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II Rava Idli (Steamed Semolina Cakes) II


  • 2 cups Semolina (Rava)
  • 1 cup dahi / plain non-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 " piece ginger, grated
  • 8 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 10-12 curry leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. asafoetida
  • 1 tbsp. bengal gram (channa daal)
  • 1 tbsp. split black gram (Urad daal)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp oil

  • Beat the yogurt with 1 cup of water. Add salt and asafoetida.
  • Heat oil in a kadhai (wok), add semolina and daals and stir-fry till semolina changes its colour to very light brown. Allow to cool.
  • Add semolina to beaten yogurt. Add remaining ingredients except baking soda and mix. Set aside for 30 minutes.
  • Before steaming the idlis, make sure the batter is of dropping consistency.
  • Add baking soda and water as required.
  • Put the batter in a well greased idli moulds or shallow pans and steam in a pressure cooker or double steamer for 10-15 minutes or until done.
  • Cool slightly before taking out of moulds. If shallow pans are used, cut into squares or desired shape before serving.
  • Serve hot with coconut chutney or Sambhar .


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