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Rava idli recipe | instant rava idly recipe

by Jeyashri suresh

Rawa idli is a quicker and easier idli recipe made from Rawa or Sooji. This is a very easy recipe and can be tried by bachelors or act as a quick fix recipe for school lunch box as it does not require any fermentation or grinding. I have not been a great fan of Rava idli, until I tried making it last year when our relatives visited us. I wanted to break the monotony of the usual idli variety and tried making Rava idli from Raks. Both me and my guests we happy with the soft and spongy rawa idlis. We enjoyed it a lot. I decided to post this recipe when I made it once again recently. This measurement yields approximately 4-5 Rava idlis. Potato masala is a perfect accompaniment to rava idli along with different chutney varieites. Oats idlis and poha idlis  are also other tasty idli varieties.

Rava idli recipe

  Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 Mins |Serves: 5-6

     Rava | Sooji   1/2 cup
     Curd | Yogurt   1/4 cup
     Green chili  1
     Ginger  grated   1/2 tsp
     Eno fruit salt  1/2 tsp
     Mustard seeds   1/4 tsp
     Cashew nuts   5
     Channa dal  1/4 tsp
     Urad dal   1/4 tsp
     Oil    2 tsp
     Lemon juice  1/2 tsp
     Curry leaves  few
     Coriander leaves   few
     Salt  as needed
     Grated coconut | carrot   to garnish (optional)  

rava idli

  • Cut the green chilies very finely and grate the ginger.
  • Heat a kadai and add the oil ,throw in the mustard seeds,channa dal,urad dhal,cashew nuts, green chilli ,curry leaves ,coriander leaves and ginger to it.
Rava idli
  • Fry till the dal turns golden brown.
  • Add the rava/sooji/semolina to this and saute for a minute.
  • Put off the flame.
  • Add salt, lemon juice to this.
  • Transfer this to a container and allow this to cool.
  • Add curd and water to this and mix well.
  • Add the eno fruit salt to this and and mix well, and add necessary water to get the idli batter consistency.
Rava idli
  • Transfer it immediately to the greased idli moulds.
  • Steam for 7-9 mins.
  • This is a picture of Eno salt bottle.
  • Enjoy with any chutney of your choice.
  • I served with coconut chutney.
  • Garnish the idli with coconut gratings.(optional)


  1. Don’t omit the eno salt as this makes the idli very soft.
  2. These idlis does not get dried and retains  its texture for few hours.

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Padhu December 10, 2010 - 3:16 pm

They look so delicious

Vidhya December 10, 2010 - 3:30 pm

Nutritious and fillig, rava idlis are perfect for breakfast. yummy..delicious, looks so soft.

Sarah Naveen December 10, 2010 - 3:37 pm

Beautiful clicks..looks so perfect and yummy!!

RAKS KITCHEN December 10, 2010 - 3:39 pm

Its been a while since I made this,now making me crave for some,will make within this weekend 🙂 yours look super soft and fluffy!

Sharmilee! :) December 10, 2010 - 4:08 pm

Looks soft n fluffy...My anytime fav is rava idly very tempting they look

Kurinji December 10, 2010 - 4:19 pm

Beautiful clicks n looks so soft.


R December 10, 2010 - 7:01 pm

they look so soft and fluffy, delicious!

Pavithra December 10, 2010 - 7:18 pm

I make this very often and our very very fav tiffin. I usually make this sagu and Coriander coconut chutney which is the best combo.. I am drooling here while typing itself Jeyashri.. So tomm This is going to be my BF.

Mahi December 10, 2010 - 9:00 pm

Rava idlies look so nice! Since my hubby doesn't like them,I almost forgot this and rava dosa!

Clicks are so tempting! 😛

Priya December 11, 2010 - 12:24 am

Rava idlies looks soo soft and yummy..

kothiyavunu.com December 11, 2010 - 1:03 am

Nice click and looks so soft!

Sushma Mallya December 11, 2010 - 7:00 am

looks so spongy,very soft and yum

Sayantani December 11, 2010 - 7:18 am

thats my favourite Jayashri and your idlis look so soft and fluffy. I would try adding eno next time.

தக்குடுபாண்டி December 11, 2010 - 7:34 am

ரவா இட்லி மஞ்சள் தடவிண்டு பாக்கர்த்துக்கே சூப்பரா இருக்கு, ஸோ அந்த சொந்தக்காரா அதுக்கு அப்புறம் நம்பாத்துக்கு திருப்பி வந்தே இருக்க மாட்டாளே??..:PP

Jay December 11, 2010 - 3:17 pm

sooper tempting n inviting idlies..
Tasty appetite

Dimah December 12, 2010 - 6:15 pm

Looks great!

aipi December 12, 2010 - 8:22 pm

So soft n spongy..lovely recipe!!

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Laavanya December 12, 2010 - 10:09 pm

That looks really good... i used to not like rava idlis earlier on but we are quite fond of it nowadays.

Shanthi December 13, 2010 - 8:13 am

Ullam kollai pohudhey... rava idliyaik kandathu mudhal...

Kitchen Boffin December 14, 2010 - 6:04 am

looks yummy... haven't had a rava idli yet... hope will make someday..

Panchpakwan December 14, 2010 - 9:16 pm

Rava idli are all time fav breakfast..loved it..

sanjeeta kk December 16, 2010 - 4:05 am

Fluffy and beautiful texture for these idlies.

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Sayali December 17, 2010 - 7:24 pm

Grab 'One Lovely Blog' award from my blog 🙂

Mano Saminathan December 18, 2010 - 2:36 pm

Superb rava idlies! The beautiful photograph looks inviting!

Divya.M December 19, 2010 - 1:29 pm

it is simply superb..well explained.....

அப்பாவி தங்கமணி December 22, 2010 - 4:24 pm

wow...honestly mouthwatering pic.. definitely will try tonight itself... thanks Jaishree...(let me know if this idli atleast works for me...ha ha)

Sunshinemom December 25, 2010 - 5:47 am

Over from FB, and glad to have landed, Jeyashri! This used to be one of my fave dishes in pregan days! I tried with urad dal and the version is not delicate as the yogurt method. Beautiful pics and recipes!

Turmeric n Spice September 23, 2012 - 2:35 am

Absolute Sunday favorite Lovely presentation

Priya Ananth December 4, 2012 - 12:43 am

If I want to make 20 Rava idlis, how much eno fruit salt should I add to the batter?
Priya Ananth

admin December 4, 2012 - 4:44 am

Hi priya, the recipe i have given yields approx 5 idlis. i have added 1/2 tsp of eno salt for that. For 20 idlis u add 2 tsp of salt. But my idlis are slightly bigger in size as use the big idli pot for making idlis. If using idli cooker small pans add 1 tsp of eno salt.

Priya Ananth December 4, 2012 - 2:34 pm

Thanks Jeyashri. Yesterday I made just 6 idlis for me and my husband and it came out too good. Today I am making it for a friend. Almost 20-25. Thats why I had this doubt. Thanks for the clarification.

kaushik February 5, 2013 - 7:25 am

can we use cooking soda instead of enosalt

admin February 5, 2013 - 9:37 am

Though i have heard that you can use cooking soda instead of eno, never tried on my own. Hope it will come out well

Shyamala Devi Arulanandam March 17, 2013 - 2:49 am

Hi Jayashri,

I tried this recipe today. My Idli's came out a bit hard. Should the rava be roasted well before making this?

Also, I added the eno salt mixing with the water at the time of making the batter. Not too sure where I went wrong.

admin March 19, 2013 - 2:00 pm

the reason may be the idli batter may be too thick. Try adding little more water and try. the eno salt may be less active too

Dhaksh April 9, 2013 - 5:47 pm

Hi jeyashri, tried this recipe.idlis came out very well.. Thanks for the recipe..

shwetha s n April 25, 2013 - 4:40 am

Hi mam.. Adding eno salt good for kids.?

admin April 26, 2013 - 3:40 pm

Adding eno salt doesn't make harm to tummy. I will give to my kid when he was 5. I think above 3 yrs should be ok but not sure

shwetha s n April 27, 2013 - 6:53 am

But my son is of 2 1/2 years old.....
hw to make rava idli soft other than using eno salt..

admin April 28, 2013 - 1:42 pm

I am not sure shwetha, generally instead of eno salt we add 2 pinches of cooking soda

shwetha s n April 29, 2013 - 2:14 am

Ok i wil try this..thank u mam

shwetha s n April 25, 2013 - 4:45 am

Shall i try this with only rava not adding extra ingredients....

Smita Patra May 20, 2013 - 4:06 pm

Wht should be the quantity of water ... if the water quantity is more thn ll it affext my rava idli......

admin May 23, 2013 - 5:14 am

I never measured the water quantity. But approximately 1/4 cup of water will be enough.

Vysakh July 17, 2013 - 9:30 am

What is Eno Salt..!! May i add cooking soda..

admin July 18, 2013 - 2:52 pm

Eno salt is the one which u get in pharmacy and in super markets too. Generally we use this for indigestion or gastric problems. You can add cooking soda, but not too about the results.

sathu August 11, 2014 - 11:21 am

adding cooking soda makes to retain the soda smell when the idly is cooked it happened to me

sathya rajagopal

Surya Baskar November 8, 2013 - 8:48 am

Very nice blog..

lity li August 17, 2015 - 6:43 am

Thanks for this recipes.Last night i tried it it came very yummy and delicious everybody like in my home your recipes.Thanks for sharing this recipes
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Uma May 10, 2020 - 10:16 pm

I followed your recipe and made rava idli for my mom on Mother’s Day and she is so touched. The idli’s are awesome; very soft and fluffy. I followed your recipe to the T.

Jeyashri suresh May 14, 2020 - 12:10 pm

So happy to know that, thank you


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