South Indian cuisine is known for its healthy recipes and rava idli (suji idli) is one of the simple recipe which combines the goodness of many dals and spices. It’s not just healthy and irresistible but also very easy to prepare too.
1 cup Rava (suji / semolina)
1/2 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
1/2 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
1 pinch Asafoetida (hing)
1 teaspoon Chana Dal (gram dal)
1 teaspoon Urad Dal (black split lentils without husk)
1-2 sprigs Curry Leaves
1 Dry Red Chilli
6-7 Cashew Nuts, broken into pieces
1/3 cup Thick Yogurt (curd)
1/2 cup grated Carrot
2 Green Chillies, finely chopped
1 teaspoon grated Ginger
1 cup + 2 tablespoons Water
2 tablespoons finely chopped Coriander Leaves
1 teaspoon Eno Fruit Salt
2 tablespoons Oil
1/2 tablespoon Ghee
Heat 1/2 tablespoon ghee and 1 tablespoon oil in a heavy based pan or kadai. Add mustard seeds; when they start to crackle, add cumin seeds, asafoetida, chana dal and urad dal. Sauté until dal turns light brown. Add curry leaves, dry red chilli and cashew nuts and sauté for 30-40 seconds.
Add rava (semolina) and mix well.
Roast it on medium flame until it turns light brown, stirring continuously. Make sure that it does not burn. Turn off the flame and transfer it to a plate. Allow it to cool for 7-8 minutes.
Prepare a mixture of curd, chopped green chillies, grated ginger and salt in a large bowl.
Add roasted rava and (1 cup + 2 tablespoons) water and mix well. Make sure that there are no lumps.
Add grated carrot and chopped coriander leaves and mix properly. Keep batter aside for 15 minutes to settle.
Pour 2 glasses water in steamer and heat over medium flame. Grease Idli molds (plates) with oil. Add Eno fruit salt in batter and stir for a minute.
After adding eno, you will notice bubbles on the surface of a batter.
Pour batter in greased molds and steam it on medium flame for 10-15 minutes. Do not steam it on very high or very low flame.
After 15 minutes, turn off flame and remove molds from steamer. When it cools down a bit, remove prepared idli from it.
Instant rawa idli is ready, serve with coconut chutney.
Tips and Variations:
– After adding Eno fruit salt in batter, stir well for a minute and immediately pour it into molds otherwise idli will not be soft and spongy.
– You can add cabbage and onion for variation.
– Steam it on a medium flame to make it spongy.
Taste: Soft and spongy
Serving Ideas: Serve it with coconut chutney and sambhar. It is a perfect dish for breakfast but can be served in lunch or dinner too.