Soft and Pillowy Idli Using Idli Rava/ How to make Rava Idli in a Steamer

Soft and Pillowy Idli Using Idli Rava/ How to make Rava Idli in a Steamer

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My whole family, if agrees on one cuisine, that is South Indian. All of us love South Indian food so much that can have twice or thrice a week. Whenever I make sambar, I make in my 5 litre cooker because my son continuously wants to have it for two days. That is our love for South Indian food. The most commonly made are uttapam, upma and idlis. Uttapam is my husband’s favourite and idlis mine because of ease of making.

I find soaking rice and dal, then grinding and leaving them for fermentation, quite cumbersome and time consuming. So I generally look for instant methods. That is the reason my idli making used to be restricted to instant rava idli. Because it doesn’t need any fermentation and can be easily made in microwave. Though we all relish that idli still I always yearn for soft pillowy rice idli.

Rice Rava Idli

Earlier we didn’t get idli rava here. Once my sister in law, who lives in Chandigarh, brought 2 packs of idli rava and I found it very easy to make rava idli with that as it saved time consumed in soaking and grinding rice. Idli rava is ground parboiled rice that can be used to make idli , dosa or even upma.

Even after getting idli rava, my idli making mainly continued with instant idli as I didn’t have the patience of streaming the idli by traditional method that takes about 20 minutes to make just 8 idlis (my stand’s capacity).

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Last month, I saw dhokla/idli maker in one of my friend’s house in which 16 idlis could be made in just 8-10 minutes. She insisted me to take that home, try making idlis myself and only then think of buying that. I liked the idea and brought it home. Immediately I soaked dal and idli rava. By dinner time I could make idlis in that idli maker. On looking at those soft and silky Idlis my happiness found my bounds.

Rice Rava Idli

Few days back, I bought my own idli maker. Since then, I’m using it like a crazy either to make plain idlis, Vegetable idlis, dhokla or momos.

Since this week in blogging marathon I’m posting routine lunch/dinner recipes, how can I forget to include my recent love… Rice Idli

Rice Rava Idli

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Soft and Pillowy Idli Using Idli Rava/ How to make Rava Idli in a Steamer
Rice Rava Idli
Prep Time 15 min
Cook Time 8-10 min
Passive Time 6-7 hrs
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 min
Cook Time 8-10 min
Passive Time 6-7 hrs
Servings
Ingredients
Rice Rava Idli
Instructions
  1. Soak idli rava in just sufficient water for 4-5 hour.
  2. Wash and soak urad dal and methi seeds for 4-5 hour.
  3. Grind urad dal to a smooth paste using minimum water.
  4. Drain extra water from idli rava and mix it with dal paste. Mix well and keep it in warm place for 6-7 hours to ferment.
  5. When the batter rises well, add salt and stir well to mix.
  6. Grease idli molds, put the steamer on fire with some water.
  7. Pour the batter into the idli molds and put them in steamer.
  8. Steam for 8-10 minutes on medium heat.
  9. Serve hot idlis with sambar or chutney.
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9 thoughts on “Soft and Pillowy Idli Using Idli Rava/ How to make Rava Idli in a Steamer

  1. being south indians we eat most south indian dishes almost thrice a week! so healthy compared to these pizzas and burgers right? i love ur picture!

  2. For we North Indians soaking , grinding definitely is cumbersome , but glad you could come up with a instant recipe . The idlis look nice and soft .

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