July 30, 2020

Instant Rava Idli

Instant Rava Idli

Instant Rava Idli is an easy, tasty and healthy South Indian breakfast using Rava / Semolina and Yogurt!

Rava Idli is a wonderful keeper recipe for me when I run out of batter or when my family gets sudden craving for Idli. Rava idli does not requires fermentation so it is easy to prepare and goes well with coconut chutney or peanut chutney and sambhar

If you love instant idlis, then don't forget to check out the following recipes too... 

Ingredients used in this recipe... 

Rava which is also known as semolina is used in this recipe. You can also use Bansi rava than the regular ones to make it more healthy. 
Yogurt - I have used regular yogurt / curd in this recipe. 
Veggies - Green chillies, ginger and green peas are the veggies included in this recipe. The same recipe can be made more nutritious by including grated carrots, spinach or dill leaves, sweet corn kernels etc.. 
Seasoning - Apart from mustard, cumin, curry leaves and hing, I have included chana dal and groundnuts in this recipes which gives a lovely crunch in each and every bite. So, include more if you like it. Cashews can also be added. 
Eno - Eno along with the yogurt makes the idli soft and spongy. Always make sure to add eno only after the water boils in the steamer. The idlis should be ready to go for steaming once the eno gets mixed in the batter. Baking soda will also work great instead of eno. 

Instant Rava Idli

About the event...

Prepared this instant rava idli for an event Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge which is happening every month among food bloggers with an interesting theme. This group is managed by Mayuri di who blogs at Mayuris Jikoni. Every month, one of the blogger will get a chance to suggest a theme and followed by bloggers getting paired with  each other. Likewise, for this month the theme of steamed food was suggested by Anu Kollon who blogs at Entethattukada. When I visited her page, I was impressed by the varieties of pickle recipes on her webpage like Dates Pickle , Manga Achar etc. Apart from that, there are many more interesting recipes like  Kallumakkaya FryBanana Walnut Muffins etc. Don't forget to check it out! 

Coming to my partner of this month challenge, I was paired with Aruna Saraschandra who blogs in the name of Vasuvegkitchen. She is a wonderful blogger and her webpage has many interesting recipes like Baingan Ki Lonje ( Uttarpradesh famous Brinjal Curry ), Omapodi, Carrot & Corn Soup, Karnataka Style Puliyogare, Besan Ladoo etc. For the challenge, she gave me green chillies and ginger as my secret ingredients and in-turn, I gave her red chilli and coconut as her ingredients. She prepared a delicious Kara Amini Kozhukattai. Check out her page for the detailed recipe.. 

Instant rava Idli

Ingredients :

2 Tbsp Oil 
1 Tsp Mustard seeds
1 Tsp Cumin seeds 
2 Tbsp Chana dal 
1 Tbsp Groundnut, roasted and peeled
2 Sprigs of Curry leaves
A pinch of Hing 
1 Finely chopped green chillies
1 Tbsp Finely chopped ginger 
1/4 Cup Green peas 
1 Cup Rava 
1/2 Cup Curd / Yogurt 
Salt to taste 
Water as required 
1/2 Tsp Eno / Fruit salt 

Method :

Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. 

Once it starts spluttering, add cumin seeds followed by chana dal, groundnut, hing and curry leaves. 

Fry and add green chillies followed by ginger and green peas. 

Now add rava and roast it for a minute. 

Remove from the flame and cool the mixture. 

Add the measured curd to the rava mixture and mix well. 

Add about 1/2 cup of water along with the required quantity of salt. 

Mix well and keep aside for 10 - 15 minutes. 

Meanwhile, heat water in a steamer pan and set ready to prepare idli.

Now add 1/4 - 1/2 cup of water to get the idli batter consistency. 

Add the measured quantity of eno and mix well. 

Brush oil on the idly plates and pour one ladle of batter on each section. 

Steam it for 7 - 8 minutes and remove from the flame.

Serve hot. 

Instant Rava Idli

Serving Options :

Serve with chutney and sambhar. 

Instant Rava Idli

Few chutney recipes which goes well with these idlis....

Click HERE for more chutney recipes. 

If you like this idli, do try and send me the feedback to priyasmenu@gmail.com or tag me @priyas.menu on instagram. 


  1. The rava idlis look so soft, fluffy and delicious! This is one of my eternal favourites, best suited for days when you need to cook a delicious meal in a jiffy. Thank you for your detailed explanation!

  2. My favorite go to idli recipe . I love to have rava idli more than the regular idli anytime. Your idlis are inviting me to grab a plate off the screen

  3. Instant Idlis are best bet for when we want a quick fix breakfast/meal when you want something different from regular breakfast and filling too..Idlis look so soft spongy..i am drooling looking at the pics.

  4. I love instant rawa idli. But never used ground nuts and chana dal in the batter. Your idli looks tempting and so cute. Beautiful presentation and click. I would love to try it soon.

  5. Love rava idlis as they can be made instantly. Love the texture of your idlis. Looks so soft and spongy.

  6. The idlis looks very nice and soft Priya. I too make them, but never add chana dal will try it next time

  7. Rava Idlis look so soft and melt in the mouth kind. I love rava idlis especially with veg stew. A wonderful breakfast to begin the day with.

  8. I like these instant and no fermentation recipe. These idlis look so soft and spongy. Great recipe!

  9. Idlis look so perfect and yummy. When I was living in Brazil I always made these as dals were not available these.

  10. Rava idli looks very soft and spongy with stunning pics Priya. I love to have rava idli than normal idli, chutney that you prepared is very inviting. Also loved your chutney collection too, thanks for sharing my recipes :)

  11. This is one of the best breakfast that we can make. Your idlis are perfectly made

  12. Rava idli looks so soft and fluffy. Instant rava idli is such a saviour when we are short on time. Ideal for snack or breakfast or even dinner too.Lovely clicks.

  13. I always love instant recipes.Your Rava Idli looks so soft and healthy.Love your platter.

  14. perfect breakfast option. loved the smooth idlis and the pics too:)

  15. My husband thinks the best made rava idli is a skill by itself. Your rava idly will surely be approved as it looks so well done and that chutney, yum perfect combo

  16. Instant Rava idli looks so soft and fluffy. I love instant recipes as they come in handy when we are short of time to cook.Irresistible platter

  17. Really wonderful and instant rava Idli is very useful for all of us who has shortage of batter sometimes.

  18. Rava idli looks so soft, spongy and delicious. With all those tempering it must be treat. Quick and easy recipe too.