How to Make Instant Semolina (Rava) Idli- Recipe on FirstCry Parenting

Instant Semolina (Rava) Idli

Semolina (Rava) Idli is a very popular dish among South Indians. It takes around 30 minutes to prepare these no-grinding-no-fermentation idlis and so to say, is one of the simplest recipes that combine the goodness of semolina, chana dal and veggies. Adding vegetables to idli is preferred as it makes the dish healthier and colourful. Bring a change to your child’s breakfast; he will definitely enjoy this special treat.

Serves Preparation Time Cooking Time
4 People 15-20 Minutes 10-15 Minutes


  • 2 cups semolina (Rava)
  • 20 gm carrot, grated
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 8 cashew nuts
  • 3 to 4 green chillies
  • 1 tsp asafoetida
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp chana dal
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 5 curry leaves
  • 1/3rd cup yoghurt
  • 1 tsp fruit salt (or Eno)
  • 1 tsp ghee


Step 1

Keep a large and thick bottomed pan on medium heat and add one teaspoon of ghee. Add mustard seeds to it. When the mustard seeds begin crackling, add cumin seeds and asafoetida.

Step 2

Now, add curry leaves and chana dal in the pan and sauté it till turns golden brown. Next, add green chilli, grated ginger and cashew nuts and sauté it again.

Step 3

Now, add semolina / rava in the pan and mix all the ingredients together.

Step 4

Sauté it for some time until semolina turns golden brown. Turn off the flame. Remove the ingredients on a plate and let it cool for 5 minutes.

Step 5

In a small bowl, take yoghurt, green chillies, chopped coriander and salt. Now, add the roasted rava mix and grated carrot in the bowl and mix it. Ensure that the batter has no lumps.

Step 6

As you add water to the batter, keep checking the consistency. Batter must be thick but easy to pour.

Step 7

Grease the idli moulds with oil. Keep it aside.

Step 8

Take the steamer and add 2 glasses of water into it. Let the water boil.

Step 9

Add one teaspoon of fruit salt in the batter. Stir it for a minute. Once you notice bubbles in the batter, it is ready to pour in the moulds.

Step 10

Pour the batter into the moulds and keep the idli stand in the steamer.

Step 11

Steam the idlis for 10 – 15 minutes.

Step 12

Remove the idlis from the moulds.

Step 13

Serve idlis with coconut chutney or sambhar.

Nutritional Information

Calories 311 Kcal
Proteins 10.1 gm
Total Fat 8.9 gm
Total Carbohydrates 46.7 gm
Cholesterol 3 mg
Sodium 28 mg
Potassium 244 mg
Tip -After adding fruit salt / Eno, the batter should not be kept aside for a long time. The batter tends to lose its fluffiness.
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