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Instant Rava Idli / Steamed Semolina Patties

VegCookBook by Praveena
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast, Dinner
Cuisine Indian


  • 1 cup Rava / Semolina / Sooji 
  • 1 cup Homemade Curd / Plain Yogurt / Greek Yogurt
  • 3 Green Chillies (finely chopped)
  • handful Fresh Coriander (finely chopped)
  • 5 Curry Leaves (finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt (as per taste)
  • ¼ cup Water (as required)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Cooking Oil
  • ¼ teaspoon Baking Soda / Eno / Fruit Salt

Ingredients For Tempering

  • ¼ teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon Jeera / Cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon Urad Dal / Black Gram
  • ¼ teaspoon Chana Dal / Bengal Gram Lentils
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder (optional)
  • 10 Cashew Nuts


  • Firstly put a frying pan on stove top under medium flame.
  • Add the oil and let it heat.
  • Add all the ‘ingredients for tempering’ into the pan and let them turn light brown.
  • Add all of the chopped green chillies, chopped coriander and chopped curry leaves.
  • Give a stir. 
  • Add the semolina and dry roast till you get a pleasant aroma and the colour of semolina slightly changes. This might take around 3-4 mins.
  • Switch the flame off and transfer the semolina into a wide mixing bowl.
  • Add the salt and baking/cooking soda into the same.
  • Mix everything and then add the curd/yogurt to the bowl.
  • Now, mix everything thoroughly into a smooth batter by adding the water. See pics below for the consistency.
  • Apply oil to the idli pans and pour in the batter up to ¾ level of each hole.
  • Put the pans into an idli steamer or into a wide bottomed vessel filled with 2 cups of water.
  • Close the lid of the vessel, put it on stove top under high flame.
  • Steam them for up to 10-12 mins, switch the flame off and leave the vessel unopened for 3 more mins.
  • Gently take the idli(s) out of the idli pan with a wet spoon and serve!! Done!!