Quick Rava Idli ( South Indian Recipes)

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Well, you love idlis, but what if you have no batter on hand? here is a quick and equally tasty (in fact, spicier!) version of idlis made with semolina. Since the batter requires no fermentation, this recipe is a quick-fix! for extra zing, add a little grated ginger to this dish.

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Soaking Time:  30 Mins   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:     Makes 14 to 16 idlis
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2 1/2 cups semolina (rava)
4 cups buttermilk
3 tbsp coconut oil or any other
salt to taste
1 tsp urad dal (split black lentils)
1 tsp chana dal (split bengal gram)
1 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)
2 tbsp thinly sliced fresh coconut
2 green chillies , finely chopped
4 curry leaves (kadi patta)
1 tbsp fruit salt
coconut oil or any other for greasing

  1. Combine the semolina, buttermilk, 2 tbsp of oil and salt together in a bowl. Keep aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat the remaining 1 tbsp of oil in a small pan and add the urad dal, chana dal and mustard seeds.
  3. When the seeds crackle, add the coconut, green chillies and curry leaves and sauté for a few seconds.
  4. Pour the tempering over the semolina batter and mix well.
  5. Add the fruit salt and sprinkle a little water over it, when the bubbles form mix it gently.
  6. Pour spoonfuls of the batter into greased idli moulds and steam for 8 to 10 minutes.
  7. Serve hot with a chutney of your choice.

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Quick Rava Idli ( South Indian Recipes)
 on 03 Feb 16 12:32 PM

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Tarla Dalal    Thanks Swaminathan. We are delighted you loved the recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback.
04 Feb 16 09:53 AM
Quick Rava Idli ( South Indian Recipes)
 on 06 Aug 15 11:40 PM

I tried it last night it came really well and so yummy.I love your blog and the collection of recipes it was really so delicious and yummy.Definitely i will try your all recipes.Thanks for sharing:-)
Quick Rava Idli ( South Indian Recipes)
 on 24 Jul 15 04:54 PM

The proportions in the recipe are quite accurate. However, just one small tip, since rava idlis are mor filling than the rice idlis, please make the batter with a bit of an adjustment.
Quick Rava Idli ( South Indian Recipes)
 on 30 Sep 11 10:24 PM

very yummy i added grated carrots also to the better.
Quick Rava Idli ( South Indian Recipes)
 on 24 Sep 11 11:16 PM

very tasty. i used to make rava idli plain. the addition of both dals made it different. addition of beans and carrot can make it healthier.
Quick Rava Idli ( South Indian Recipes)
 on 24 Sep 11 08:47 AM

just yummy n easy to prepare