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Healthy Recipes: Semolina Dumplings (Rava Idli) Recipe

Updated on April 22, 2017
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Some Information About Rava Idli (Semolina Dumpling)

Rava idli is one of the most popular breakfast dishes in India. They are soft, aromatic, and easily digestible. The side dish or chutney for this idli should be spicy because rava idlis are fairly bland.

Roasted semolina is mixed with thick curd to make the batter. Grated carrot is mixed with the batter to make it more healthy. These idlis are sometimes topped with fried cashew nut pieces or with chopped tomato, etc. Unlike other idlis, rava idli batter does not need fermentation. Making this dish takes about 30 minutes. Hot idlis are served with potato curry and coconut chutney.

Rava idli (semolina dumplings)
Rava idli (semolina dumplings)
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Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves four people
  • 2 cups medium semolina
  • 1/6 cup carrot, grated
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped(optional)
  • 8 curry leaves
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated
  • 1/2 tsp Eno fruit salt, or 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or as per taste
  • 2 tsp oil or ghee
  • 1/2 tsp ghee, for greasing idli moulds
  • 2 cups thick curd or yogurt, medium sour
  • 1 tbsp cashew nut pieces, for topping(optional)
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making Semolina Dumplings(Rava Idli)

  1. Heat ghee or oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. Let them crackle. Throw in curry leaves. Add semolina. Roast it on low fire for 3-4 minutes or until you get a nice aroma. Turn off the fire. Transfer the contents to a mixing bowl. Keep aside for cooling.
  2. Grease the idli moulds and keep ready the steamer or cooker.
  3. Take the mixing bowl having roasted semolina. Add grated ginger, chopped coriander leaves, curd or yogurt, and salt. Mix well. Leave for 5 minutes.
  4. If the batter is too thick, add water and adjust the consistency. For rava idli, the batter should be thick like any other idli batter.
  5. Add Eno fruit salt or baking soda. Quickly give a stir. The batter raises in volume. Pour it into the greased moulds. Keep the moulds inside the steamer or cooker. Steam for 10 minutes on medium high flame. Turn off the fire.
  6. Sprinkle some water on the steamed hot idlis. This will help to moisten the idlis.
  7. Remove them from the moulds, using a spoon when they are warm.
  8. Semolina dumplings (rava idli) are ready to serve. Serve hot idlis with potato curry and spicy coconut chutney. Enjoy eating awesome idlis!

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Ingredients kept readyRoasted semolina mixed with other ingredientsCurd and Eno fruit salt added to the mixThe batter being poured into the idli mouldsCooked rava idlisSemolina dumplings arranged on a plateRava idli and chutneyRava idli batter with carrot, cashew nuts, and tomato topping
Ingredients kept ready
Ingredients kept ready
Roasted semolina mixed with other ingredients
Roasted semolina mixed with other ingredients
Curd and Eno fruit salt added to the mix
Curd and Eno fruit salt added to the mix
The batter being poured into the idli moulds
The batter being poured into the idli moulds
Cooked rava idlis
Cooked rava idlis
Semolina dumplings arranged on a plate
Semolina dumplings arranged on a plate
Rava idli and chutney
Rava idli and chutney
Rava idli batter with carrot, cashew nuts, and tomato topping
Rava idli batter with carrot, cashew nuts, and tomato topping

Important Tip:

  • After mixing cooking soda or Eno fruit salt, quickly steam the dumplings to get soft, fluffy idlis. The delay may turn out idlis flat and hard.

Nutritional information of Semolina Dumplings(Rava Idli)

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 idli
Calories 70
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 14 g5%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 100 mg4%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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