Rava Idli Recipe

by Aishwarya

Rava Idli is the best breakfast dish that I learnt from my mother. I first tasted rava idli when I was 10 and I am still not able to forget that moment. Thats when I strongly decided to learn cooking. My mother used to prepare this every sunday as i could enjoy it well without having the tension of getting late for school!!

Rava Idli RecipeThere are many instant mixes available in the market. But trust me, nothing gives you the satisfaction of preparing this dish entirely in your kitchen. The taste differs so much that you will start hating the instant ones. Right then, lets concentrate on the lesson now without wasting more time… :) Rava Idly tastes best with Coconut chutney so make sure you read Coconut Chutney Recipe aswell. Just make a note of what goes into making this wonderful mouth-watering dish:

Ingredients in the Rava Idli Recipe:

  • Rava: 1 cup (medium thickness)
  • Finely chopped green chillies: 2-3
  • Channa Dal: 1 tea spoon
  • Grated carrot: 3/4 cup
  • Mustard seeds: 1/2 tea spoon
  • Soda: 1/4 tea spoon
  • Cashews : 1 tbl spoon (adds a little zing to the dish)
  • Ginger paste: 1/2 tea spoon
  • Freshly grated coconut: 2 tbl spoon
  • Coriander leaves: 2-3 strands
  • Yogurt or curd: 1 cup
  • Oil: 1-2 tbl spoon
  • Salt to taste

Rava Idli Recipe:

  1. Heat the oil and add mustard seeds.
  2. When they start popping, add ginger paste, green chillies, channa dal and allow them to splutter for sometime.
  3. Reduce the heat and immediately add rava, mix well.
  4. Add salt, soda, carrot, coriander leaves, coconut, curd and mix well.
  5. Leave it for around 30 mins ( something like fermenting).
  6. Smear the idli cups with a little oil or wet it with water. this will prevent the idlies from sticking to the surface
  7. and helps in easy clean-up.
  8. Keep one full cashew at the center of every cup and then pour the mixture on top ( so that, when the idlies are removed, the
  9. cashew can be seen on the top).
  10. Steam for around 12-15 mins ina pressure cooker (Just like the cooking time of normal idlies).
  11. Serve hot.

Additional Information along with Rava Idli Recipe:

Serving: Serves 2
Preparation Time: 30 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins
Difficulty Level: Very Easy
Calories: 288

I hope you enjoyed the recipe of Rava Idli. Please leave a comment below if you have any questions or if you want to just post about your experience on Rava Idlis.


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Rashmi April 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm

In your procedure you say ,
3. Reduce the heat and immediately add rava, mix well.
4. Add salt, soda, carrot, coriander leaves, coconut, curd and mix well.
5. Leave it for around 30 mins ( something like fermenting).
you never said when to switch off the heat ? when to switch off ?

Also tell me what is your one cup = how many grams ?

because this has to go with soda .

proper ratio is must.

B.J.MADHU April 15, 2011 at 7:52 pm

eazyto prepare my kids love it .

Dr.Hemani Sukhija April 21, 2011 at 6:59 am

Hi, I checked out lots of recipes of rava idli. All of them having either eno fruit salt or cooking soad. Can anyone please tell me the recipe of making rava idlis withoue eno or soad. I need to try the traditional rava idli recipe. Can someone please help.

pinky May 2, 2011 at 8:14 am

it is yummy.

tamanna sharma June 15, 2011 at 10:10 am

thnx fr telling vei easy method………..:)

srimathy September 15, 2011 at 11:02 am

Hey Aishwarya, ur recipe is so nice that i got a good comment from my husband after i tried it. Thank u so much!!!

Tejaswini November 13, 2011 at 10:01 am

Hi shebeena,

what u have to do is add asafoetida to the mixture and leave it for nearly half an hour so that the mixture becomes soft. then u can make idli that will become soft………..

TRUPTI December 30, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Hi Aishwarya

Nice to see the recipe on the blog. Thnx you so much.

Tina January 26, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Dear Aishwarya,
your recipes for idli, dosa and coconut chutney seem easy and beg to be tried out – I plan attempt these soonest. Do you have a recipe for sambar posted anywhere. Thanks.

Anshu - Chinese Idli May 1, 2012 at 9:33 am

Wonderful recipe. Thanks for sharing it!!

Have you ever tried making idlis in chinese style?

If not and interested in the recipe, visit my blog. You can make the idlis in your style but, to give it a chinese punch you can explore my recipe.

pratima October 26, 2012 at 11:01 am

hi Aishwarya one cup curd is enough for one cup rava? or we should mix some water?

arjun July 14, 2013 at 4:40 am

just a simple reciepe

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