasty Uttapam made with rava (sooji or cream of wheat).

These instant uttapams can be made plain or topped with onions, tomatoes or mixed grated veggies. I have shown both the plain as well as onion-tomato version in the stepwise pics. With the recipe, you can even make mini uttapams. The recipe can be doubled or tripled too.

rava uttapam recipe

Ever since I first made these quick rava uttapams, I have made them quite a number of times later. These Jhatpat rava uttapams have a lot of pluses.

  • First very good to taste. The number one factor that should be there in any recipe.
  • Quick to make.
  • On cooling down, they still remain soft. So good for tiffin box snack.
  • No grinding.
  • No fermentation.
  • Just a soaking period of 30 minutes for the rava.

For making this instant uttapam, you will need fine sooji or rava. Most such recipes which do not require fermentation, use yogurt or buttermilk. However, I have used lemon juice and I feel the lemon juice ones taste better than the ones made with yogurt. Baking soda is essential in the recipe. If you do not have baking soda, then you could use fruit salt (eno) too.

Do try these rava uttapams and you as well as your family will love them. You can serve them with coconut chutney or mint coriander chutney.

How to make rava uttapam

1. Take ½ cup fine variety of rava (semolina) in a bowl. Do note that the rava to be added is not roasted rava.

rava in a bowl

2. Add ½ cup water.

adding water to rava

3. Mix well and keep the batter to rest for 30 minutes. You can even keep the batter for an hour.

rava uttapam batter

4. Meanwhile when the batter is resting, you can slice or chop the onions/shallots, tomatoes and green chilies. Here I have used shallots.

chopped onions tomatoes

5. Mix the chopped veggies and keep aside.

chopped veggies

6. After 30 minutes, stir the batter again. By now the rava will absorb water and the batter will thicken. If the batter looks thin, then just add a few tablespoons of rava. If very thick, then add a few tablespoons of water.

stir rava uttapam batter

7. Then add 3 tsp lemon juice.

added lemon juice to batter

8. Season with salt.

added salt to batter

9. mix very well.

mix the batter

10. Next add ¼ tsp baking soda or ⅛ tsp eno (fruit salt). You can also add ⅛ tsp baking soda, but the rava uttapam will be less light and soft.

added eno to batter

11. Stir and again mix very well.

mix the batter

Making rava uttapam

12. Heat a tawa or griddle and spread some oil. You can also use a nonstick pan. For nonstick pan, do not use oil for spreading.


13. Take the batter in a large serving spoon.

rava uttapam batter in a large serving spoon

14. Pour the batter and spread it gently. Don’t spread too much.

spreading rava uttapam batter on tawa

15. When the batter is still raw on the top, quickly add the onions-tomatoes-green chilies mix.

cooking rava uttapam

16. gently press with a spatula so that the onions and tomatoes stick to the batter. drizzle some oil on the sides and the top.

preparing rava uttapam

17. When the base is cooked and lightly browned, flip gently. cook till the onions and tomatoes are light golden or golden.

making rava uttapam

18. Flip and Serve the instant rava uttapam hot. if you want you can flip a couple of times too for even cooking.

rava uttapam

For making plain rava uttapam

19. Spread the batter evenly on the hot tava.

making rava uttapam

20. On a medium flame cook the rava uttapam.

cooking rava uttapam

21. Drizzle some oil on top.

cooking rava uttapam

22. Flip when the base is lightly golden and the top is almost done or cooked well.

cooking rava uttapam

23. Flip again once or twice.

cooked rava uttapam

24. Serve rava uttapam hot or warm. you can also stack them in a casserole and serve later.

rava uttapam

25. Serve them with coconut chutney or coriander chutney. They also go well with tomato ketchup.

rava uttapam

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Rava Uttapam

4.85 from 13 votes
These instant rava uttapam can be made plain or topped with onions, tomatoes or mixed grated veggies. I have shown both the plain as well as onion-tomato version.
rava uttapam recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:45 mins
Servings (change the number to scale):1 to 2
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


Main ingredients

  • ½ cup Fine variety of rava (sooji or semolina) or 100 grams (rava is not roasted)
  • ½ cup Water
  • 3 teaspoon Lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon Baking soda Or ⅛ teaspoon eno or fruit salt
  • Salt as per taste
  • Oil Or ghee for greasing the pan and drizzling

Optional ingredients

  • 1 Small onion, Chopped or 5 to 6 pearl onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 Small tomato, Chopped
  • 1 Green chili, Finely chopped



  • Mix the rava and water in a bowl.
  • Keep the batter to rest for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile when the batter is resting, you can slice or chop the onions, tomatoes and green chilies.
  • Mix the chopped veggies and keep aside.
  • After 30 minutes, stir the batter again.
  • Then add 3 tsp lemon juice, salt and 1/4 tsp baking soda or 1/8 tsp eno (fruit salt).
  • Stir and mix very well.

making instant rava uttapam

  • Heat a tawa or griddle and spread some oil. You can also use a non stick pan.
  • Take the batter in a large serving spoon.
  • Pour the batter and spread it gently. Don't spread too much.
  • When the batter is still raw from the top, add the onions-tomatoes-green chilies mix. 
  • Gently press the onions-tomatoes with the spatula, so that they stick to the batter.
  • Drizzle some oil on the sides and the top.
  • When the base is cooked and lightly browned, flip them gently.
  • Cook till the onions and tomatoes are light golden or golden.
  • Flip and serve hot. If you want you can flip a couple of times too for even cooking.
  • For making plain rava uttapam, cook them without any toppings.
  • Serve with coconut chutney or coriander chutney. They also go well with tomato ketchup.


  1. If making for kids then skip or reduce green chilies.
  2. You can also add chopped coriander leaves.
  3. Mix grated veggies like carrots, beetroots and finely shredded cabbage or finely chopped capsicum can also be added.
  4. You can also add grated cheese or paneer in the toppings.
  5. This recipe can be doubled or tripled.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in 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 formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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89 comments/reviews

  1. Hi… I tried this rava uttapam recipe twice. First time is was g8 but 2nd time when I made it was not that soft, I refered all the steps u suggested in the recipe just one change add soda instead of eno, I d’nt know what went wrong as uttapam were not that soft also they were sticking to pan 🙁 Any suggestions…3 stars

    • was the baking soda fresh and active. if the baking soda is past its shelf life, then the rava uttapam won’t be soft. here i think the soda is the culprit and thats why the uttapams were not soft. sticking to the pan could be as the pan was not seasoned well or the batter must have become slightly thin. for dosas and uttapams always keep one pan. and for chapatis another one. if we use the pan in which we make chapatis for making dosa, then the dosas do stick.

  2. I have made these uttapams quite a few times now, doubling and even tripling the recipe because we seem to keep running out! I add different toppings as the mood strikes. thank you for this excellent recipe.
    I would love to send pictures but I think your FB page isn’t allowing it anymore…

  3. We all miss this stuff here in Toronto. I’m really impressed by your recipes, today I’m trying cheese uttapam recipes. Thank you so much for sharing and your effort.5 stars

  4. tried it today and it came out amazing! I used curd instead of lemon juice.. thanks for the super recipe.

  5. pan i used is not non stick so whole better stick to it ….! vt to do to make nice plated uttpum

    • firstly use a thick bottomed pan. also season the pan. where in you heat the griddle and then apply oil. let the oil get heated and then switch off the griddle. wipe the oil. again apply oil and let the griddle cool. store the tawa with the oil on it. you can repeat the first step twice or thrice. when you want to cook, heat the tawa and wipe off the oil. then proceed with the recipe.

  6. Ho thank u alot alot for ur delecieise recipes i m not indian but i learn so many snacks from you my husband is very happy to eat my food thank u again and again

  7. Hi.i often visit this site n i must its really good i hav tried many of ur recipies n they ol hv turned out so well em very fond of cooking n ur blog help me a lot. Em also fond of South Indian dishes.i tried this one n i dnt hv words to tell u hw gud it turned out no tension of soakng fermentation grinding . It turned out jst too gud. Thanks a lot.

  8. Hi,
    I soak sooji about 30 min.water is absorbed by sooji..I need to add water again.batter consistency should be like dosa batter

  9. Hello, mam I tried this recipe for yesterdays breakfast n everyone liked it in my home
    Thanks for such quick easy n nice recipe





  11. hi
    I tried it first time.but the batter did not spread evenly. plz tell what should i do.but its delicious….4 stars

    • the batter does not spread like the dosa batter. hence we need to make small to medium sized rava uttapams. just spread the batter lightly and not like the way we spread dosa batter. the batter has to be slightly thick.

  12. Tried the recipe for today’s breakfast. It’s quite simple yet very tasty. Served it with gun powder, and it tasted delicious 😀5 stars

  13. Hi Ma’am,
    Tried these uttapams today for breakfast.. They were very soft and yummy. Thanks a lot

  14. hi amit.
    can we use wheat rava/lapsi/daliya for this dosa.
    no one in my family likes this rava except for me. wanna a give a try with this rava though they liked it with normal sooji.

      • Hi amit

        I made this with. Daliya few days back. Forgot to tel u how it turned out. I grinded daliya as u suggested and also added ginger and green chilli. It was really good.
        Next on wishlist is masoor dal for tiffin box…

        Thank u for all ur recipes. I hve become a regular/ frequent reader of ur blog. I keep checking every now and then. And our daily meal starts with ur recipes. Theg never fails. Touchwood. Thanks again

  15. Your two recipe had made my day..breakfast with rava hubby who was not fond of much south indian breakfast was like one more one more.. And in lunch we had the awesome pressure cooker biryani.. equally hit at my home..thanks a lots for all these recipe u r sharing..5 stars

  16. Hi Dassana,

    I am a web designer by profession but enhancing my cooking skills with your help.

    I really appreciate your attempt to share your wonderful recipes.

    I have a query for this recipe, can I soak rawa in water a night before, as my hubby rushes to office by 6 in the morning, so I have less time for the preparation.

    Thanks and waiting for your response.2 stars

    • thank you sana. yes you can soak the rawa in water at night, but keep in the fridge. the result would be really soft uttapams. later you may need to add more water if the batter looks thick. add lemon juice and soda just before you prepare the uttapams.

  17. Was great! I was only able to make 4 dosas with 1/2 cup rava. If you want more, just double the recipe.5 stars

  18. Going to try it soon.Thanks for sharing this.I was waiting for this so no better timing than this.
    You are a food are truly amazing

  19. I had rava uttapam for the first time at an Indian restaurant this week, and now I just have to try making it! I’m glad that the ingredients are so simple. Thanks for all the step-by-step pictures and instructions, they are very helpful! Do you think that using a red chili rather than a green chili would be fine in this recipe?

    • thanks jen. i would suggest to use a bit red chili powder and you just need to sprinkle a light pinch of it on the onions and tomatoes when the uttapam is cooking. don’t use whole red chili. you can also use paprika or cayenne pepper instead of red chili powder.

  20. I tried it today in breakfast. Hubby loved it. I follow ur blog for new dishes and i am amazingly turning into a good cook. Keep posting. God bless u..

  21. I usually make it by mixing all the veggies in the batter and not giving any resting time. But this sounds like an amazing variation. Will try this soon. Thanks for the recipe.