Instant Rava Idli Recipe | How to Cook Soft and Spongy Rava Idlis

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Rava Idli Recipe

Rava Idli is a popular South Indian dish made with semolina, also known as rava or sooji, and yogurt. It is a quick and easy alternative to traditional idlis that require soaking and grinding of lentils and rice. Rava Idlis are soft, fluffy, and perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even as a snack.

Rava Idli

Here’s the recipe for Rava Idli:


  • 1 cup rava (semolina)
  • 1 cup yogurt (curd)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 1 tsp chana dal
  • 1/2 inch ginger, grated
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp baking soda

For garnish:

  • Coriander leaves, chopped


  1. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, chana dal, grated ginger, and chopped green chili. Saute for a minute.
  2. Add rava (semolina) to the pan and roast on medium flame until it turns light golden in color. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Once the rava is roasted, turn off the heat and let it cool down to room temperature.
  4. In a bowl, whisk together the yogurt, water, and salt. Add the cooled down rava mixture to the bowl and mix well. Let the batter rest for 10 minutes.
  5. After 10 minutes, add baking soda and mix gently. The batter will become frothy.
  6. Grease the idli molds with oil and pour the batter into them.
  7. Steam the idlis in a steamer or pressure cooker without the whistle for 12-15 minutes on medium flame.
  8. Once done, let them cool down for a minute before removing them from the molds.
  9. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with coconut chutney or tomato chutney.

Enjoy your delicious and healthy Rava Idlis!


  • Roast the rava properly.
  • Use fresh ingredients.
  • Use curd in the batter.
  • Rest the batter for 20-30 minutes.
  • Steam the idlis properly for 10-12 minutes.

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