Rava Idly is a popular and delicious South Indian breakfast dish that is quite simple to prepare. It is prepared basically from rava or sooji also called ‘semolina’ along with other ingredients. The fluffy, soft idlis make a delicious breakfast option. Rava Idly is believed to have its origin in the southern state of Karnataka in India. It is said to have been invented by a restaurant named ‘Mavalli Tiffin Room(MTR)’ in Bangalore, quite renowned for its South Indian delicacies. The idea behind the invention was the convenient and quick alternative to the traditional rice and lentil combination for preparing idlis that required soaking, grinding and fermentation. Rava Idly gained fast popularity due to the simplicity and the ability for preparing quick idlis. Rava Idly is prepared using a few basic ingredients – semolina, yogurt, vegetables and seasonings. Semolina is lightly roasted before adding to the curd mixture to enhance the flavor. The resulting batter is steamed in idly molds to prepare soft idlis.

One of the unique features of Rava Idly is its versatility. The batter can be customized adding grated carrot, finely chopped capsicum or even cashew nuts for added taste and flavor. Idli holds a special place in South Indian Cuisine. They are commonly savored for breakfast or as a light meal along with an array of colorful accompaniments like chutney and sambar. Steamed Rava Idli is nutrient rich and are easier to digest. Serve Rava Idly hot and fresh along with your favorite chutney accompaniment. Rava Idli tends to become hard and dry if kept for extended period. It is best recommended to savor these idlis within a few hours of preparation. Try the dish at home and do send me your valuable feedback. You can explore a well detailed Rava Idly recipe here.

Tasty Rava Idly

A variety idly
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine Tamil
Servings 4 people


  • 1 cup Semolina/Rava roasted
  • Oil As reqd
  • 1 no Onion chopped
  • 1/4 piece Ginger
  • 1 no Green chilly chopped
  • 1 tsp Mustard
  • 1 1/2 cup Sour curd
  • Soda powder A pinch
  • 1 tbsp Coriander leaves
  • Salt To taste


  • For preparing tasty rava idly, splutter mustard seeds in oil. Add chopped onion, ginger and green chillies.
  • Pour this to curd. Add soda powder, coriander leaves and salt.
  • Then add rava and mix well. Keep aside for 30 minutes.
  • Pour this in idly steamer and cook for 8 minutes.
  • Serve the tasty rava idly hot.
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