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Rava Idli
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Rava Idli Recipe

Rava Idli Recipe is a soft pillowy instant suji idli seasoned with South Indian flavors. Learn how to make suji idli in a microwave in a few simple steps. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Resting Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 8 idli
Calories: 84kcal
Author: Hina Gujral


  • 1 Cup semolina (rava/sooji)
  • 1 1/4 Cup yogurt (curd), at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • 1 teaspoon white urad dal
  • 1 teaspoon chana dal (Bengal Gram)
  • a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 4 - 5 curry leaves
  • 1/4 Cup fine chopped carrot
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 Cup water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Ingredients For Garnish:

  • 8 cashew nuts
  • 8 curry leaves


  • In a pan heat ghee over medium heat once ghee is heated add mustard seeds and saute for few seconds.
  • As mustard seeds start crackling add dal, asafoetida, cumin seeds, curry leaves and saute for 2 - 3 minutes. 
  • Now add chopped carrot and fry for 1 - 2 minutes or till carrot turn a bit soft. 
  • Add semolina to the tempering mixture and roast it over medium heat for 3 - 5 minutes. Stirring continuously while roasting.
  • Turn off the flame and transfer semolina to a bowl. Set aside until it cools down to room temperature.
  • Combine tempered semolina, curd, salt and water in a bowl to prepare idli batter. The batter should be of dropping consistency and not too runny if required add more water to get the right consistency. Cover the bowl with a lid and set aside for 5 minutes. 
  • Prepare your idli steamer and grease the mold with little ghee to avoid idli sticking to the mould.
  • Prepare a microwave safe steamer. Grease idli molds with ghee or cooking oil. 
  • Place a piece of cashew and curry leaf in each idli mold. 
  • Once the steamer is ready, add fruit salt to the idli batter and stir nicely to combine evenly. The idli batter will turn frothy immediately pour a spoonful of batter in each mold.
  • Close the lid of the steamer and steam idlis in the microwave for 5 – 6 minutes while in gas steamer it takes 10 minutes. 
  • To check idlis for doneness insert toothpick and check if it comes out clean else microwave for 1 - 2 minutes more. 
  • With the help of a spoon remove idlis from the mold. Transfer to a plate. 
  • Serve rava idli with sambar and coconut chutney for breakfast or lunch. 



  • Microwave safe steamer does not require any preheating. But if you are using a gas steamer to make idlis than you need to heat water in the steamer before pouring the batter into the molds.
  • Equipment Required: Microwave Safe Steamer (Buy It Here)


Serving: 50gram | Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.1g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.1g