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Ragi rava idli recipe | Easy breakfast recipes

Ragi rava idli is a healthy South Indian breakfast recipe made quickly and also packed for kids lunch box too. I have given this recipe in my Millet cook in Tamil, which got published by Vikatan publications, 2 years back . The book has successfully crossed 2 editions and the 3rd edition is now doing very well in the market. Coming to this recipe, i got inspired by the idea of MTR Ragi rava idli recipe, when saw a pack of this in a local shop in chennai nearby my mom’s house. That time i was planning to compile a book on Millet recipes. Just randomnly tried the recipe of ragi rava idli at home and it turned out so well. I have made this few time for guests too. You can make this as mini rava idlis and impress the kids too. Enjoy your breakfast with this healthy recipe.

Ragi rava idli

Ragi rava idli recipe

  Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 20 Mins |Makes: 4 -5 idlis

     Ragi flour    1/4 cup
     Rava| sooji    1/4 cup
     Yogurt   1/4 cup
     Eno salt   1/2 tsp
     Oil   3 tsp
     Mustard seeds   1/4 tsp
     Channa dal  1/4 tsp
     Urad dal   1/4 tsp
     Ginger (grated)   1/2 tsp
     Salt   as needed
     Lemon juice   1 tsp
     Coriander leaves + curry leaves   few
     Green chili   1
                                              Video of how to make ragi rava idli

ragi rava idli

    • In a pan add oil and add the mustard seeds. Once it splutters add the channa dal, urad dal, grated ginger and green chili (slit). Cook till the dal turns into golden brown.
  • Add finely chopped coriander leaves and curry leaves.
  • Add the ragi flour and rava. Switch off the flame.
  • Mix well and allow this to cool completely. Transfer this to a bowl.
  • I discarded the green chili, so that it won’t get into the mouth while eating the idlis.
  • Add salt and lemon juice. Mix well.
  • Add yogurt to this and mix well. Add little water to this to get a thick batter consistency.
  • Add eno salt to this and mix well. The batter will get loosened after adding eno salt.
  • Ensure the eno salt is not of old stock, else it won’t make the idli soft.
  • Grease the idli mould and steam the idlis for 7-8 minutes.

  • After 2 minutes take the idlis off from the mould.
  • Ragi rava idlis are ready to serve. Serve with your favourite chutney.
  • I served with coconut chutney. These idlis stay soft even after 2-3 hours.
  • So you can pack for kids lunch box too.
Ragi rava idli recipe
  1. You can add 1 tblsp of grated carrots to the batter to make it healthy.
  2. Few cashew nuts can be added while adding the mustard seeds.
  3. Do not over steam, else the idlis will turn hard.
  4. Ensure the eno salt is not  old. We get eno fruit salt in medical shops and super markets.

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  1. Hi jeyashri,

    I like to try anything with ragi. i tried this one too. My daughter who usually doesnt eat ragi , ate it well. I was surprised . My husband said this is the best rava idli i made. he told me to make this ragi rava idlis instead of oats and plain rava idli. Yes, it was super soft and yummy. I ate last after feeding my 3 year old. And i was left only with two idlis :). Thanks a lot for sharing such a wonderful recipe. Tried your millet tomato dosa too using samai. it was very easy to make . It was very yummy. No one at my home knew it was made of millet 😉 .


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