19 October 2011

Rava Idly / Semolina Dumpling / Quick Idly

Rava Idly or Sooji Idli is a welcome variation from the usual rice idli's. It is a specialty breakfast item of Karnataka. The popular restaurant chain Mavalli Tiffin Rooms (MTR) of Bangalore seems to have invented this yummy idli. During World War II, when rice which is the staple item used in idli was in short supply, they experimented in making idli using semolina and created Rava Idli.

No fermenting overnight - that's what is best about this idly. The crunchiness of the nuts and flavour of the veggies make it an ideal breakfast item and a hit with all. A real healthy steamed cake!



INGREDIENTS
Rava - 2 cups
Curd - 2 cups
Water - 1/4 cup*
Mustard Seeds - 1 tbsp
Urad dal - 1 tbsp
Chana Dal- 1 tbsp
Grated ginger- 2 tbsp
Chopped Chilly - 2 tbsp
Grated Carrot - 1/4 cup
Roasted Cashews - 2 tbsp
Roasted Groundnut - 1 tbsp
Chopped Curry leaves  - 1 tbsp
Chopped Coriander Leaves- 2 tbsp
Baking Soda - 2 pinch**
Ghee - 1tbsp
Oil - 2 tbsp + for greasing idly mould



METHOD
Heat oil in a kadai. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter.
Add urad dal and chana dal. Roast till golden and nice aroma comes out.
Add grated ginger and chilly.
Add rava and keep stirring.
Add ghee and stir again.
Roast the rava for about 2-3 minutes. 
Remove from fire and let cool.
In a large bowl mix the rava with curd, carrot, curry leaves, coriander leaves,salt and soda bicarbonate.
Add water to make it into thick idly batter consistency.
Keep aside a few cashews and ground nut and add the rest to the batter.
Close with a lid and let it sit for 1/2 hour.
Place the idly maker with 4 glasses of water to boil.
Grease the idly mould with oil. 
Place a cashew and ground nut at the bottom of the mould.***
Pour heap full of 1 tbsp each batter in each mould.
When the water in the idly maker starts steaming place the mould in it. Close the lid.
Cook for 10 minutes on high flame.
Serve it with Shallots Red Chutney or Coconut Groundnut Chutney or Sambar.




SHALLOTS RED CHUTNEY
Recipe Source: My Mom

INGREDIENTS
Kashmiri Chilly - 6
Shallots/Chuvannulli/Cheriya Ulli - 2 cups
Tamarind - Size of small lime.
Coconut Oil - 2 tbsp
Salt - as required



METHOD
Heat coconut oil in a kadai. 
Add the shallots, chilly and tamarind.
Saute  for 1 minute.
Cool and grind along with salt.





Tips:
*Add water as per requirement. The amount of water depends whether your curd is thick or thin. 
**I added baking soda to make it rise. You can substitute it with Eno Salt ( an antacid used as a substitute for baking powder).
***By keeping a cashew and groundnut before pouring in the batter, you will be able to see the nuts when you serve idly like you see in the picture below.




48 comments:

  1. Rava Idli Luks divinely Good.Fabulously captured.Luv it.

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  2. Delicious, colorful and inviting rava idlis dear. Wonderful t have it for breakfast.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  3. Delicious Idly !! awesome clicks !!

    Ongoing Event - Festive Food

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  4. This looks delicious.! I had to hop to PJ too this week.. Hmm..

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  5. Best breakfast...and so very nicely presented!!

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  6. Gorgeous Rinku!! As a breakfast person, I must try these next!! Great pictures!

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  7. This is my fav anytime...yum yum and chutney look like a apt combination

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  8. Looks so fluffy and soft, wonderful clicks,esp loved the chutney in banana leaf!

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  9. idilis are impressive with tempting chutney

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  10. idilis are impressive with tempting chutney

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  11. looks so lovely n beautiful recipe...

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  12. perfect rava idly...looks soft n perfect...my favourite...twice i tried this idly...

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  13. Very inviting and delicious super soft idlis,love it..

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  14. soft idlis and i love this yummy chutney. cute presentation

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  15. I can tuck it in for breakfast as many as i could if served hot like these everyday. nice shots Rinku.

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  16. Mouthwatering !! nice red colour chutney ..vazhayila presentation nanyitundu.

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  17. OMG! am drooling here...love it!First time here....wow u have wonderful blog with awesome recipes with fabulous clicks...love to follow u..

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  18. My mouth is watering looking at all these pics. Awesome!

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  19. Soft & mouthwatering idlis!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  20. Healthy and perfect breakfast..adipoli

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  21. Perfect for breakfast or dinner...chutney is just amazing with those idli's... Yum

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  22. Perfect combo n with lovely ingredients...
    Beautiful clicks...

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  23. rava idli looks so yummy..this is indeed a quick to make breakfast.

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  24. Looks very nice, especially the relish served with the idli. The story about how rava idlis came into being due to short supply of rice is very interesting.

    Indu@indugetscooking.blogspot.com

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  25. Perfect combo they look so delicious!

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  26. Looks perfect and yummy. seeing these idlis I'm going to make some for me right now. No more blog visiting. :)

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  27. perfect for breakfast!! beautiful pictures..I miss the food served on plantain leaves!!

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  28. wow... idly looks awesome... bookmarking it right away.. :)

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  29. This is my fav idli...nice pic and the recipe too

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  30. Perfect idli to make some one hungry.

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  31. looks awesome...and perfect shape of the idlis
    Event: Kerala kitchen

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  32. Easy n Tasty breakfast menu

    http://www.panchamrutham.blogspot.com/

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  33. perfect idli...jus love them on banana leaf..awesome..

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  34. delicious looking oats idlis ...love the clicks too

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  35. One of my fav. breakfast...lovely combo both looks so yum n tempting...red chutney looks so spicy n yummy...loved your clicks !!!

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  36. Idlis look so yummy. Love the taste of hot idli and chutney served on a banana leaf :-)

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  37. Dear Blogger Friend,Wish U a Warm and Happy Diwali.Enjoy the Festivities with taste-filled delights,Safe and Delicious Memorable Moments - Regards, Christy Gerald

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  38. The idlies look so soft and delicious....interesting new chutney too!

    Vegetarian Cultural Creatives

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