Rava Idly/Semolina Idly/Semolina cake with veggies - Instant Sooji Idly

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Monday, November 26, 2018

I cannot imagine a south-indian house-hold running with idly/dosa. Almost every one of them will have a dabba of idly/dosa batter for emergencies in their fridge. I too have idly/dosa batter always in my fridge, every sunday it is a ritual to soak rice and dal for grinding batter. In my mom's place it is my dad's duty to grind idly batter, though recent days amma is managing it all alone, but still appa monitors the grinder😀
So, what will we do when we run out of our primary breakfast source, we improvise and still try to make our soft and fluffy idlies, appear on the table. Instant rava idly/Sooji idly is a blessing in those times, mix and steam, you can add a variety of veggies to it, make it colorful by adding veggie/spinach paste.
Rava idly happens atleast once in 15 days at home, mainly for kiddo's breakfast box. Elder one loves to have it with podi, whereas my lil one is happy with sambar or some pickle mixed with yogurt, yeah, he is one of kind in our house. A quickie recipe for lunchboxes or even for a weekend breakfast, do try and let me know how you liked it.

2 cups of Rawa/Sooji/Semolina
2 cups of Sour Yoghurt,Whisked
1 tsp of Eno Fruit Salt or 1/2 tsp baking soda
Salt to taste

For Seasoning
2 tsp oil
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
1 onion, finely sliced
1 carrot, grated
1 capsicum, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp sambar powder (or you can add 2 green chilies too)
1/2 tsp Ginger juliennes
2 sprigs Curry leaves
hing a pinch
  • Heat 1 tsp of oil in a pan and roast the Semolina, until it gives out a nice aroma, Watch the flame. Mix the roasted semolina with the yoghurt and salt. 
  • If the batter is too thick you can add little more yoghurt or Water.  I normally use Thick Buttermilk instead of Yoghurt. 
  • Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds, add onion, curry leaves, hing and ginger and saute for a minute. Then add the veggies and saute for 3-4 minutes.
  • Next add sambar powder and cover and cook for 5 minutes until the rawness escapes. Once done, remove and add this to the rava batter, Mix well. 
  • Next add the fruit salt or baking soda  to the batter and mix well. Let it sit for 5 minutes. 
  • Grease the Idly plates and Pour the batter into the moulds and steam cook for 10 minutes in a slow flame.
  • When done, Take it out of the steamer, Give it a minute to cool and then unmould. Enjoy with any Spicy Chutney.
  • We Enjoyed it with some Ivy gourd chutney and tiffen sambar.

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  1. Hy Priya,
    Wat a colourful n tempting rawa idly...love to taste with spicy idly powder...awesome recipe

  2. Looks do healthy and delicious

  3. Rawa idly!looks really good,lovely colour and nice adding veggies!

  4. Priya idly looks very gud..I love the colour..bookmarked it

  5. Rawa idlya pakkura pothey yeduthu saapidanam pola irruku..soo cute and tempting..

  6. Quickfix rawa idly, I am smiling back at the smiley on one of your idlis..so naturally formed by the curry leaf and mustard.

  7. Wow, Priya, they look lovely. It is almost my preparation, just that I don't add turmeric powder.

  8. Thank you friends for those wonderful encouraging comments.
    @Priya(yallapantula) Mitharwal i havent added turmeric, its the sauted veggies and roasted rawa giving this color!!!!

  9. I always wonder why I never tried this when I have idli lovers in the house! And I am now feeling it would taste like steamed upma... Hehe... Must must try soon...

  10. New clicks rocks Priya, and those veggies makes this rawa idlies more healthy and catchy.

  11. This is such a great breakfast when we run out of idli batter. With so much of veggies the idlis looks so colourful..

  12. Your veggie rawa idli look so soft and fluffy Priya. I am one of those 'odd man out' south Indian who doesn't make idli or dosa frequently at home :-( But these instant idli would definitely satisfy the idli-lovers at home (that would be my husband and my son).

  13. Rava idly is an all time favourite for my son. And with veggies no doubt it tasted awesome.

  14. What a lovely looking idli and love the addition of vegetables. This is my go to recipe on a busy weeknight.

  15. It's fantastic that your boys enjoy this breakfast..those idlis look so inviting Priya..

  16. Idlis looking great, and such a inviting platter must say. Perfect morning breakfast. With veggies they make a filling, delicious and finger licking breakfast

  17. instant idly looks so good and with veggies is an added plus!


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