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Rava Idli

Easy recipe for a sumptuous breakfast
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Resting Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 2 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: easy breakfast,, kid friendly,, weekend breakfast
Servings: 12 Idlis


  • Idli mould


  • 1 cup Rava / Semolina
  • 2 cups Curds / Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Channa dal / Bengal gram / Kadala parupu
  • 1/2 inch Ginger, grated
  • 1-2 Green chillies
  • 1 Carrot, small, grated
  • 1 tbsp Fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda


  • Dry roast the rava in a pan till it gives out a lovely aroma, around 4-5 minutes. Keep stirring it frequently to avoid blackening of the grains
  • Once roasted, set aside in a plate to cool
  • Heat the oil in the same pan and add mustard seeds and allow it to crackle
  • Add the channa dal,finely chopped or grated ginger and finely chopped green chillies and fry till the channa dal changes colour
  • Turn off the heat and add it to the rava. Add grated carrot, chopped fresh coriander, salt and mix all the ingredients to combine
  • Either add 2 cups of curds or 1 cup curds and another cup of water
  • Mix well to make a thick batter and set aside for 30 minutes
  • After 30 minutes the rava would have absorbed the curds and water and becomes a thick lump. Add baking soda and enough water to make it a batter which is slightly thicker than regular idli batter. When the batter is dropped from a ladle to the vessel, it should fall smoothly and not in lumps
  • Grease the idli moulds with a little oil and add the batter till the moulds are almost full. Steam for 12 minutes and set aside for 10 minutes
  • De-mould the idlis gently with a spoon and serve with chutney or sambhar of your choice