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instant rava idli recipe

Rava Idli - How to Make Instant Rava Idli

Rava idli is Soft, pillowy instant idli recipe made with rava/sooji or semolina.
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Course: Breakfast, Snack, tiffin
Cuisine: indian cuisine, south indian
Keyword: idli, instant breakfast
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 269kcal
Author: Rekha Kakkar


  • Idli cooker


  • cup  Semolina rava/sooji
  • 2 Green Chillies chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger  chopped
  • 1 Curry Leaves sprigs
  • 2 tbsp  Fresh Coriander cilantro
  • ½  tsp  Salt namak
  • 1 tbsp  Cooking Oil
  • ½  tsp  Mustard Seeds
  • ½  tsp  Cumin Seeds
  • tsp  Bengal gram /chana daal
  • tsp  Urad dal White Lentils
  • ¼  tsp  Asafoetida / Hing powder
  • ½ cup yogurt sour curd


To Make Instant Mix

  • Heat oil in a pan, add asafoetida/hing,  mustard seeds, Chana dal, urad dal, cumin seeds and stir fry for a minute.
  • Now add chopped ginger, green chili mix and stir for few seconds.
  • Add curry leaves and fresh coriander leaves. Cook these till these are fully dry and dehydrated.
  • Now add semolina/sooji and saute on low flame for 5-7 minutes. keep stirring it.
  • Switch off the flame and add salt.
  • Allow this mixture to cool down.

To Make Rava Idli Batter

  • Take one cup of instant Idli mix we prepared. Add curd/yogurt and mix well.
  • Add water and salt to make a thick batter. Keep this for 10-15 minutes.
  • Add some  more water if it batter becomes thicker because rava absorbs a lot of water
  • Finally add 1 teaspoon of ENO fruit salt and mix well

To Steam Rava Idli on Stovetop

  • Grease the idli moulds and pour one -two tablespoon of batter in each bowl of idli moulds.
  • Or like me grease the idli plate place a curry leaf and a cashew half each and pour idli batter over it for that beautiful looking soft idli that you see in the image.
  • Place it in idli cooker and steam cook for 10 minutes.
  • Allow the steam to escape and then remove the idles from idli plate.
  • Serve these instant soft rava idlies hot with idli podi, coconut chutney and sambhar.

To Make Microwave Instant Rava Idli

  • To make Idli in microwave, you can make idli batter as given above. Next step, take microwave idli molds and grease the idli plates.
  • Add spoonful of batter in greased idli plates.
  • In the base plate of microwave idli stand add few tablespoons of water and place idli stand with batter in this base plate.
  • Cover with lid and steam on medium power for 6-7 minutes. Serve these soft pillowy microwave idlies hot with sambar and chutney.



  • If you are storing mix for longer time make sure that all fresh herbs dry out completely.
  • For making soft idli, after adding fruit salt, mix and immediately make idlies.
  • Otherwise, add fruit salt only when you are done greasing idli plate/moulds and are ready to steam idlies.
  • To make Rava idli without Eno you can use ¼tsp baking soda to the mix instead of adding Eno.
  • For making variations you can add finely chopped vegetables or vegetable purees instead of water.


Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 169mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 499IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 3mg