Homemade Rava Idli Mix

For Day 3, week 1 of BM #37, Here is a life saver for the weekday morning rush.

I have taken refuge in this simple homemade mix umpteen number of times over the past few years. This mix stays good for about a month in the refrigerator (I haven't tested beyond a month :) ). 

Homemade Rava Idli Mix

Ingredients - 

Sooji / Bombay Rava / Semolina 1 cup
Onions, finely chopped 1/4 cup
Carrots, grated 1/2 cup (Any other vegetables can be added)
Nuts, chopped 2 Tbsp (I used almonds and cashews)
Salt as needed
Ginger, grated 1/2 tsp
Green Chillies, minced 1/2 tsp (or as needed)
Coriander leaves, finely chopped few
Seasoning (Oil 2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Chana Dal 1 tsp, Jeera 1/2 tsp, Asafoetida 2 pinches, Curry leaves few)

* Note that the vegetables and nuts are all optional. They just make it tastier and add more nutrients. :)

Rava Idli

Method Of Preparation -

In a heated pan, add oil and the rest of the seasoning ingredients.

After the mustard seeds crackle, saute the onions until golden brown. Also add the shredded carrots, grated ginger, minced green chillies, coriander leaves and chopped nuts.

Saute all of them until they are cooked through.

Add the Sooji/Rava and saute until it changes color.

Add salt, mix and remove from fire.

Upon cooling, transfer into an air tight container and refrigerate for further use.

When ready to use, add a pinch of baking soda/ENO fruit salt and mix the batter with buttermilk/yogurt. Pour into idli moulds and steam for 15 min. Let it cool for a few minutes and serve with a chutney of your choice.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 37.

Preparation Time 15
Makes 8 idlis
Posted by Harini R on Wednesday, February 5, 2014


  1. Unknown Says:
  2. Thats one of fav version of idli :) I love to make the rava idli mix at home :) idli's look super yummy !!

  3. tis s jus awesome..

  4. Srivalli Says:
  5. I love such ready to use mixes Harini, should try it myself sometime...

  6. Sumee Says:
  7. Very nice idea Harini. I usually make it instant, but keeping the mix ahead of time surely will help.

  8. Suma Gandlur Says:
  9. Very handy for impromptu meals. I too make it instantly when needed but somehow I am partial to the real deal, MTR's packet.:)

  10. Pavani Says:
  11. This is just so perfect for quick meals when mind goes blank on what to make and fridge is empty :-)

  12. very interesting, i never knew it would be this easy to make it at home

  13. This seems like a life saver in early morning rush and when one is not in a mood for an elaborate cooking.

  14. great time saver to have this done in advance I am sure

  15. Lovely post! I make this mix and carry it with me when I travel...

  16. Padmajha Says:
  17. One of my fav's! I make the mix just before preparing the idlis. This mix sounds like a time saver.Good one Harini...

  18. Unknown Says:
  19. Very useful post .. Love the instant way of making them..

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  21. Archana Says:
  22. Okay this one will sit next to to the upit mix I have started making. Thanks Harini.

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