Thursday, July 18, 2024

HomeWorld Traditional RecipesIndian Traditional RecipesAuthentic Recipe of Rava Idli. Tasteful Indian Savory Semolina Cake from Karnataka...

Authentic Recipe of Rava Idli. Tasteful Indian Savory Semolina Cake from Karnataka Region.

Want to make tasty Idli but don’t have much time? Click here to read the quick and authentic recipe for Indian Savory Semolina Cake – Rava Idli.

Things to know about Rava Idli Recipe

During the Second World War, there was a shortage of rice, and it was a staple ingredient to make Idli. During this time, Mavalli Tiffin Rooms (MTR), a popular restaurant chain in Karnataka, experimented with making Idli from semolina instead of rice. And so, a new variation of Idli, known as the Rava Idli, was born.

The Indian Savory Semolina Cake from Karnataka – Rava Idli is a simple yet popular South Indian breakfast made with semolina batter. Unlike the traditional Idli, it is a hassle-free recipe that doesn’t require grinding and fermenting. It can be prepared easily in under an hour, without prior preparation, and tastes delicious.

This recipe involves using baking soda or fruit salt for leavening the batter and making the Idlis soft and fluffy. The addition of herbs, cashew nuts, spices, and yogurt, makes Rava Idli taste delicious without anything. It also tastes fabulous with coconut condiment and sambar, a lentil-based vegetable stew.

Tasteful Indian Savory Semolina Cake from Karnataka Region. Authentic Recipe of Rava Idli.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: ರವೆ ಇಡ್ಲಿ
User submitted Recipe
5 from 1 vote

— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes
Dish Type Cake Recipes
Main Cooking Method Steaming


Servings 10 Pieces
Calories / Serving 105 kcal


  • 1 cup Semolina
  • ½ cup Yogurt
  • ½ cup Water
  • 1 tsp Fruit Salt
  • 2 tbsp Carrot Grated
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Coriander Chopped
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Clarified Butter
  • 10 pcs Cashew Halved
  • ½ tsp Mustard Seed
  • 1 tsp Bengal Gram (Split)
  • ½ tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 10 pcs Curry Leaf Chopped
  • 1 tsp Fresh Ginger Root Chopped
  • 1 tsp Green Chili Chopped
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida
Our selection for you. CLICK TO SEE.
Authentic Recipe of Shepherd’s Pie. Delicious British Traditional Shepherd’s Pie from Britain.


  • Heat clarified butter in a pan and add cashew nuts cut into half. Once they become golden brown, take them out with a slotted spoon and keep them on the side.
  • Keep the heat low and in the same pan, add mustard seeds. As soon as you hear the sputtering sound of mustard seeds, add the split chickpeas. Stir well till it becomes crunchy.
  • Now add cumin seeds, chopped curry leaves, ginger, green chilies, and a pinch of asafoetida. Mix everything nicely and fry for 10-15 seconds.
  • Add semolina and keep on mixing till it becomes aromatic. It will take 5-7 minutes for the semolina to roast properly. Once it turns a little golden, switch off the flame and keep the pan aside.
  • To prepare the batter for the Rava idli, add finely chopped carrot, coriander leaves, and salt to the roasted semolina.
  • Pour in yogurt and water as per the requirement. The batter should have a medium consistency.
  • Mix everything well and let the batter rest for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, check the batter's consistency and add baking soda or fruit salt to it. Stir it quickly.
  • Now grease the Idli molds and place the fried cashew nuts at the center of each mold. Pour the semolina batter in it, and keep the mold in the steamer for 10-12 minutes.
  • Once the Idli cooks nicely, take the molds out and let them rest for 5 minutes.
  • Finally, remove the Idlis with a spoon and serve them hot with fresh coconut condiment. Your mouthwatering Rava Idli is ready.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

Healthy Diet Recipe Healthy Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
Religious Cooking Hinduist Recipes


Calories: 105kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 3gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 129mgPotassium: 75mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 597IUVitamin C: 40mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Indian Savory Semolina Cake, Rava Idli Recipe, ರವೆ ಇಡ್ಲಿ
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Cooking tip for making Rava Idli

  • You can skip adding leavening agents like baking soda and fruit salt to the batter if unavailable. However, the Idli will become a little dense but soft.
  • Use Semolina flour instead of coarse one. The small-grained version is called the ‘Bombay Rava.’
  •  Make sure that you roast the semolina nicely in clarified butter. Otherwise, the Indian Savory Semolina Cake from Karnataka – Rava Idli becomes sticky after steaming.
Our selection for you. CLICK TO SEE.
Authentic Recipe of Callos a la Madrilena. Hearty Spanish Traditional Madrilenian Style Tripe Stew.

What to serve with Rava Idli?

Serve the soft Rava Idli with Sambar and coconut condiments. You can also have them as it is.

Variations of Rava Idli

The Rava Idli is a variation of Indian Traditional Savory Rice Cake – Idli.

Photo Disclaimer: – Images used in this article are owned by the respective individuals, artists, or other parties who post on their private social media accounts. These images only serve as an inspiration and cannot be copied (images or designs) for personal use.

Health Disclaimer: Agoralia is not responsible for any health problems that could be related to the information provided on the website. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice. The content is for informational purposes only, and should not be taken as professional medical advice reliance on or use of the information on the website is at their own risk. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition. Never disregard the advice of a medical professional, or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website.


How useful was this post?

Click on a heart to rate it!

Average rating 0 / 5. Vote count: 0

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

As you found this post useful...

Follow us on social media!

We are sorry that this post was not useful for you!

Our selection for you. CLICK TO SEE.
Authentic Recipe of Chitranna. Delicious Indian Traditional Lemon Rice from Karnataka.

Let us improve this post!

Tell us how we can improve this post?


Most Popular