Monday, December 22, 2008

Rava Idli

I made these soft, fluffy and tasty rava idlis for breakfast yesterday. I came across the recipe for instant idlis on Anita's blog a relatively long time back. I am one of those South Indians who prefers dosas over idlis any day, but the recipe looked too good not to try. I love the fact that there is no soaking or grinding involved here.

For the original recipe, head over to Anita's
A Mad Tea Party. I had to make a couple of changes to the original recipe since I had to work with what I had. I really wish I had had curry leaves, green chillies and coriander though. You can add whatever vegetables you want to the batter. I only had a couple of baby carrots and some scallions.

Ingredients: (for 24 small idlis)
1 cup rava (I used fine)
About 3/4- 1 cup of yogurt (I did not really measure this)
2-3 Tbsp buttermilk
6-8 baby carrots, finely chopped
3 scallions/ spring onions, finely chopped
1 tsp baking soda
Salt

For seasoning:
2 Tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 Tbsp tsp urad dal
1 Tbsp chana dal
¾ tsp of red chilli flakes
A pinch of asafoetida


Method:
Heat oil in a big pan. Add the ingredients for the seasoning followed by the carrots and scallions. Cook for a minute or two.

Add the rava to the same pan and roast it for a few minutes till it smells done. Cool. Transfer to big bowl.

Add yogurt, buttermilk, salt and baking soda and mix well. Add enough water to make a batter that is sufficiently thick yet pourable.

Pour the batter in greased
idli trays and steam for 12-15 minutes in a pressure cooker (without the weight). Allow the idlis to rest for a few minutes in the tray itself (very important to avoid a sticky mess) before plating them. Serve hot with accompaniment of your choice. We had ours with coconut chutney.

I have to say that the idlis turned out pretty well, considering the fact that this was my first time ever making idlis of any kind, and they were rather delicious, especially with the spicy chutney that we had it with. I did think that the idlis tasted a lot like the upma I make though. :D

29 Burps:

Laavanya said...

These look so soft & fluffy... yes.. the coconut, coriander and curry leaves will kick it up a notch. We love this at home.

Smitha said...

Looks yum!! making me hungry

AnuSriram said...

That looks so fluffy and nice! gr8 recipe!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

These looks so perfect. My all time fav.... Rava idli. Looks so Yummy!. Lovely pictures.....

Uj said...

wow.. looks very pretty :D

Anita said...

These turned out soft and fluffy! Manisha too thinks these taste like upma! But they work for instant gratification... ;-)

SriLekha said...

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Sunshinemom said...

How soft and fluffy! Looks great TBC, as always:)

Uma said...

idlis look fabulous. So soft and yummy!

Lubna Karim said...

Wow awesome idlis. Looks fluffy and yum.

foodbin said...

this goes well with dhal curry

Rajani said...

hey ilove rava idlis, its been awhile since i md these. looks good.

Sharmi said...

the idlis look so good. in my house they call me a great idly fan. but I make the soft urad/rice idlis only. never made these. they look so inviting!!

Kate said...

Idlis ... yum !
Heya , wish you very Happy Holidays n seasons Greetings .

Aparna said...

Rawa idlis are what I make when idlis are in demand and I'm out of batter. And we love them.

Best wishes for the festive season and a Happy New Year.

Raaga said...

lovely... I so relate to the dosa vs idli bit :-)

Happy new year!

sra said...

Hi, how are you? Happy new year!

Red Chillies said...

Same as you, I love dosas over idlis. But there is something about rava idlis for breakfast, that makes a day.

Happy new year 2009 to you and your family TBC

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Hi, Happy New Year to you!
I usually make rava idlies using MTR instant mix,thanx for this recipe!

Sheetal Kiran said...

So soft and light! Wish I had a fork and some cilantro chutney :(

Cynthia said...

Happy New Year!

purplesque said...

Mm..love rava idlis! Yours look amazing. I make mine in the microwave.

TBC said...

Thank you so much for visiting, everybody! Hope you had a wonderful start to the new year. :D

Snooky doodle said...

these look so nice. I d like to try these :)

Just call me 'A' said...

hey..thanks for this recipe. I found this yesterday and tried it today morning. They were delicious. I used carrots and pieces of fresh coconut. I did not add red chilli flakes or buttermilk or onions. It was heavenly.

suryahatti said...

i am going to make rava idlis now!

TBC said...

Suryahtti- hope they turn out well for you! :D

suryahatti said...

seasons greetings to ALL.yes,just now i have prepared batter for idlis and left for soaking overnight!will report outcome in the morning!

TBC said...

Suryahatti- Season's Greetings to you as well.

I hope you're making regular idlis and not the rava idlis that this post is about. Rava idlis are instant idlis and do not require any kind of soaking-fermenting!

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