Jun 13, 2013

Idli recipe with Idli rava

Idlis are the most common South-Indian breakfast recipes. It is made with rice and urad dal and sometimes made with idli rava. Idli's are paired with different kinds of chutneys, lentil based curries like sambhar or even with meat curries. There is no limit to accompaniments for idlis. 

Idlis are traditional South-Indian breakfast recipes, made often almost on daily basis. It is highly economical and most often dietitians recommend idlis for breakfast because it contains no fat, no cholesterol and no saturated fat. It is a good source of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. 

The recipe below is a fast food style idly. I love idlis made with idli rava. It is very soft and the texture is coarse unlike rice idlis. This batter is simple and very easy because you don't need a grinder. The batter can be easily made using a blender. Often my friends ask me whether they need grinder or not. In many hotels and fast foods, they don't grind idly rava, they just mix it with ground urad dal batter. 


3 cups Idli Rava
3/4 cup urad dal
1/2 cup Beaten rice (poha)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp Baking Soda


  • Soak idli rava, urad dal and beaten rice separately for at least 6 hours

  • Wash urad dal and beaten rice in water for 2 to 3 times. Grind both urad dal and beaten rice. Add little water if required

  • Then wash idli rava with water and drain excess water. Use a cheese cloth to squeeze excess water. Add it to urad dal - beaten rice batter

  • To this, add salt and baking soda. Mix well. Cover it with a lid and keep it in warm place for atleast 8 to 10 hours for fermentation

  • Now swirl the batter gently. Lightly grease idly moulds and pour a spoon full of batter on molds. 

  • Steam it using pressure cooker without using whistle or using idli steamer. Steam for 10 to 15 minutes

  • Wet the spoon and scoop out idli from the moulds 
  • Serve hot with Chutney and Sambhar

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