Sunday 15 January 2017

Idli |Soft and spongy idli's made from idli rava

South Indian breakfast is incomplete without Idli and dosa.Idli is the healthiest breakfast option.What is idli? Steamed rice and lentil cakes are known as idli.Traditionally Idli is made with dosa batter.Soft,spongy idlis can be made with idli rava/cream of rice too. Idli rava looks similar to our regular rava and is easily available in Indian stores.Compared to regular idli's the idli's made from rava require less soaking and labour .All you have to do is grind the urad dal only.I have used standard cup for measuringYou can use any cup just remember to measure both the rava and urad dal with same cup.The ratio is 2;1 ,for 2 parts rava one part urad dal.

Until my grand mother was alive only regular idli's were made .But when my mother took over the kitchen she found the idli's made with idli rava more convenient and happily accepted by the folks at home.Since then these idlis became part of breakfast menu.My kids don't prefer idli in their lunch box,so I reserve it for weekends.Usually Friday is the idli day at home.Steaming hot idlis with piping hot sambar.....Life can't be better than this!!!  

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Recipe for idli

Soaking time :4-5 hours
Fermentation :7-8 hours
cooking time:10 minutes
serves:16 idli


  • 1/2 cup -urad Dal/black gram
  • 1 cup -idli rava
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • a pinch of sodium bicarbonate


1.Wash and soak rava and urad Dal separately for 4 to 5 hours.(use level cup of rava and urad dal) 

2.Drain the water completely from the rava by squeezing between your palms.

3.Grind urad Dal to a paste by adding some water if required.

4.Mix rava and urad Dal paste thoroughly into a homogeneous mixture .

5.Cover and place it in a warm place to ferment over night.

6.In summer just leave it on the kitchen top where as in winters place it in oven or in the shelf.

7.In the morning add salt, sodium bicarbonate, mix well and set aside for 5 minutes.

8.Grease the idli stand with oil and add the batter to the moulds.

9.Do not fill the batter to the brim as the batter expands on steaming and it will over flow .and you will end up with shapeless idli's.

10.Add a glass of  water to the idli pot and place it on the flame .

11.Place the idli stand care fully in the pot and cover the lid.

12.Steam it for 10 minutes and  switch off the flame

13.Allow to rest for 5 minutes and open the lid .

14. Carefully scoop out the idli's with a spoon and serve with your choice of chutney or sambar.  


  1. Iddlies are always super food.and.our family favorite .
    Clicks are beautiful so mouthwatering ��

  2. This looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing! <3 -

  3. I used to wonder why the idlis in hotels look so different from the home made ones. I did not know about idli rava and I am definitely going to buy this soon!

  4. Ah! Never heard of Idli rava and never caught my eye at the stores even in India! Can you share the picture of the packet? I have always made idli is raw rice and urad dal. Just recently made rava idlis but I guess that semolina is different from what you are using.. I have to find this out! Looks so white and soft! We too have idlis often and we love it with beef curry! :-D

    1. It is easily available in India.Yes the semolina for rava idli is different from idli rava.Thank you famidha.


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