Instant Rava Idli

I had not even heard of rava Idlis before marriage. For me, Idlis meant either the regular idlis or sweet/ plain Idlis that we konkanis call mudho. Rava idli came into the picture as I started going to hotels with hubby and I became a huge fan of these unique kind of Idlis.

Little did I know that it would be so easy to make them at home. One try and I have never ordered them in restaurants after that. Almost 9 years later, I can now make these Idlis even in my dreams 😀 and it is in our regular breakfast menu.

I am sure most of you must be knowing the recipe but this is for those like me who did not know about it. Even if it helps one, I will feel it’s worthwhile. Happy cooking!


Ingredients: (Makes around 8 to 10 Idlis)

1 Cup = 240 ml

1 Cup Rava / Sooji / Semolina

1/2 Cup Curd / Yogurt

1 tsp Oil

1/2 tsp Mustard seeds

1/2 tsp Cumin seeds/ Jeera

1/2 tsp split Urad dal

Few Cashews, chopped

Salt to taste

1 tsp Eno fruit salt (Substitute with 1/2 tsp baking soda + 1/2 tsp lemon juice)

Step by step recipe:

1. Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add cumin seeds, urad dal and cashews. Fry for few seconds.

2. Now add rava and fry on medium flame till it changes colour slightly and turns aromatic.

3. Immediately transfer to a bowl and allow it to cool.

4. Once cooled, add curd, salt and about 1/2 Cup water and mix well.

The consistency of the batter should be slightly thick to make good rava Idlis.

5. Now add eno fruit salt and mix once. Do not mix a lot. Just one even mix will do.

6. Put the batter into greased idli moulds and steam for 20 mins or till done.

7. Serve with a chutney of your choice or sambar.


* Don’t make the batter very thick nor thin. For 1 Cup rava, it took me 1/2 Cup curd and 1/2 Cup water to get the perfect batter.

* After adding Eno fruit salt, you must immediately steam the batter. The batter cannot be stored after adding Eno fruit salt.

* You can however fry the rava in the seasoning and store in the fridge or freezer. Add curd, salt, water, Eno fruit salt when making Idlis and steam.

* Allow the fried rava to cool before adding curd. Else it might form lumps.

* As already mentioned above, you can substitute 1 tsp Eno fruit salt with 1/2 tsp Baking soda plus 1/2 tsp lemon juice.

* You can also add grated carrots and coriander leaves to the batter, like I have added here.


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