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Rava Idli

By: Ankayar of Denver, US

spicy rava cakes

Filed in Roti, Paratha, Breads

Serves 2 people

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The curd has to be only sufficiently sour and the batter has to be real thick, for softer idlies.


  • 1 cup Rava
  • 1 cup curd
  • 1/2 tsp mustard
  • 1/2 tsp jeera
  • 1 tsp chana dal
  • 1 tsp chopped green chillies
  • 1/2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp chopped coriander
  • 3-4 curry leaves
  • 1-2 tbsp of oil (preferably gingelly)
  • salt to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a pan, and splutter in the mustard, jeera and chana dal.
  2. add in the chopped chillies,coriander, ginger and curry leaves.
  3. Add the rava and salt and coat in the oil until lightly brown.
  4. Remove from fire and add the beaten curd, add water if necessary to make thick batter that you can scoop with your hand.
  5. fill in the idly maker and steam on high for 5-7 minutes.
  6. Serve hot with coriander chutney

Latest Comments

By Monica Saini on 3/2/2011 3:06:00 AM

Dear Narmadha... You just need to add 1/2 tsp Eno or Baking Soda in it as an additional ingredient.

By Nandita Mehndiratta on 11/22/2010 5:20:00 AM

Why do you want to fry the rava. Add the fried things to rava and mix with curd/ butter milk along with ENO/ soda-bi-carb and then fill it in idli moulds. You get oil free idli in 7-10 mniutes in a pressure cooker without whistle.

By PRIYA on 3/30/2010 9:21:00 PM

u can also add some grated carrot, peas and coriander to the batter to be colourful and it also gives a good taste.

By Deepak Govil on 3/30/2010 1:02:00 AM

Use Butter milk instead of curd and add some soda by carb and eno.1/8 tsp soda and 1/4 tsp eno will do the trick .

By Ankayar on 3/18/2009 8:14:00 AM

As Indu said the curd has to be sufficiently sour, and you can add a bit of water to the batter just before steaming the idlies, as rawa has a tendency to soak in all the moisture from the curd, once you leave the batter to st for more than 1/2 an hour.

By Indu on 3/16/2009 7:16:00 AM

Hi, I think we have to use the soar curd and allow it for 3 to 4 hours for rava to become soft. Then steam it in cooker so that idli will not be hard and it will be tasty

By mayusha sharma on 3/5/2009 9:48:00 PM

i think we need to add some meetha soda.

By narmadha on 2/26/2009 6:14:00 AM

hi i made this iddili but it came out very hard. pls let me know what mistake have i done


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