If you are looking for instant idli/dosa recipes, one of the best breakfast items is the Rava Idli. There are several variations to this simple yet delicious and healthy idli recipe. My mom used to make this fairly regularly as it was our family favorite. I use all veggies in my fridge and grind them all in a chopper. My in-laws were pretty impressed when I first prepared this.

Rava Idli

2 Cups Semolina (Sooji or Bombay Rava)
2 Cups Buttermilk
2 Cups Vegetables (Carrots, Beans, Cabbage, Capsicum, Peas)
2 Green Chillies
2 Sprigs Cilantro
A few Curry leaves
A Small piece of Ginger
1 Tbsp Oil

Method Of Preparation -

Add oil to the Rava in a bowl and mix it till it is coated well with oil and keep it aside.

Meanwhile, chop all the vegetables, cilantro, curry leaves, green chillies and ginger and add it to the rava mix.

Add the buttermilk to this along with some salt to make it into a thick batter.
Pour the batter into greased idli plates and let them cook for about 12 minutes in a idli cooker.

After they are done, leave them open to air for about 5 minutes before taking them out.

Note : You could add more veggies like Onions, potatoes and even tomatoes to this. My mom adds some baking soda to this to make them a little more fluffier. Optionally, could coarse-grind and add a few nuts (cashews/peanuts/Almonds) to make it more nutritious. I also add some rice flour to the batter and use it to prepare Rava uthappams the next day.

Serves 4 adults
Preparation time 10 mins
Cooking Time 12 mins
Posted by Jaya on Monday, April 12, 2010


  1. Priya Suresh Says:
  2. One of my favourite dish, love the colour of ur idlies, looks awesome..

  3. Jaya Says:
  4. Thx Priya

    Silpa, thanks for your comment. I love these idlis better than the regular ones!

  5. Nithu Bala Says:
  6. Yummy Idlies..love the picture..it makes me drool here..

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