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September 10, 2020

Instant Ragi Idli – Ragi Rava Idli | Ragi Sooji Idli Recipe

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Instant ragi idli recipe

I have been making this instant ragi idli with ragi flour(finger millet flour in English) and rava/suji / sooji(Semolina in English) at least once in a week for the past few months. Usually I make instant ragi dosa or ragi adai. As I got bored of those dishes, I wanted to try some varieties of ragi recipes. As a result of this, I tried Instant ragi idli, ragi idiyappam and ragi mudde these days. All the dishes came out well in the first attempt itself. Still I wanted to blog them after few trials.

So today I am confidently sharing this instant ragi idli which can be prepared under 10 minutes. In this recipe, I have used equal amount of ragi flour (Nachni in Hindi, finger millet in English), unroasted suji/ Bombay rava/ Semolina along with curd, baking soda and salt. If you want to make this ragi idli without soda, you can use Eno fruit salt instead. Similarly if you want to make this idli without curd or with less curd, you should use more water and baking soda. But I would strongly recommend to use curd and use less baking soda which is good for health. Its a diabetic friendly and diet friendly recipe. People who look for weight loss can have this for dinner. It keeps your tummy full over the night.

I have tried this instant ragi idli with many side dish combination. But I felt tomato based side dishes suits well for this ragi idli as it tastes bland. So you can make tomato chutney, tomato mint chutney, tomato capsicum chutney or tomato thokku. I make one of these side dishes regularly. If you like, you can try with coconut chutney, tiffin sambar or idli podi / gun powder too.

Ok friends, lets see how to make instant ragi idli recipe with ragi flour and rava with step by step pictures and video.

Instant ragi idli

Instant Ragi Idli

Instant ragi idli recipe

Instant ragi idli recipe

Instant ragi idli recipe using ragi flour , rava / suji, curd and baking soda

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Main course
Serves: 15
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes
1 cup = 250ml
  • Ragi flour / Finger millet flour - 3/4 cup
  • Unroasted rava / Suji / Semolina - 3/4 cup
  • Curd / Yogurt - 1.5 cups
  • Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt and water - as needed
  1. In a wide bowl, mix ragi flour, unroasted rava/suji, salt and curd.
  2. Mix well and add little water to bring into thick idli batter consistency.
  3. Add baking soda at the end. Mix well and rest for 5 minutes.
  4. In the mean time, roll boil water in idli pot and grease the idli plate.
  5. Pour idli batter in greased mould and steam it for 10 to 15 minutes till tooth pick comes out clean.
  6. Remove the idli plate and rest for few minutes. Now scoop out the idli using a ladle or spoon.
  7. Serve hot with tomato, onion chutney as side dish. Tastes great !
  • In a wide bowl, mix ragi flour, unroasted rava/suji, salt and curd. Mix well.
    Instant ragi idli recipe
  • Add required water gradually and mix to make a thick batter. Do not use more water. I used 3/4 cup water but its quantity differs based on the consistency of curd. Add baking soda and mix well. 
  • Rest the batter for 5 to 10 minutes. Mix well and check the consistency of batter. It should be thick but pourable. 
  • Do not make the batter thin or watery. Idli becomes sticky and flat.
    Instant ragi idli recipe
  • In the mean time, boil water in idli pot. Grease idli plate with gingely oil. Pour idli batter in each mould. You can also make this idli by spreading cloth in idli plate.
    Instant ragi idli recipe
  • When the water starts to roll boil, keep the idli plate. Steam it for 10 to 12 minutes till toothpick comes out clean.

  • Remove the idli plate, rest for 2 minutes. Then remove the idli using a spoon or ladle.
    Instant ragi idli recipe
  • Serve hot with tomato chutney, tomato mint chutney, tomato capsicum chutney or tomato thokku. We love these side dishes. Enjoy !


  • For variations, you can ENO fruit salt instead of baking soda. Use 1/2 tsp for this recipe.
  • Do not reduce the quantity of semolina. Equal amount of ragi flour and rava helps.
  • The most important point to note is : batter should be thick and pourable. Do not make thin batter. Idli becomes sticky and flat.
Enjoy this healthy, Instant ragi idli and share your feedback with me!
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N Dmello said...

Thank you so much for this recipie. My 4 year old son and I really enjoyed it both plain and with tomato saar. It was so soft, moist and really easy to prepare.

Chitra said...

Happy to know your feedback. Thanks a lot 😍