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Rava - idli

Rava idli is one of the easiest breakfast recipes which helps me when i run out of idli dosa batter... Very recently i started making this idli at home and i have made this 3-4 times so far..Sendhil loves this a lot.. It comes out very soft and porous . I got this recipe from Aval vikatan’s restaurant style recipes supplementary book.The softness of this idli lies in the consistency of batter,addition of curd & ENO fruit salt or cooking soda.You can try this recipe without Eno.In that case,add cooking soda as given in the recipe.But i have not tried using cooking soda.To make it a healthy breakfast recipe, my MIL adds grated carrots,cabbage and cooked peas.So i too make it this way.Rava idli tastes the best when served hot with coconut chutney..Try this simple recipe and let me know how u liked it..

Rava idli closeup

  • Sooji / Rava – 1 cup
  • Fresh curd – 1 cup
  • ENO fruit salt – 1 tsp OR Cooking soda – 1 tsp
  • Salt & water – As needed
To temper
  • Oil – 1.5 tsp
  • Ghee – 1.5 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Channa dal – 2 tsp
  • Pepper corns – 1 tsp
  • Jeera – 1 tsp
  • Finely chopped ginger – 1 tsp
  • Finely chopped green chilli – 1 no
  • Cashewnuts – 5 nos
  • Coriander leaves – few (chopped)
Lemon juice – Few drops (optional)

  • Dry roast rava for 5-6 minutes in low flame without changing its color. Set aside.In a wide kadai or cooker base , add oil and ghee. Temper mustard seeds , urad dal, channa dal , ginger , pepper corns , jeera , Finely chopped ginger , green chillies. Saute well till pepper corns starts to splutter.Add the roasted rava , mix well.
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  • Switch off the flame and allow it to cool.After the mixture cools down completely , add the curd ,salt , lemon juice and the required water. Mix well. The consistency of the batter should not be too thick or too thin. It should be pourable like idli batter..The mixture takes 1/2 cup – 3/4 cup of water to get the right consistency.
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  • Before making idlies , add the eno fruit salt..Eno should be active such that as soon as u add ENO , u should get bubbles..Finally add the chopped coriander leaves. Mix well…Grease the idli plate and pour the batter.Steam it for 12-15 minutes.Remove and enjoy eating hot !
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rava idli piece

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  1. Rava idli look so yummy! Perfectly done!!

  2. my kids love rava, and sometimes making idli batter is very tedious... i'm going to try this soon...

  3. It's my fav....looks just perfect

  4. Feel like grabbing the plate..Super delicious idlies :)

  5. wow what an inviting breakfast... wish come to ur place for those plates...

  6. Love this super soft and filling idli,i do quite often whenever i ran out of idli batter..Delicious platter.

  7. Perfect healthy breakfast..yummy

  8. Rava Idli is too nice. It's an traditional reicpe. Since when i was kid my grand parents used to prepare this and feed me. By watching this i got the memories. Thanks for posting such a nice recipe. Great one. Here i came across one place for food. For further assistance. ClicFood

  9. Delicious!! Just made rava idlis or brunch couple of Sundays ago!

  10. Rava idli looks so soft ,yumm.

  11. Mouthwatering rava idli. Superb presentation.

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  12. Wonderful recipe. I found some heart shaped Idli Plates when am searching for my kitchen appliances and found this product I tried this recipe with this plates and got great complement from my family.. Kids were enjoyed the shape..

    1. Thanks a lot Priyaa Shekar :) I am glad u all liked it :)

  13. Thanks for this recipes.Last night i tried it it came very yummy and delicious everybody like in my home your recipes.Thanks for sharing this recipes
    Homemade rava idli


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