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Rava Idli

Rava Idli is a South Indian steamed lentil cake made with semolina. It is a variation of Idli, a popular snack. This is an instant Idli and requires no fermentation.
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine Indian Cuisine
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 11/2 cups semolina
  • 2 cups slightly sour curd, whisked
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup quatered cashews
  • 1/4 tsp cooking soda
  • Salt to taste


  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp split bengal gram
  • 1 tbsp split urad dal
  • 1/8 tsp asafoetida
  • 4 green chillies finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger grated
  • 1/4 cup dried coconut grated


  • In a pan heat half the oil and fry cashews till golden. Remove and keep aside.
  • To the same oil add semolina and roast on low till pinkish brown. Keep aside.
  • Heat the remaining oil for tempering and add mustard seeds.
  • After they shutter add remaining tempering ingredients and roast for a minute.
  • Pour over the semolina and mix well.
  • Add coriander leaves.
  • At this point you can place the Idli steamer to heat .
  • Stir in the yogurt, and let stand for a minute or two .
  • Add the buttermilk.
  • Add the fried cashews, cooking soda and salt.
  • Mix well.
  • Smear the Idli plates with oil.
  • Pour sufficient batter into the cavities and steam for about 10 minutes.
  • Cool for a couple of minutes before scooping out the idlis.
  • Serve right away with chutney.