How To Make Rava Idli Recipe?

Rava Idli, a popular South Indian breakfast dish, is not only scrumptious but also quick and simple to prepare. Initially, this savory steamed cake is made from semolina (rava), yogurt, and a blend of spices, which subsequently makes it a healthier alternative to the conventional rice-based idli. Moreover, Rava Idli is soft, fluffy, and ideal for absorbing the flavors of your preferred chutneys and sambar. The best part is that it necessitates no fermentation; therefore, you can effortlessly whip up this delectable breakfast in no time. So, without further ado, let’s delve into the recipe and discover how to create a mouthwatering Rava Idli!

Rava Idli Recipe

A Delicious and Instant South Indian Breakfast Delight






4 (12 – 16 idlis)


  • 1 cup semolina (rava)
  • 1 cup yogurt (curd)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon chana dal
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 1/4 cup grated carrot
  • 1/4 cup cashews, broken into pieces


  • In a pan, dry roast the semolina (rava) over medium heat for 3-4 minutes until it turns slightly golden and aromatic. Following this, remove from heat and let it cool down.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the roasted semolina, yogurt, and water. In addition to this mix well to form a thick batter. At this time, Allow the batter to rest for 15-20 minutes.
  • While the batter is resting, heat oil in a small pan. Following this add mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal, and cumin seeds. Then Cook until the seeds start to splutter and the dals turn golden brown.
  • Next add the grated ginger, chopped green chili, curry leaves, and broken cashews to the pan. Sauté for 1-2 minutes until the cashews are golden brown.
  • Following this pour the tempering mixture into the semolina batter. Then add salt, chopped coriander leaves, and grated carrot. Finally, Mix well to combine all the ingredients.
  • Just before steaming, add the baking soda to the batter and mix gently.
  • Firstly, Grease the idli moulds with a little oil. Pour the batter into the moulds, filling each cavity about 3/4 full.
  • Place the idli plates in a preheated steamer and steam for 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the idli comes out clean.
  • Finally, Remove the idli moulds from the steamer and let them cool for a few minutes. Then, using a spoon or knife, gently remove the idlis from the plates.

Undoubtedly, Rava Idli, is an enticing and speedy breakfast choice, it will captivate your taste buds. Initially, this tender and airy dish is not only delectable but also brimming with nutrients from semolina, yogurt, and vegetables. Furthermore, you can savor it with an array of chutneys, sambar, or even merely a spoonful of ghee. Consequently, indulge yourself and your loved ones with this mouthwatering and wholesome Rava Idli recipe, and commence your day on a flavorsome note!

Nutrition Facts

(per serving)

  • Calories: 260 kcal
  • Total Fat: 9g
    • Saturated Fat: 2g
    • Trans Fat: 0g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 5mg
  • Sodium: 700mg (depending on the salt added)
  • Total Carbohydrate: 37g
    • Dietary Fiber: 3g
    • Sugars: 3g
    • Added Sugars: 0g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Vitamins and Minerals:
    • Vitamin A: 25% DV
    • Vitamin C: 10% DV
    • Calcium: 8% DV
    • Iron: 10% DV

Remember that you can adjust the recipe to your dietary preferences or needs by adding or reducing certain ingredients. For example, you can increase the vegetable content to boost the fiber and vitamin content, or reduce the salt to lower the sodium levels.

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2 thoughts on “Rava Idli”

  1. I tried this rava idli recipe and it turned out amazing! So soft and delicious, my family loved it. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I’ve always been a fan of rava idlis, and this recipe is the best one I’ve tried so far. The step-by-step instructions were so easy to follow. Great job!


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