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South Indian Dish

Authentic Rava Idli
This is a daily essential in southern Indian cuisine, usually made with rava (sooji), also made with grind rice , smell of fresh idlli out of steamer will make you hungry any time of the day. Easy to digest for children and elderly.

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Authentic Rava Idli

Authentic Rava Idli
Total Time Prep Time Cook Time Serves 2


  • 2 Cup Semolina  (also known as Rava / Sooji)
  • 4 tbsp Yogurt  
  • 1/2 tsp Salt  
  • 1 tbsp Canola Oil  (to grease the Idli molds.)
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda  ((if baking soda is not available, you can also use one sachet of Eno Fruit Salt or one teaspoon of ENO easily available in market))
  • 1 Cup Water  


  • 1. mix dry ingredients well in a mixing bowl
    Additional Notes
    Do not add Baking Soda / Eno yet
  • 2. Add water and yogurt to the mix and stir till smooth paste is formed
    Additional Notes
    If water seems to be less or soaked by dry mix, add small quantity of water carefully while stirring
  • 3. Add Eno / Baking soda to the paste and stir
    Additional Notes
    do not stir too much and perform next steps quickly for better idlli
  • 4. Grease idli maker tray well with oil
    Additional Notes
    this step will ensure your idlli will come out without breaking and easily.
  • 5. add small quantity of mix to each block in the idli tray, and place the tray in the steamer for 5-7 minutes, cover the steamer and once time is up, take it out and perform the toothpick test
  • Step for Recipe - Authentic Rava Idli
    6. scrape the idli from the tray blocks and serve hot with sambhar and chutney
    Additional Notes
    you can use a spoon or a idli scrapper to do this
Savita's Notes:
serve it with hot sambhar and coconut chutney

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