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Rava idli recipe

Rava idli recipe with full video, step by step pictures. Learn how to make rava idli most soft and easiest way and surprise you guests with homemade 1000 times better Rava idli.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Servings: 12


  • Idli steamer
  • kadai/ pan


  • 1 cup Rava /Sooji Semolina
  • ½ cup Curd
  • 1 tsp Eno fruit salt plain or lemon flavor
  • ½ tsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Ginger chopped very fine or paste
  • 4 green chillies chopped very fine
  • 1 tbsp Coriander leaves chopped very fine
  • 1 Sprig curry leaves I chopped it finely
  • ½ cup Water Plus as needed
  • Salt - As needed

To temper

  • ½ tsp Mustard
  • 1 tsp Urad dal Ullutham paruppu
  • 1 tsp Chana dal Kadala paruppu
  • 1 tbsp Cashews broken into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp Oil and ghee mixed

To decorate (optional)

  • 1 tbsp Carrot gratings - 1 tbsp
  • 1 tbsp coconut gratings - 1 tbsp
  • 6 Ghee roasted cashew nuts


  • Heat a kadai and add ghee and oil,splutter mustard and add the rest under To temper table.Then add the finely chopped ginger and chillies.( you can grind ginger and green chillies and use the paste too).
  • First take a pan/ kadai. Heat with ghee and oil, splutter mustard, followed by urad dal, chana dal and cashews.
  • Once they turn golden, add finely chopped ginger, chilli and give it a stir. Add rava/ sooji , curry leaves and coriander leaves.
  • Roast it in medium flame taking care to not to change the colour of rava.
  • After a minute, transfer to a bowl for cooling down. Add the curd, water, lemon juice, salt mix well. Adjust water to get the consistency like our idly batter consistency, light and loose not too thick or watery)
  • Heat the idly cooker with water and let water in it boil, just ready for steaming. Grease the idly plates with ghee/oil.
  • At this time add the ENO salt to the batter and mix well (the eno salt should be active enough, so that when you add and mix the batter, small bubbles will be coming, which makes the batter frothy/ aerated)
  • Immediately, pour into the idly moulds and steam for 5-7 minutes.(to check if its done,insert a knife or spoon back and it should come clean)
  • Once done, take out the plate and rest for a minute to cool down before un moulding. Use a spoon dipped in water to un mould each idli.



  • If you want to decorate the rava idli, you can first add little, little carrot, coconut gratings in the mould and pour the batter over it.
  • Eno salt is very very important ingredient, so make sure you don't omit it, and should be a active one i.e; if you add it to the battter,you should be getting bubbles.
  • Add water and curd in equal proportion and consistency of the batter should be loose, not too thick.(or else the idlies will come out dry)
  • You can add green peas along while frying ginger green chillies.
  • My idli plate is slightly small, so you may get 8 idli if using big idli plate also cooking time might be more.