Saturday, March 13, 2010

Rava Idli: Semolina Idli with yogurt and bell peppers

Rava Idli, from a dear friend's mother, whose recipes are part of our childhood tapestry. Have modified the recipe slightly to keep within what was available in the pantry today.
The colors in this dish, including the batter  had a very 'retro' feel, especially with this green!

1 cup Rava/Sooji/Semolina
1 Cup Curd
3/4 Cup Water
2tsp thick Coconut Milk
1 tsp salt
For tempering
1 1/2 tbsps of oil
1 tbsp finely chopped shallots/red pearl onions
1tbsp finely chopped red bell peppers
1tbsp finely chopped yellow bell peppers
1 tbsp finely chopped orange bell peppers
1 1/2 tbsps finely chopped green chillies
1/2 tsp ginger julienne
1 stem of curry leaves coarsely chopped
1 tsp white urad dal
1tsp mustard seeds
2 dried red chillies
Dry roast the sooji on medium low heat until  the color starts changing, set aside in a large bowl.
Whisk the yogurt, coconut milk and salt, 
Ad to the rava and  mix well.
Add another 1/2 - 3/4 cup of water to make into the consistency of an Idli batter.
Keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan and temper the mustard seeds first, then the urad dal, red chillies, curry leaves, onions and ginger.
Saute until soft and add to the rava batter.
Mix well and keep aside for 15 minutes.
Grease idli moulds with a little oil, pour the batter and steam until done.
Serve with coconut chutney /sambhar or serve as is!

Notes: Did not use channa dal since my pantry ran out of it! Not a great fan of  whole/broken cashews/nuts in rice dishes, naans, cakes, ice-cream or curries so omitted that! The bell peppers were in lieu of the nuts!


  1. Dear Q
    Very nice recipe..I like Rava Idli but never made any..will try this one when I am back.
    Thanks for not putting nuts..It Tastes artificial to me ,,I will prefer to eat the nuts separately .
    Have a nice weekend

  2. very well captured. The rava idlies look smooth and perfect!

  3. Lovely clicks and I love rava idli:)

  4. Lovely click.. Yummy idli...

  5. Lovely the pictures too..

  6. Perfect. Looks awesome with those fruity plate:)

  7. Ah..the addition of coconut milk will make it so subtly different from the way I make it. I think I am going to try this variant this very week!

  8. Looks really yummy. Good pictures.

  9. That is a great looking Rava idli there!!.. So pretty and sophisticated. Liked ur dish too!.

  10. I love cashews in my dishes but the colourful bell peppers make a nice substitute too!! your idlis look smooth, fluffy and appetizing in those cute colourful plates!!!
    have a nice day !!

  11. First time to ur space and loved the interesting and simple recipes. Idli looks very soft and fresh. Following u to instantly enjoy ur posts :):)


  12. First time here.. Lovely clicks.. Awesome recipes.. :)

  13. That idli looks so cute and very eatable.

    I have to get idli moulds and try your recipe.

  14. Wow, very interesting recipe. Am not a big fan of nuts either, so I love the idea of peppers. Will try it out soon.


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