Rava Idli

Popular idlis with a difference – made with semolina. This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel

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Rava Idli
Main Ingredients Semolina, Yogurt
Cuisine Karnataka
Course Snacks and Starters
Prep Time 16-20 minutes
Cook time 26-30 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Mild
Level of Cooking Moderate
Others Veg

Ingredients list for Rava Idli

  • 1 cup Semolina
  • 3 tablespoons Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Sour yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons Fresh coriander leaves
  • 2 Green chillies
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black peppercorns,crushed
  • 6-8 Cashewnuts
  • 6-8 Curry leaves
  • to taste Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Fruit salt


  1. Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a non-stick pan. Add semolina and sauté, stirring, on low heat till it turns a light brown. Transfer it into a bowl and allow to cool.
  2. Add yogurt and mix well. Chop coriander leaves and green chillies and add. Heat 2 tbsps ghee in a small pan and add mustard seeds. When they splutter, add crushed peppercorns.
  3. Remove the pan from heat and add broken cashewnuts. Put the pan back on heat and sauté till the cashewnuts are golden. Switch off the heat and add curry leaves. Stir and add this tempering to the idli mixture and mix.
  4. Add salt and water, little by little, to make an idli batter of dropping consistency. Rest the batter for 10 minutes. Grease the idli moulds. Heat water in a steamer. Add fruit salt to the batter and mix well. Pour the batter into the idli moulds and steam for 10 minutes. Unmould and serve hot with any chutney.