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Ravva Idli – South Indian Breakfast Recipe

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Ravva IdliIdlis are traditionally made from naturally fermented batter. This ravva Idli in contrast is a quick version which can be made under 30 mins. Because of the flavorful seasoning that goes inside the batter, they taste absolutely delicious. Serve them with the chutney and/ or Sambar to make a complete wholesome meal.






Serves- 2 to 3
Preparation time – 5 mins
Cooking time – 20 mins

  • Coarse Semolina (Sooji/ Upma Ravva) – 1 Cup
  • Yogurt/ Curd – 1 Cup
  • Cilantro/ Coriander (Chopped) – 1 Tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Water – 1/2 Cup approx
  • Eno Fruit Salt – 2 tsp


  • Oil – 1 Tbsp
  • Green Chillies (finely chopped) – to taste
  • Ginger(minced) – 1 tsp
  • Curry Leaves – few
  • Onion (chopped) – 1/2 medium size
  • Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Chanadal – 2 tsp
  • Urid Dal – 1 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Cashews (Chopped) – 10


  • In a mixing bowl, add sooji, salt, yogurt. Mix well together and rest covered while preparing the seasoning.
  • For the seasoning, heat a medium pan
  • Add mustard seeds, allow them to pop.
  • Add in Cumin Seeds and let them sizzle.
  • Add chanadal, urid dal, green chillies, cashews, ginger and fry for 10 secs.
  • Add curry leaves, onion and cook till onion turns soft.
  • Add in cilantro and mix well. Turn OFF the heat and immediately add this seasoning on top of the prepared batter.
  • Mix well and set aside. Meanwhile add 1 1/2 cups of water into the idli cooker and cover with the lid.
  • Allow the water to come to a boil. Meanwhile grease the idli plates with few drops of oil and spread evenly.
  • Finally add in the Eno fruit salt into the batter and gently mix with the prepared batter.
  • Add 2 Tbsp of batter to the each mould and stack the idli plates such that the holes of the plates and not in a straight line.
  • Put the idli stand into the Idli Cooker with its water boiling,
  • Steam them for 12- 15 mins or until tooth pick inserted at the center comes out clean,
  • Once done, take the stand out from the cooker and rest them on counter for 5 mins.
  • Demould the idlis from the stand and serve them immediately with Chutney and / or Sambar. Enjoy!
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  1. Clem

    You have stated that it serves 2 to 3. Can you tell me approximately how many idlis that is please?

    1. admin

      20 idlis. Thanks for writing in :)

  2. arun kumar seth

    I am north indian & don’t know the authentic taste of rava idle. I like idle very much & i have trided many resto. In delhi but the taste of this idle is very very mouth watring. I like this very much. Thanks for this receipen

    1. admin

      Glad that you liked the recipe. I appreciate your feedback about my work! Thank u :)

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