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semolina idli

Do you love Idlis ? But feel boring and time consuming to make idlis often at home coz of soaking and fermentation process ? Here’s a quick fix solution for all idli lovers,presenting you the Karnataka native ” Instant Rava Idli / Instant Semolina Idli ” recipe. Though Rava idli has become very famous now allover India but it was MTR from Karnataka ( popular restaurant chain and food manufactures ) who first invented it.These Rava idlis are one of the most hot selling dish in Bangalore Fast Food joints.

semolina idli

In my home we all love rava idli and i often make them as they are : steamed n healthy ; instant breakfast option and most important a very good dish to empty off the left over sour curd.Though no fermentation of batter is done, the final idlis are soft and porous .Addition of fried dal ,cashews and veggies makes it more tastier and spicier ,great way to beat any hint of bland from the idly. So you know next time what to make when you have a stock of sour curd or you have to fix something in jiffy for those unexpected guests .. dunk them with chutney / sambar / kurma and enjoy .

semolina idli


Smitha Kalluraya
Course Breakfast
Cuisine south indian
Servings 4 portion


  • 1 cup Coarse Rava /Semolina/ Sooji
  • 1 cup sour curd /buttermilk
  • 1 tsp Eno/ fruit salt
  • as required Water, - **REF NOTES .2
  • as required Salt
  • 1 tbsp Oil to temper + for greasing
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Split Black gram Urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp Bengal Gram Chana Dal
  • Few Cashew, , broken (optional)
  • 1 tsp Ginger, ; very finely chopped / grated
  • 2 - 3 Green Chillies, ; very finely chopped
  • Few Curry Leaves, ; very finely chopped
  • 1 tbsps carrot, Grated
  • Coriander leaves, - little ; finely chopped

To garnish (optional)

  • carrot, gratings
  • Cashew


  • In a wide pan or kadai heat oil, add the mustard seeds chana dal and urad dal, wait for them to splutter and change in color.Now add the cashew and once they change color, add curry leaves ,ginger and green chilies. Saute till they become crisp.
  • Next add rava and roast for 2-3 minutes (under medium-low flame). Rava getting warm and aromatic is enough.You need not roast it much ( as you do for upma).Switch off.
  • Rava idli mixture is ready.Transfer it to a bowl and allow it to cool.**REF NOTES 4
  • Add grated carrot and chopped coriander leaves.Mix.
  • Once it cools ,add curd and salt to the rava and mix well.Now check the consistency of the batter.It should be flowy but little thick consistency. So gradually add water (1/4 -1/2 cup of water might be needed if using curd ) **REF NOTES 2.Let it sit for 15-20 mins. The batter might become little thick again, so again add little water if required.
  • Meanwhile,grease the idli plates . Place a roasted cashew nut,carrot gratings and coriander leaves in each mould ( optional, if you like to decorate your idli ) .
  • Heat water in a steamer / cooker.When the water in the steamer starts boiling, add eno and to the batter and mix gently, you will see bubbles coming out. Immediately pour in the idly moulds and place in the steamer to cook.  **REF NOTES 3.
  • Steam cook for about 12- 15 mins.Insert a knife/ toothpick in the center of the idly to check if its done ( if it comes clean , its done ). Switch off and allow it to cool a bit .
  • Remove the idlis from the moulds using a spoon .Serve them hot with coconut chutney / Sambar / Veg sagu / Veg kurma / Chutney Powder , potato saagu
    semolina idli


  1. Curd should be sour enough to make good tasty idli otherwise it will taste bland. Instead of curd you can also use sour buttermilk . I normally use buttermilk .
  2. Quantity of water depends on the thickness of the curd .If the curd is thick ,more water is required for the desired consistency .If using buttermilk,water might not be required. So check and add water. Make your judgement.
  3. If you have more batter,divide them into parts and add eno fruit salt to each part separatelyjust before steaming idlies. This is very important for softness of rava idli.Also,idli s have to be steamed as soon as you add ENO.
  4. Above rava idli mix without adding grated carrot ,can be stored in airtight container for few days and used as and when required.This makes work more quicker.
  5. Addition of veggies is your choice. If you like it plain , you can make it with simple tempering omitting carrot.
  6. You can add other vegetables too to this idli like corn / peas / capsicum / dil leaves etc.
  7. Few people instead of ENO use baking soda. But i feel ENO gives better taste and texture to this idli. Also more healthy .

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  • Reply
    Linsy Patel
    June 6, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    love the toppings on the idlis, perfect for breakfast.

  • Reply
    Sony P
    June 6, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    love this instant breakfast……. Idly looks tasty!

  • Reply
    Sathya Priya
    June 6, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    My husbands very favourite .Looks wonderful .Bangalore Rava idlies are so special ,i know .

  • Reply
    June 6, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    I loved the topping too.. Perfect soft and Spongy idlis… Yummy..

  • Reply
    prachi agarwal
    June 6, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    its healthy and quick idli……………….

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    nandoos Kitchen
    June 7, 2014 at 3:16 am

    nice quick idly.. Love it. On-going event: Healthy breakfast.

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    Nalini Somayaji
    June 7, 2014 at 10:21 am

    perfect Rava idli ..

  • Reply
    remya sean
    June 7, 2014 at 10:54 am

    idly looks tasty..

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    June 7, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Looks lovely. My hubby’s fav 🙂

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    Gayathri Sathyanarayanan
    June 7, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Rava idlis looks soft and yummy.

  • Reply
    Sangeetha Priya
    June 9, 2014 at 12:29 am

    gr8 quick fix recipe!!!

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    marudhus kitchen
    June 13, 2014 at 10:18 am

    It looks perfect and yummy………

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    June 1, 2015 at 3:21 am

    This batter does not need to graind?

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    June 1, 2015 at 6:16 am

    No Rashmi . no need to grind…

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    lity li
    August 17, 2015 at 6:53 am

    Going to try this yummy idli :-)Idli recipe/microwave

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