How to make Rawa Idli -

South Indian steamed breakfast made from semolina and skinless black gram

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Semolina (rawa/suji) (रवा/सूजी), Split black gram skinless (dhuli urad dal) (उड़द दाल धुली)

Cuisine : Tamil Nadu

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Rawa Idli

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The highly developed and sensitive palates of the Tamilians are well chronicled in the Sangam classics. They believe that food should ideally cater to all the six tastes - bitter, pungent, sweet, salty, sour and astringent.
Tamil Nadu has a wide variety of delicious food both for the vegetarians as well as the non-vegetarians, though most of it is made of grains, lentils, rice and vegetables. Spices are added to give a distinctive taste. Rice has been the staple diet of the Tamilians, an inculcated habit, due to the large-scale cultivation of the crop in the state.
Chettinad cuisine, a speciality in Tamil Nadu, is famous for its hot and spicy non-vegetarian food.   A part of the Mudaliar community is non-vegetarians and its cuisine is delightfully spicy without being too hot. Wet masalas are generally used, the main ingredients being fresh coconut paste and ground ginger-garlic.

Prep Time : 1-2days

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Rawa Idli Recipe

  • Semolina (rawa/suji) 2 cups

  • Split black gram skinless (dhuli urad dal) 1 cup

  • Salt to taste

  • Oil to grease


Step 1

Wash and soak the urad dal for three to four hours. Drain and grind it to a smooth and fluffy paste. Transfer into a deep pan, add salt and whisk well.

Step 2

Cover and keep it in a warm place to ferment overnight. Lightly roast the semolina and spread it on a plate to cool. Add the semolina to the urad dal paste and whisk well.

Step 3

Add water to adjust the consistency. It should be thick but pouring. Let this rest for an hour. Heat sufficient water in a steamer. Grease the idli moulds with oil.

Step 4

Pour a ladleful of batter in each mould and then place them in a steamer or a pressure cooker. Cover and steam for ten to fifteen minutes or until cooked.

Step 5

Serve hot with sambhar and coconut chutney.

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