Saturday, September 22

Rava Idly with coconut and coriander chutney

Rava Idly is a famous breakfast in the southern part of Karnataka. Do you know that Rava idlies were first invented at MTR? During World War II, rice was in short supply. MTR experimented with wheat and thus was born the enormously popular "Rava Idli."Source:MTR Foods
I have been making Rava idlies with MTR instant mix for a long time... they come out very well.
But I wanted to try it without the mix and then followed this method.. it turned out even more softer than the instant mix . So needless to saythat from then on I am making rava idlies without the instant mix. You can find the recipe of Rava idly in most of the blogs .... here is my way of doing it. This is my entry to the "Regional Cuisines of India" aka RCI event is started by LakshmiK from "Veggie cuisine" and hosted by dear Asha of Foodies hope.


Rava- 2 cups
curd- 2 cups
cooking soda- 1/4 tsp
oil- 3 tbsp
ghee- 2 tsp
salt to taste
mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
urad dal - 1/2 tsp
chana dal- 1 tsp
cashews broken-2 tsp
ginger- a small piece chopped finely
green chillies- 3 chopped finely
curry leaves- a few
coriander leaves- a few chopped finely

Heat oil + ghee in a pan and add the seasonings one by one. Then add the Rawa to it and fry for sometime till u get a nice aroma in a medium heat. (Be careful and dont burn it)
Transfer the rava to a bowl and let it cool . Beat the curd well and then add it to the rava.
Set aside for 2 to 3 hrs.
Add the cooking soda to the rava mixture and mix well. Add little water or milk if it is too thick.
Grease the idly plates and pour the batter in them. cook them on medium heat for 10 - 12 minutes.
serve hot with chutney or sambar or saagu.

U can add carrots and peas to make vegetable rava idlies. Check out Supriya's rava idli here

Coconut and coriander chutney

coconut grated-3/4 cup
coriander leaves- a handful(3 tbsp roughly) finely chopped
ginger- a small piece
roasted gram dal- 2 tsp
green chillies- 4 or acc to taste
salt to taste
mustard seeds- 1/4 tsp
urad dal - 1/4 tsp
curry leaves- a few
red chilli -1
oil -2 tsp


Grind coconut, coriander leaves, ginger,roasted gram,green chillies and salt to a fine paste adding water. Transfer the ground paste to a bowl.
Heat oil in a kadai and add the seasoning ingredients one by one.pour over the ground chutney and mix well.
Serve with hot idlies.

I Thank Kribha of 'veetu samayal' for giving me the inspirational blogger award, Sandeepa of Bongmom's cookbook for giving me the Thoughtful blogger award,
and Richa of 'As dear as salt' for giving me the schmooze award. Got these awards almost a month back and wanted to thank them from then on, but somehow kept missing them ...and now finally ,have done it. Thanks guys.. feel proud and happy on getting these awards.


amna said...

rava idly is a personal favourite, but it never comes out in perfect shape for me :)

sra said...

Congrats on your awards, Prema. I must eat rava idly soon, I rarely have it

Suganya said...

Rava idli is the only dish that tastes great from a box. I recently found my rava idli recipe too. But MTR always has a special place in my pantry!

Saju said...

those idli looks so good. great entry for RCI

FH said...

Slurp!!! I am drooling at 9am toady!:D
Looks great Prema, thank you so much for taking part and posting classic dish.
Enjoy the awards,you deserve it!:))

Bong Mom said...

Even I have made Rava Idly from MTR alone. This sounds ok by my Idli making standards ;-)

Congrats for the awards. I passed one to you too, loooong back. Check my JFI post on Aug 22

Richa said...

ur idlis look soooo soft, prema!
rava idli is such a fav at my home :)
congrats on the well deserved awards!

Unknown said...

Looks delish. It goesto my must try list.

Sharmi said...

lovely plate of idly and chutney. I somehow like the rice/ulundu idlis better. melts in my mouth. have you been to madurai and had idlis from shope near by temple. my GOd nothing can beat it.

Raks said...

I always visit your blog when ever i am browsing,and your rawa idly and coriander chutney looks very catchy.Good work and you really deserve ur awards!

Vcuisine said...

They are spongy Prema. Viji

Kribha said...

Congrats on all your awards Prema. I love rava idly but have not done it in years. Bookmarked to try it soon.

Swaruchy said...

Hi dear...Ur rava Idli and chutney look awesome :-)

Saju said...

I just love idli! the chutney looks s good too.

SeeC said...

I have never rava idli at home.
Will try your version sometime.

Congrats on your awards

Nupur said...

Your idlis look fluffy and delicious! I love making rava idli because it always works :) no fermentation.

Latha Narasimhan said...

Congrats for the awards dear!:)) So the awards have started again!haha!!
Nice idlies! I too have sent mine!:))

Raks said...

I forgot to say in my previous mail,I have tried your chinese style fried rice and mix.veg korma from your posts.I made it for a get-together party,and both the dishes were big hit!!! Thankyou somuch for the recipe and thanx for visiting my blog!! Keep visiting,and give your precious comments...

USHA said...

Hi Prema,

Just wanna thank you for your your wonderful Ravadosai recipe...excellent...itjust came similiar like hotel...cripsy too...Myself and my hubby enjoyed it alot...Really thanks alot...

Bharathy said...

Even I dint know Rava idlis had originated from Karnataka!!Oh yeah I have heard abt rava and the story of world warII.Thanks for sharing the info!..I think whatever the MTR brand comes up has all originated form Karnataka :D..

Mansi said...

congrats for the awards!!

i made rava dhoklas with tomato peanut chutney last week, inspired by rava idlis, of course!

Padma said...

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KK said...

I love Rava idli.Had in restaurants but never tried at home.I am feelin so hungry.surely gonna try tom.Thanks for posting :)

Unknown said...

Hi Prema,

I have tried yr rava idly,rava dosa and kadalai kolambu.All came out very well.Thanks a lot.


Unknown said...

i love ravva idli
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