How To Make Rava Idli Batter – Rava Idli Batter Recipe
How To Make Instant Rava Idli Using Rava Idli Batter
Rava Idli Recipe Using Rava Idli Batter From Scratch
Rava idli batter recipe is instant idli batter recipe. You can make instant rava idli using rava idli batter which is made using rava (sooji or semolina flour and few other ingredients). So this rava idli batter recipe is also instant idli recipe or rava idli recipe, especially if you already know how to make idli from idli batter. If you don’t know how to make idli from idli batter also that’s fine as I explain to you how to make rava idli using the rava idli batter.
Before going to the rava idli batter recipe, let me tell you that this is a very simple and easy to follow rava idli batter recipe which you can quickly make with the basic ingredients required to make the rava idli batter for idli.
You can see there are many optional ingredients which you can add to the batter and they are very much worth adding to the batter. The flavor your rava idli will greatly depend of which all optional ingredients you choose to add. There are some optional ingredients which I strongly recommend for the best flavor.
However, in case you are out of those optional ingredients or if you just don’t have the time to add them, you can still prepare the tasty and easy rava idli using the basic ingredients to make the rava idli batter. Feel free to experiment with the optional ingredients based on your taste preferences, you may even add new flavors or new ingredients like chopped veggies to add to the batter to make your own rava idli batter!
The below shown picture shows how the semolina flour (sooji flour or rava flour) looks like.
See easy Indian dessert recipe for sooji rava ladoo here
So let us see more about rava idli batter recipe (or rava idli recipe using rava idli batter).
Let us first learn how to make rava idli batter using this easy rava idli batter recipe and then learn how to make instant rava idli (steamed semolina cakes) using the batter prepared from scratch.
You definitely need an idli cooker to make idlis.
You can buy idli cooker here. I have bought the same idli cooker from Amazon which I still use. You can make different kind of idlis like rice idli, rava idli or more varieties in this kind of idli cooker designed to make steamed idlis.
And to make rava idli batter and rava idlis, you definitely need rava or sooji flour which is the slightly coarse semolina flour.
Rava Idli or sooji rawa idli is one of the most popular, kid friendly, healthy and easy breakfast recipes in South India, which you can make from scratch so quickly. As the name suggests rava idli is made of quick cooking semolina flour which is actually kind of very finely broken wheat known as rava (rawa) or sooji.
Rice idlis are more traditional and they are made by grinding fermented rice and urad dal (black gram skin removed) and steaming the batter using idly cooker.
But this recipe of sooji rava idli is a quicker version using the sooji or semolina flour which doesn’t require fermentation.
They go great with any Indian chutney or side dishes of your choice, but they taste just great even without any side dish. This is a breakfast recipe, but it is quite filling and very commonly used for dinner as well. They are also suitable to send in kids lunch boxes.
The good thing is that you need only few ingredients and you can make this in a hurry if you have an idly cooker. Total preparation time and cooking time will not exceed more than 20 minutes.
Ingredients to make rava idli batter recipe from scratch:
Rava ( Sooji or Semolina flour) 1 Cup
Yogurt 1/2 Cup
Water 1/2 Cup
Baking Soda 3/4 teaspoon
Ghee or Melted Butter 2 tablespoon
Cashew Nuts a few (optional but I strongly recommend)
Raisins a few (optional but you can add if you love raisins)
More Optional Ingredients:
Mustard Seeds 1 teaspoon
Grated carrots 1/4 Cup
Note: I had to skip cashew nuts and raisins too since I was out of stock for those, but I clicked the pictures which turned out okay so I thought of posting them here. However, I strongly recommend adding them especially if you have never tried rava idli before as this greatly improve the flavor (but you can make rava idli batter without them also, feel free to experiment with the optional ingredients).
Instructions for making rava idli batter recipe
Roast sooji in a pan for few minutes and keep it aside. The color of your rava idli will depend on how long you roast sooji, as sooji turns slightly brown with roasting. If you roast for less time, it will be white in color. Both are fine, just make sure you roast the sooji rava flour to avoid the raw taste. If you are buying roasted sooji, you can skip this step.
Add salt and baking soda to the roasted sooji and mix well.
Add yogurt to the sooji mix and stir well to avoid lumps.
Add water to the sooji yogurt mixture and again stir well to make the batter.
Heat ghee in a pan and fry the cashew nuts and raisins till they turn golden color.
Add the fried cashew nuts and raisins along with the ghee to the sooji batter and stir well till it is well combined. (if you are not using cashew nuts or raisins just add the melted clarified ghee, you can slightly heat the ghee to melt it).
If you are using the mustard seeds, you can splutter the mustard seeds in little oil or ghee and slightly stir fry the grated carrots and add them to the batter.
Now the batter of the rava idli is ready to be used!
(Alternatively you can use the instant Rava idly mix instead of preparing the batter from scratch.)
How To Make Rava Idli From Rava Idli Batter
You will need the idly cooker to make the idlies. Using a spoon, pour the batter on the molds.
Add little water in the bottom of the cooker and place the idly plates one on top of another, inside the cooker. Make sure you do not have too much water on the cooker which may spoil the dish.
Close the cooker and place on high heat. Once the water starts boiling, which takes only a few seconds, reduce the flames and steam on low heat for about 8 to 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, remove from heat and open the cooker. Let it cool for few minutes.
Once the idlis are cooled, you can take them out of the molds using a spoon. If you want, you can grease the molds with little ghee or oil before pouring the batter which will make things easier.
You can see the rava idli photo below!
Hope you find the post on rava idli batter recipe to make rava idli at home helpful!