Rava Idli / Sooji Idli / Steamed And Spiced Semolina Dumplings



Remember sometime back, when I’d confessed about my addiction here? Well, it had been a couple of weeks since then and my cravings had begun to creep up again. So, instead of making Rava dosas like last time, I decided on the easier, rava idlis. Obviously, the lesser work involved the more happy I am. And since I put loads of veggies in my idlis. I like to think the lazier me provides healthier options for my family ;).


1 cup coarse rava
2 cups sour curd/yogurt
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
2 tbsp chopped curry leaves
1/2 cup mixed veggies (I use finely diced tomatoes, grated carrots and slightly cooked peas)
5 – 6 tbsp of clarified butter(ghee)
1/2 tsp grated and crushed ginger
1 tsp bengal gram(channa dal)
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1tbsp chopped cashew nuts
1/2 tbsp chopped green chilies (optional)
1/4 tsp baking soda (optional)
few whole cashew nuts to place on top of the idlis for aesthetics
salt to taste



  • Dry roast the semolina till it is slightly toasted and emits a  a nice aroma.
  • Heat ghee in a pan, add mustard seeds, dal, chopped nuts, curry leaves and sauté.
  • When the mustard pops, add ginger and green chilies, and sauté for a minute.
  •  Switch off the heat add the toasted semolina and mix well.
  • Add salt, soda, carrot, coriander leaves, yogurt and mix well.
  • Let it to settle for 30mins.
  • Grease an idli stand with ghee, place a cashew nut at the center of each depression and then and then pour in the mixture on top of the nut.
  • Steam for around 15-20mins.
  • Serve hot with coconut chutney or sambar.
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    4 Responses to “Rava Idli / Sooji Idli / Steamed And Spiced Semolina Dumplings”

    1. Kaila says:

      This looks really tasty. Is there any way to make idli in general without an idli stand? I’ve heard of a few other ways, but they all seem kind of… vague. Can you help me out?

    2. Asha says:

      Really nice photos, and simple, to the point directions.

    3. julie says:

      mala, i guess u caught the site when i was trying out some new style sheets…
      i love mtr too…i make from scratch only when i’ve run out of them 😉

    4. Mala says:

      Hey what happened to the nice green backdrop? Thanks for the Rava idli recipe, I am usually a MTR instant rava idli fan, a frequent product of my ocassional cooking. Will try this next 🙂

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