Rava Idli

1 Apr

Rava idlilu

Rava Idli is a variation of normal idli. Rather than using rice, rava idli uses sooji / tella godhuma nooka. Most popular in Karnataka (invented by MTR), these rava idlies are made of tempered semolina mixed with sour yogurt and steamed in idli moulds. Typically served with coconut chutney or ginger chutney and onion sambar or sagu. Rava idli are soft and fluffy.
Makes: 8 rava idli


Semolina 1 1/2 cup
Plain Yogurt 3/4 cup
Green Chiles 2
Ginger 1/2 inch piece
Grated Carrot 2 tbsps
Cilantro few sprigs
Curry Leaves a few
Mustard Seeds 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida / hing a pinch
Soda bi carb a big pinch
Whole Cashews 8
Oil 1 tbsp
Salt to taste

Method of preparation:

Wash, peel and grate the ginger.
Remove stems, wash and chop green chiles.
Clean, wash and finely chop cilantro.
Break cashews into halves and roast them until light golden brown.

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, curry leaves, ginger, green chiles and hing.
When mustard seeds start to splutter and ginger starts to change color, add semolina.
Remove from heat and let the semolina roast a bit.

Pour the mixture into mixing bowl, stir in yogurt, carrot, cilantro, soda bi carb and salt.
Add sufficient water and make thick flowy batter (thicker than dosa batter and thinner than idly batter).
Let the batter rest for couple of minutes before using.

Grease idly moulds with oil or ghee, place couple of cashews in the mould and fill the idli mould with the prepared rava idli mixture.
Steam the idlis for 5 – 7 minutes and use immediately.
Serve rava idli with coconut chutney, sagu or sambar.
Notes: Don’t overcook rava idli.

Suggestions: Rava idli are hard – add more water to thin the idli batter.
Alternatively, add little bit more of soda bi carb to make rava idli soft.
Variations: Rava idli varies in its tempering ingredients. Roasted or soaked chana dal, urad dal and cumin seeds can be added to rava idli batter along with grated coconut.
Other Names: Rawa idli, rawa idly, rava idly, semolina idli, sooji idly, suji idli.

16 Responses to “Rava Idli”

  1. Asha April 1, 2009 at 12:20 pm #

    Yummy yum yum!! Love the whole Cashew in there, good one! 🙂

    We are going to Maui for vacation this June, can’t wait to see the Ocean there, staying in Sheraton at Lahaina.YAY!:D

    • anusharaji April 1, 2009 at 12:33 pm #

      envy envy 🙂
      heavenly place….wish we can go again sometime

  2. SUNITHA April 1, 2009 at 3:52 pm #

    Thank you Anushaji. please also post receipe for rava dosa. every one in my family love rava dosa but i dont know how to make this!

  3. drishya April 3, 2009 at 9:21 am #

    superb .very very tasty ……….. thank u somuch .iam staying in qatar. I enjoy eating rava idli .

  4. venkatraman Kalyani April 6, 2009 at 10:29 pm #

    I would like to know “How to make kara puri” which I have tasted at madikare in coorg area. Please send the receipe


  5. Le @HC April 21, 2009 at 4:32 pm #

    Nice Idlis.. Im craving for idlis and googled rava idlis and here i am.. Nice pics of the idlis…

  6. Mrs.ruchika mehra July 22, 2009 at 4:52 am #

    Oh ! its so yummy .Now I can make the rava idli every day for my husband.

    • anusharaji July 22, 2009 at 9:05 am #

      @Mrs.ruchika mehra thx. try adding your mix of tempering, grated vegetables and greens for a variation.

  7. mayuri November 10, 2009 at 6:31 am #

    wow?its yummy item.i makle it.everybody sais its yummy item.thanks

  8. anu radha January 22, 2010 at 11:28 pm #

    it looks very tasty thank you so much to place this recipe

  9. Raji January 25, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    thx guys.

  10. misha rai October 2, 2010 at 6:58 am #

    wow! it so yummy i liked it very much . thanks

  11. priyanka bhandari November 18, 2010 at 8:21 am #

    idlis as i am 4am andhra i love this yummy yummy idli wohhhh…..any time enjoyng.thanks 2 u…

  12. asha radhakrishnan February 5, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    just wanted to tell u that i tried these idlis with 250 ml of
    buttermilk nd they came out very well nd fluffy, rava is also xtremely gud 4 diabetics

  13. nandini shrivastav March 31, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    i m a college student and i like to make a food or to make a new dishes. and i love your dish really so pls keep continue with this and make a new dishes continue

  14. muskaan September 18, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    verrrrrrry…………………………………….yummmy my husband loves rava idly a lot nv. thnx

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