Rava Idli

Rava idli 9

Rava Idli is my favorite tiffin. My mom used to make rava idli using MTR ready made mix. It is really good. But since I started making it from scratch, I stopped buying MTR mix. I love mixing the batter and the taste is really good too. Give this recipe a try and you will be hooked on to it.

For soft rava idli’s, the batter consistency is important. The consistency should be between watery and thick.  I used curd made from skim milk.  I used coarse rava. But if you are going to use fine rava/sooji/semolina, the amount of water used might differ. So adjust the amount of water you add accordingly.

After adding baking soda to the batter, make idli’s immediately.  I made rava idli’s for lunch and they were soft for dinner as well.  I wrapped the idli’s in a damp paper towels and microwave them for 12 – 15 seconds.

I serve rava idli’s with cilantro coconut chutney. Click here for the recipe.

The ingredients below makes 14 rava idli’s.


  • Ghee – 1 tbsp + more for roasting cashews and for greasing the idli plates
  • Mustard seed  – 1/4 tsp
  • Channa dal – 1 tbsp
  • Serrano pepper – 2 tsps, finely minced
  • Curry leaves – 8
  • Coarse Rava/sooji/semolina – 1 cup
  • Curd/ Plain yogurt – 1 cup
  • Water – 1/2 cup
  • Salt – to taste
  • Cilantro – 3 – 4 strands, chopped
  • Carrot – 1/4 cup, finely grated
  • Baking soda – 1/4 tsp
  • Cashew – 7, broken into half for garnishing


    • Heat 1 tbsp of ghee in a wok.
    • Add mustard seeds and wait till it splutters.
    • Add channa dal, serrano pepper and curry leaves.

Rava idli 1

    • When the channa dal turns golden brown; add rava and keep stirring continuously for 1 minute.

Rava idli 2

    • Turn off the heat. Let the rava mixture cool down a bit.
    • Add curd and water.

Rava idli 3

    • Add salt to taste. Mix well.

Rava idli 4

    • Let the batter sit for 15 minutes.
    • Roast the cashews in ghee until golden brown for garnishing.(optional)
    • Grease idli plates with ghee.
    • Place half a cashew in each idli mold and set it aside.

Rava idli 5

    • Add carrots, cilantro and baking soda to the batter and mix well.

Rava idli 6

    • Pour the batter into the idli molds and steam cook the idli’s.

Rava idli 7

Rava idli 8

  • Serve hot idli’s with chutney.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s