Monday, May 30, 2011

Rawa Idli- steamed semolina dumplings

Rawa idli is a popular south indian Breakfast dish. This is a simpler and quicker version of the traditional south Indian idlies. Here, the semolina or the rawa batter is mixed with vegetables and steam baked. These mouth watering dumplings make healthy and tasty breakfast or brunch option. You don't believe me? Then try it out for yourself :)

Rawa Idli ingredients:
Preparation time: 20min
Cooking time- 15min
Makes- 12 idlies


Rawa- 2cups
Oil or ghee- 2tbsp
Mustard seeds- 1/2tsp
Channa dal or Bengal gram- 1/2 tsp
Urad dal or black gram- 1/2tsp
Hing or asafotida- 1/4tsp
Turmeric- 1/4tsp
Green chilli- 1-2, finely chopped
Curry leaves- 10 -12, finely chopped
Coriander leaves- 1tbsp, finely chopped
Carrot- 1, peeled and grated (optional)
Fresh or frozen coconut- 1 tbsp (optional)
Cashewnuts- 12, chopped (optional)
Mildly sour curds- 3 cups
Eno- 1/4tsp
Soda- a pinch
Salt to taste

  • Dry roast the rawa till brown and fragrant and keep aside.
  • Heat the oil or ghee in a wok and add the mustard seeds
  • Once they pop add the channa dal and the Urad dal and fry for a min
  • Add the chopped cashewnuts and fry till brown
  • Add the hing and curry leaves and fry till the curry leaves turn crisp
  • Add the turmeric and the green chillies and saute for a few seconds.
  • Add the rawa and salt and mix thoroughly and turn off the heat.
  • Stir in the grated carrot and the coconut. Mix well and cool the mixture completely.
  • Add the coriander leaves, Eno and soda to the semolina mixture and mix well.
  • Add the curds and beat well.
  • Pour the batter into greased idli moulds and steam bake in a pressure cooker or steamer for 10 to 15min
  • Serve the idlies hot with chutney of your choice.


  1. Believe it or not I like the rava idlis better than the regular ones and you made them perfectly! Liked the banana leaf presentation ~ gives an authentic feel to it.
    US Masala

  2. Very soft idlis,loved the presentation.

  3. Loved the way you have presented rawa idlis . Want to have these right now as don't feel like making breakfast ;-)

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. Looks drool the presentation.....

  5. Looks so soft n yum...nice clicks

  6. Idli's are one of my favorite Indian isn't easy to find them here in Los Angeles so thank you for the recipe. It looks like even I can handle this!


  7. I love dem,infact I make them atleast once a week..:)looks perfect

  8. Perfect looking rava idlies,loved the click very very much! great job!

  9. wow...
    looks perfect and tempting dear...
    lovely clicks :)

  10. Prefect looking rawa idlis, wonderful presentation..

  11. this looks lovely! I just love rawa idli.. thanks for the recipe

  12. These rawa idlis are so soft & delicious!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  13. Soft and fluffy idlis look so inviting...

  14. Mouthwatering! The idlis look so soft and tempting. That first pic is a beauty, lovely presentation too!

  15. Thank you everyone!!! This is all very encouraging :)

  16. soft delicious idlies looks wonderful

  17. Your clicks are excellent and tempting dear! Yummy...

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  19. I love the way you have styled. The green and mild yellow are eye catching. The rawa idlis look heavenly, Nishi!

  20. Hey, loved the shapes. How did you get this shape? in regular idli mould or did you try something else?

  21. Idlis look so soft..I find so rava idlis easier to make...banana leaf gives the original look to this snack!

  22. Thank you everyone!!!
    @ Priya, I steam baked them in the regular idli molds.

  23. i ate rava idly several time and have enjoyed those. But your presentation is so cute .. they look like cookies. I guess we could make those for party too and not only breakfast :)

  24. they look to eat all d delicacies in banana leaf..:P
    Tasty Appetite
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  25. @ Kankana,
    As a matter of fact, you can serve these at a party too Kankana. I remember my hostess serving mini rawa idlies for starters at an official party.

  26. What perfectly pillowy idlis! Love your blog!

  27. what a perfectly tempting presentation ! Awesome photos!

  28. At first look I thought these were sweet biscuits. They look so delicious and fluffy, just perfect. Thanks for sharing :)


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