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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Rava Idli Recipe - How to make Rava Idli

Rava Idli Recipe
Rava Idli(Rava Idly) is my fav and I have been enjoying ammas rava idli since my childhood days. She uses baking soda only occasionally still her idlis were soft. Seen her making rava idlis with so much ease and perfection, I havent tried any other sources like the MTR mix or the restaurant ones.
Rava Idly
I have tried this recipe several times and it works like a charm.Give this a try and am sure you will agree with me too :) You can either use ENO fruit salt / baking soda as per your preference.
Rava Idly Recipe

Rava Idli Recipe Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes: around 10
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: North Indian

Rava/Sooji - 1 cup
Curd - 1/2 cup
Carrot - 1/4 cup packed
Hing(Perungayam) - 1/8 tsp
Water - little less than 1/2 cup (adjust according to consistency)
Cashews - 5 to 6 broken and few whole cashews
Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp chopped finely
Baking Soda (or) Eno fruit salt - 3/4 tsp
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad Dhal - 1/4 tsp
Channa Dhal - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch(optional)
Oil - 3 tsp
Ghee - 1 tsp

Method:

  1. Soak channa dhal in water for 15mins, Set aside. Roast cashews in little ghee till golden brown and keep aside.Reserve few whole cashews too. Set aside.
    How to make rava idli - Step1
  2. Add oil + remaining ghee and add the items under 'to temper' - Allow to splutter then add turmeric powder,hing and carrot and saute until it shrinks and raw smell leaves. Then add rava and roast for 3mins.Cool down for few mins and keep aside.
    How to make rava idli - Step2
  3. Transfer this mixture to curd,add broken cashews, chopped coriander leaves,salt and mix well.Add baking soda / eno fruit salt and mix, it will become frothy. Add water little by little(as required) to form idly batter consistency.After mixing do not let it sit for more time.
    How to make rava idli - Step3
  4. Place each roasted cashew upside down on the idli plate. Pour the batter immediately into the idli moulds and steam it for 5-8 mins. Insert a knife or fork in the middle and check - If it comes out clean then ur idlis are done else steam it for few more mins.Allow it to rest for 5mins then unmould.
    How to make rava idli - Step4
Top it ghee and Serve hot with any chutney of your choice!

Rava Idli Recipe - Restaurant style

My Notes:

  • Make sure you dont allow the batter to rest , after baking soda is added.
  • You can use enofruit salt for best results likes the ones we get in restaurants. It gives a more porus texture.But baking soda does a good job too.
  • You can even add green chilli paste for spice level.
Rava Idli


Written by: SHARMILEE J

72 comments:

  1. Love rava idli. Coincidently, I too have exactly the same post sitting in my draft at the moment! Urs looks beautiful!

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  2. so soft n delicious looking rav idly...i too have tried with both baking soda n eno salt but with eno salt it turned so soft n yummy...yours looks too inviting!!

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  3. If I donot add baking soda can I prepare this batter before hand and use it?

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  4. Love this super catchy and yummy idlis.

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  5. Very tempting idlis and beautifully explained. It has been a long time since i made this

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  6. Absolutely delicious rava idly looks so spongy and soft..perfectly made.

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  7. @Uma : Even if you dont use soda, it is recommended to use it immediately as the curd will soon be absorbed....

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  8. The idlis look perfect, love this recipe as there is no fermenting! Lovely clicks!

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  9. One of my fav breakfast..looks delicious

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  10. rava idlis are a great tiffin and yours looks very soft and spongy. love the cashews placement...
    sowmya
    http://nivedhanams.blogspot.in/

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  11. Tempting Idlies....

    http://recipe-excavator.blogspot.com

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  12. Looks soft. perfect recipe..:)

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  13. Perfect rava idlis,loved the clicks as well.

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  14. Have to try this.Idlis look so soft and pretty too!

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  15. Soft idlis..This is our fav too!!!! About how many idlis do u get for the above qty?
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  16. Thanks Sharmilee for your reply. I was wondering if could prepare the batter before hand like one day before instead of doing all work in the morning.

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  17. Lovely clicks dear..Idli looks super soft and delicious..

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  18. @Prathima: Makes around 8 idlies
    @Uma: No use it immediately

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  19. Yum! Rava idlies are my hubby's fav. I make them often using MTR mix, but now am definitely trying this, cos am sure this is going to be better :) Thanks Sharmilee :)

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  20. I so much love the pics in this post. Arranging the cashew that way is a classic idea :)

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  21. Made this today and loved them! The eno really helped keep them airy, rather than like steamed upma pucks (which was my problem before). Will be having them tonight with tea. Thank you!

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  22. very yummi....i like ur recipes. n when i saw ur pics, automatically get interest to do ur recipes...

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  23. I tried this out, but my idli's are not soft as like our usual idli's, its bit hard and sticky..What's the reson for it, pls help me put...:(

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  24. @Ramesh : It may be becos of the inactiveness of baking soda else overcooking also results in hard idlis...

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  25. Hey sharmilee

    Looks so delicious. I have never tried preparing rava idli. Would love to try this out.

    Preeti
    Http://weliciousdelicious.blogspot.com

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  26. Today i tried rava idlies it so yummy....thanks

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  27. Sharmi, what if I don't get the Eno fruit salt? Can I skip it?

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  28. @Sheetal : You can use eno fruit salt or baking soda...

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  29. Hi..sharmi... I'm recently married. I actually impress my husband with all ur style of cooking.... Guess what?? He's completely flattened. Thanks to u. Ur rava idle..is mind blowing

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  30. Hi..sharmi. I'm recently married.i flattened my husband with all ur style of cooking.he's completely impressed. Thanks to u. Ur rava idle..is superb..

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  31. Thanks Sharmi i would like to try this recipe wanted to make change in the breakfast menu thnx once again and last but not the least the pictures are really too good just by seeing the pictures anyone will be able to make it keep it up thnk

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  32. Thnks for changing my breakfast menu will surely try it out,have tried ready to use but didn't turn well last but not the least the pictures are amazing by looking at them any new comer can make the recipe.

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  33. Hi Sharmi.........it would be a great help if will plz tell me whether baking soda and sweet/khana soda is a same thing or baking soda and baking powder is same.........

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  34. @Nidhi : Baking soda is what I have used ...we call it aapa soda in tamil..not sure of khana soda....baking powder and baking soda are totally different

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  35. Thanks so much for a superb recipe :) Tried it the same day, turned out really well.
    Loved the idea of placing the cashew on the plate. Gave a gr8 look. Pics were really helpful..

    Thanks again..

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  36. Simply stupendous and inviting rava idlis.
    Deepa

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  37. I made it today 4 breakfast...
    came out excellent...
    made my day.. thank you so much...

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  38. hi sharmi,

    tried ur rava idly recipe tdy.
    rava idly came out super soft.....infact it was softer than normal idly....
    i increased curd to 1 cup as suggested by my frnd....apart from it followed everythg same from urs.......
    awsome recipe - thanx for guiding us

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  39. came off very well but i my salt proportion little high. so had to add a karandi of raw rava again however the taste and the porous was good. Mittu also liked it. he played with one iddly and had half iddly....

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  40. @Sharmilee, I tried this rava idly for break fast. My idly was so so hard. I don't know why it become that much hard. It was hard like stone. :( . My first attempt was bad. I tried as per your given instruction. I don't where it went wrong. I wanna to have soft idly. Please help me out.

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  41. hi sharmilee, I tried this idly today. it came out super soft. but it smells like cake batter. I have added 1 tsp of cooking soda.whats the problem? please help me

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  42. Hi Sharmi,

    How many idlis (approx) will 1 cup of rava make? I always end up messing this bit O.o. I need to make about about 15 idlis, how many cups of rava would that be?

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    1. It will make 5-6 idlis so for 15 idlis use 2.5 cups which will be accurate I guess.

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  43. Hi Sharmi, made this today for dinner.. with... guess what.. godhuma rava.. the measurements work perfectly for wheat rava also.. I used eno fruit salt and got 6 idlis for 1 cup (rice cooker cup)... I always stress that I cannot make rava idli softly... not anymore... Thank you so very much for the simplest and foolproof recipe.. Nothing left to click.. Am surely gonna click and post next time..

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  44. I prepared them today for breakfast and they were yummy and soft... idli pics looks inviting...

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  45. i never add carrots and cashew befor it... looking delicious... going to make it

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  46. Hi which rava we have to use.........

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  47. Hi, can I make this without soda/eno ? The pictures look awesome as always Sharmilee. I also wanted to know if you used Chiroti Rava or normal upma rava - because the rava seems really fine in the pics!

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    1. With soda / eno idlis will be hard...so I recommend using either one atleast. It is upma rava the white rava fine variety...

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    2. Thank you so much Sharmilee... I had bookmarked this recipe yesterday - did not have soda/eno - had everything else - so I tried it as is today morning for breakfast without checking your reply to my comment. It came out hard.. :( will have to convert it into Idli Upma / kaima idlis from your blog by deep frying the idli chunks!

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    3. Sharmi,

      How was your mom able to achieve perfect soft idlis without soda/eno. Please tell the tip.

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    4. There is no tip all....use sour curd that makes it softer

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  48. Great recipe and tempting pictures yaar! Yummy Yummy! Tried it out today and it came out extremely well! Hats off to you! :-)

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  49. superb.......today I had it for breakfast my kids really loved it. Thank you Sharmi...

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  50. Hi Sister,
    I tried your rawa idli. It tasted great. I simply followed your steps. I love everything made from ravai except rava upma. But unfortunately my mother knows only that. Until now I had no other choices than going to restaurant for my favorite recipes. Now you people in the blogging world are widening my food basket. Thanks a lot.....I follow your blog regularly. You are doing a great job. Keep the going good.

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  51. Hi

    I tried your recipe and the idlis came out very nice. I made two changes to the recipe

    a. I added one cup curds for the one cup rava
    b. I used 3/4 teaspoon Baking soda instead of Eno.

    Since the idlis were very porous, next time I want to reduce baking soda to 1/2 teaspoon. I read someplace that baking soda is more powerful than Eno.

    Keep up the good work.

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  52. I tried this recipe last night and the rava idlis came out so well. Thank you!!

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  53. Hi.. I tried this recipe and it tasted good... I made using broken wheat(lapsi), felt I should have added more curd... also as you are a mom, please tell me how safe is baking soda/eno for a toddler. Also im finding difficulty accessing breakfast & dinner menu from main page using my mobile... getting java error... am I the only one who is facing this issue???

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    1. 3/4 tsp soda is ok to give but if you are still cautious then skip it and proceed...ur idlis will be slightly hard if you dont add soda but sure it will be edible.Yes for broken wheat / wheat rava it may require more curd....
      Not really sure about the issue will check into it, havent got any complaints from anyone else, I will check it myself.

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