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January 30, 2013

SOFT IDLI USING IDLI RAVA | BREAKFAST RECIPES

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idli rava idli plate 1

 

I must thank my neighbour for introducing idli rava to me Smile .. I dint know that there is something called idli rava before she told me. She used to tell me to try idli rava once but i was hesitant because idli is our staple food and i dint want to take risk using idli rava.. Then she gave me some to taste and after that i started making it in my kitchen. Now i am very much comfortable with this idli rava idli.We can make crispy dosas too.U could have tasted this type of idlies in restaurants.But in this method, idli wont be crumbly/coarse like in hotels..First thing i liked in this method is very less soaking time , just 45 mins is sufficient..It takes the soaking time of urad dal.Total process (soaking + grinding) takes 1 hour..But it needs minimum 12 - 15 hrs of fermentation time.I grind the batter in the afternoon ( around 2 pm) & make idlies the next day morning (7 am).. The batter will be fermented well.Second good thing is i grind the batter in mixie ( NO grinder cleaning  Smile with tongue out). People usually don’t grind this idli rava and they add it as it is(after soaking) to the ground urad dal batter. I too tried the same way initially but i felt the idli was very crumbly like rava idli and we dint like that taste. I wanted to bring the same taste as of our normal idli.. So i grind the rava along with urad dal batter at the end till it becomes slightly coarse. Even then i felt the idli was slightly sticky while eating.I changed the ratio of dal & idli rava , i soaked it together and grind in mixie adding ice cold water. Now i am getting the best idlies out of it. I am very happy with the result and previously my husband used to scold me when i make idli rava idlies. Nowadays he couldn’t find any difference in the texture and he is eating silently Winking smile...There is no much difference in the cost of idli rava & idly rice.Try this idli for a change and u’ll start making it often like me..Winking smile

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INGREDIENTS
  • Idli rava – 2 cups
  • white round urad dal – 1/2 cup
  • Water – 1-1.25 cups
  • Salt – As needed
METHOD
  • Wash & soak the idli rava & urad dal together for 45 minutes.. Drain the soaked water completely before grinding.
  • Grind half of its amount in mixie adding 1/2 cup of ice cold water & the required salt for 3-5 minutes.After 2 mins , open the lid ,wipe the sides & grind again.Add little more water if its necessary ..
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  • Again grind the remaining mixture adding 1/2 cup of water.( Note : Batter will be slightly coarse even if u grind for long time , no need to worry)
  • Mix both the batter using ur hand (Mixing by hand helps for fermentation)..Keep the bowl closed & allow the batter to ferment for 15 hrs minimum.
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  • The next morning , batter would have raised well . Mix it well before making idlies. Pour the batter in idli plate , steam it for 6-8 mins & enjoy with ur favourite chutney !!
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idli rava idli closeup
 
NOTE
  • The maximum amount of water it consumes while grinding is 1.25 –1.5 cups.. Adjust as per ur mixer.I used ice cold water to avoid the mixer getting heated.Normal cold water can also be used..
  • Fermentation is very important to get soft, non-sticky idlies.
  • People suggest idli rava & dal ratio as 3:1. But 4:1 is enough for soft idlies.
  • If u want , u can add  a tsp of soaked fenugreek seeds too to make it healthy..
  • U can also make crispy dosa using the same batter..
 
Idli rava dosa plate
 


42 comments :

  1. I have seen this idly rava in Indian stores but was hesitant to get it. Will try next time..

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  2. Thanks for the quick comment divya , try it ..u'll like it for sure ;)

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  3. Drooling here chitra.3 chutneys,vadai aioooooo its tempting.Slurp i will finish of in not time.

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  4. Though many of my friends do this, i never tried on my own. Looks inviting

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  5. I am drooling, idli with vada sambar and chutny? Lucky sendhil ;) Will try some time this way. Should be handy in emergencies.

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  6. Tempting .......Perfect Breakfast, makes me feel hungry :-)
    ShrutiRasoi
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  7. Have heard about idli-rava idlies, but never tried my hands on it. Thanks for the clear post Chitra! Both idli and dosa looks scrumptious!

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  8. wow hv not hear abt it.. i will try it soon any specific brand on it..idlies are too soft..

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  9. Dear Chitra
    How are you?
    i like the detailed description , method and dos and donts from your experince. I dont make idli at home ( Only dosa or Vada ha ha ) . WHat is this idli rava ? I have heard this often. How is it different from rava( suji) ? Is it a wheat product Like Caus Caus ?
    have a nice week

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  10. i too have heard abt idly rava.But i have not tried it. step by step pics are very nice. First picture makes me feels to grab the plate & eat it

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  11. Sounds simple... Now any idea where I can get idli rava in chennai

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  12. That platter looks quite inviting...looks delicious n yummm

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  13. Thanks all for the sweet comments :) @ Ushnish gosh , Thanks..idli rava is different from sooji or upma rava. Its a rava made from raw / boiled rice ie ,rice in ground form.U can call this as cream of rice too.Its available in all big stores..There are no specific brands.. I used priya, baghyalakshmi & everything works fine Please check in ur place about its availabilty.

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  14. Soft, pillowy dlis..I know what u mean ..I hate that coarse idli rawa dlis too...They turn out hard & crumbly..So mom now grinds the rawa too..:) But adding cold water is a fabulous tip..Will try it today.. :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  15. Soft and super spongy idlies,loving that crispy dosa too..Havent tried making idli with idli rava,time to give a try.

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  16. I just want that platter Chitra ....looks just so tempting

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  17. yummy and inviting recipe.. .
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  18. Idli looks so soft n spongy,never tried idli with rice rava...

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  19. Idli came out very soft. perfect!
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  20. Perfect breakfast,delicious spread.

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  21. Idli looks so perfect.. Idli-Vada 2 kinds of chutney,sambhar, oh my god.. why dont you stay near my place..

    Shree
    http://easycooknbake.blogspot.com/2012/12/event-announcement-hot-beverages-and.html

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  22. wow...the platter looks too tempting dear, soft idlis, vada, sambar, chutneys n crispy dosa...so good!!

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  23. Lovely idly. I usually make idli with idli rava (that is how I learned from my mom)

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  24. loved the pics with chutneys, sambar and vada. idli looks soft.

    Spill the Spices

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  25. oh the pics - so beautiful..... Am drooling here!!! cute presentation with different chutneys!!!
    Sowmya
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  26. Tempting clicks..Nice presentation....

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  27. The idli came out super soft, thanks for sharing dear!

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    1. Thanks a lot Treatntrick.Iam so glad u liked the idlies :)

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  28. wow..beautiful cliks n d way u present d platter i like lot....nicely made idlis..

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  29. Hi Chitra, I see a lot of people here who do not like to use idli rava or are apprehensive about it. In mu home, we have always used idli rava! My mom was a working woman and had little time (Bombay traffic and trains!!) so she always made use of this idli rava and the idli was always soft and spongy and tasty.

    I prefer idli rava too, it is less grinding, therefore time saving and results are always good ;)

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  30. this is not rava idli {suji idli} instead u have used rice coarse powder. well nice clicks , idils are really white!

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    1. Yes , this is not rava idli. This is idli using idli rava , different from our usual rava idli :)

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  31. lovely clicks chits... fab idli with combo......

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  32. Hi Chitra..first of all thank you so much for the recipe...I had idli rava with me but dint hv th correct measurement for this recipe..I tried yours and it turned out nice...

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    1. Thank u so much for the prompt feedback. U made my day !

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  33. Hi Chitra, you are a legend. Last week I tried this and true to your words, idlies were super soft and dosas were crispier with brownish tint. My hubby n kid loved them. Super simple, time saving, no grinder cleaning recipe. Kudos. U rock

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    1. Thanks a lot Nita. I am so happy to see your feedback :) U made my day !

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  34. Thank you for this time saving recipe mam.I also tried and it came out very well.

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