Sooji Idli ( Suji Idli)


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Sooji Idli, is sure to please you with its soft and fluffy texture and interesting flavour. The addition of curds gives the idlis a slight sourness akin to traditional fermented batter, while coriander and the tempering boost its taste further.

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Feeling like having Idlis for breakfast, but have not prepared and fermented the batter? Not to worry!

Try this Sooji Idli, which is sure to please you with its soft and fluffy texture and interesting flavour. The addition of curds gives the idlis a slight sourness akin to traditional fermented batter, while coriander and the tempering boost its taste further.

Not only is this recipe quick and tasty, it also looks very attractive as the tempering, which is mixed and steamed with the batter settles all over the idlis making them look very nice and appetizing.

Stuffed Rava Idli Vegetable Sandwich is a variant of Sooji idli which is equally quick to make. With a little planning you can try other idli variants like Dal and Vegetable Idli or Shepu Sweet Idlis

Readymade idli batter handy? Then try Double Decker Idlis Stuffed with Potato and Chutney or Rice and Moong Dal Idli.

For more idli recipes check out our collection of Idli recipes.

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Sooji Idli ( Suji Idli) recipe - How to make Sooji Idli ( Suji Idli)

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 15 idlis
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Ingredients

For The Sooji Idli Batter
1 cup semolina (rava / sooji)
1/4 cup curd (dahi)
1 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)
salt to taste
3/4 tsp fruit salt

Other Ingredients
1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1 tsp urad dal (split black lentils)
1 tbsp cashew nuts (kaju) , broken into pieces
4 to 6 curry leaves (kadi patta)
1 tsp finely chopped green chillies
a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

For Serving With Sooji Idli
sambhar
coconut chutney
Method
For the sooji idli batter

    For the sooji idli batter
  1. To make the sooji idli, combine all ingredients together, except the fruit salt, with 1 cup of water in a deep bowl, mix well and cover and keep aside for 10 minutes.

How to proceed to make sooji idli

    How to proceed to make sooji idli
  1. Heat the oil in a small non-stick pan, add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal , cashewnuts, curry leaves, green chilies and asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  2. Add this tempering to the prepared semolina batter and mix well.
  3. Just before steaming, add the fruit salt and mix gently.
  4. Pour 2 tbsp of the sooji idli batter into each greased idli mould and steam in a steamer for 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Cool the sooji idlis slightly, demould and serve immediately with sambhar and coconut chutney.

Quick Rava Idlis Video by Tarla Dalal

Sooji Idli ( Suji Idli) recipe with step by step photos

Directions to make sooji idli batter

  1. In a deep bowl, take 1 cup rava /sooji (suji).
  2. Add curd to it. Curd/ buttermilk are important ingredients to soak semolina for the sooji idli.
  3. Now add chopped coriander. Dhania is an optional ingredients for the suji idli recipe.
  4. Add salt to taste and 1 cup of water.
  5. Mix well with the help of a whisk. Ensure the batter is completely lump-free.
  6. Cover with a lid and keep aside for 10 minutes. The sooji idli batter does not require any grinding or fermenting so, you can quickly whip up suji idli for breakfast in no time.

Making tempering for suji idli

  1. Heat the oil and ghee in a small non-stick pan.
  2. Add the mustard seeds.
  3. When the seeds crackle, add the cumin seeds and urad dal.
  4. Add the cashewnuts. Sauté till they are golden in colour.
  5. Add the curry leaves.
  6. Finally, add green chillies and asafetida. Sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  7. Add this tempering to the batter.
  8. Mix well and our quick rava idli batter is ready. If you do not make the suji idlis immediately, the batter will become thick as the semolina absorbs water so, adjust the consistency by adding 1-2 tbsp of water.

How to make sooji idli with step by step photo

  1. Heat water in a steamer or pressure cooker.
  2. Just before steaming, add the fruit salt and 2 tsp of water over the batter.
  3. When the bubbles form, mix gently. Do not over mix the batter or else the air bubbles will escape making the suji idli hard.
  4. Pour a little batter into each greased idli mould. Do not overfill the moulds, as the rava idli will rise on cooking and you do not want them to spill out.
  5. Steam in a steamer for 7 to 8 minutes or till the sooji idli are cooked. If you want spongy sooji idli, steam them on medium flame.
  6. To check whether they have cooked properly or no, insert a toothpick or a knife in the centre of the idli if it comes out clean, your instant sooji idlis are cooked. If not, then steam for some longer.
  7. Cool slightly and remove the suji idli from the mould. If you are facing difficulty in removing the sooji idli then dip a knife in little oil and loosen the edges using a knife or remove them with the help of a wet spoon.
  8. Enjoy soft and light sooji idli with authentic tomato coconut chutney and kerala sambhar.

How to pack suji idli

  1. Allow rava idli to cool completely, pack in an air-tight tiffin box, with the chutney in a separate air-tight box.
Accompaniments

Coconut Chutney ( Idlis and Dosas) 

Nutrient values (Abbrv) per idli
Energy44 cal
Protein1.3 g
Carbohydrates7.4 g
Fiber0.1 g
Fat0.9 g
Cholesterol0.5 mg
Sodium2.9 mg

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Reviews

Sooji Idli / Suji Idli
5
 on 12 Jun 17 12:31 AM


I prepare this whenever there is need for a quick meal. It gives the impression of a full stomach and you will be happy that compared to regular idlies, suji idli has very less calories...One this i observed tha if you increase the quantity and quality of cured (beat very thick curd before mix with suji) and reduce water accordingly, the idilies will be super spongy.. White coconut chutney is also a good combination with this.. :) Happy cooking..!
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Raji : Thanks for the feedback and good to see you innovate. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.
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12 Jun 17 09:51 AM
Sooji Idli / Suji Idli
5
 on 05 Jun 17 09:08 AM


This recipe fulfilled my instant idli cravings! Yummy and healthy food! Thank you so much.
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Tarla Dalal    Foodie, thanks for your feedback.
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12 Jun 17 09:57 AM
Sooji Idli / Suji Idli
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 on 05 May 17 09:46 AM


one of the best thing i found about ur app n u tarlaji is ur app n in between recipes advertisement doesnt popup n intrrupt secondly ur all recipes contains that special n specific ingredient that makes every dish perfect.... thank u so much for sharing ur lifetime effort of cooking with all of us... m follwing u when i was a lil kid n now after my marriage ur app.is a blessing to me as my husband is damn foody.....??
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Foodie, we are delighted that you love the app. It was always Mrs Dalal''s dream to share easy Vegetarian recipes with all. We would love to hear from you on the recipes you have loved. Happy cooking.
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12 Jun 17 10:00 AM
Sooji Idli / Suji Idli
5
 on 18 Feb 17 07:57 AM


I had tried your instant suji idli & it was really very tasty. ..thanku so much for sharing your experiences with us & helping us to be a good cook for our kids....thnku mam.
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Tarla Dalal    Overjoyed to hear that from you Seema. Keep trying more recipes and share your Feedback. Happy Cooking!!!
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18 Feb 17 03:58 PM
Sooji Idli / Suji Idli
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 on 17 Jul 16 06:39 PM


Thanks tarla ji for guiding
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Mariya, We are very happy to know you loved the recipe. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how they turned out. Happy Cooking !!
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18 Jul 16 09:03 AM
Sooji Idli / Suji Idli
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 on 30 Jun 16 02:29 PM


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Tarla Dalal    Hi Gowri, We are delighted you loved the Sooji Idli recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback.
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30 Jun 16 02:34 PM
Sooji Idli / Suji Idli
5
 on 29 Jun 16 03:26 PM


too gud recepie.tysm madam
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Neha, We are very happy to know you loved the recipe. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how they turned out. Happy Cooking !!
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30 Jun 16 09:14 AM
Sooji Idli / Suji Idli
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 on 04 Jun 16 06:31 AM


Madam fruit salt men''s?
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Aadinath, Fruit salt means Eno
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04 Jun 16 08:50 AM
Sooji Idli / Suji Idli
5
 on 28 Apr 16 07:24 PM


Awesome receipe. Quick and easy to follow. Taste great. My first time making idli. Thanks for sharing.
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Vicky, We are delighted you loved the Sooji Idli recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback.
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29 Apr 16 02:54 PM
Sooji Idli / Suji Idli
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 on 28 Dec 15 05:28 AM


Thank u for the lively and perfect recipe.....
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Tarla Dalal    Zabida. We are delighted you loved the recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback.
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28 Dec 15 09:45 AM
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