Savory semolina cakes (Rava Idly) in Rice cooker or Microwave

This Semolina Idly is a very filling breakfast and it takes about 10mins to prepare. Make things easier by preparing and storing this Instant Semolina cake(Idly) Mix in your free time. If you do not have time to prepare the instant mix just buy the Rava Idly Instant Mix from the store and use. You can steam these in an idly mould or small flat bottomed cups. Adding coriander leaves or grated carrot makes it colorful and increases its nutritive value. The curd or buttermilk that you are using should be slightly sour. If you are new to making these idlis try adding fruit salt to get soft idly.

New! Click here to print the Instant Semolina Idly recipe label and stick it on your INSTANT IDLI MIX JAR.

Preparation time- 5mins
Cooking time-       5-7mins

Appliance and utensils-
  • Rice cooker or Microwave
  • 1 Mixing bowl of 500ml capacity
  • 1 mixing spoon
  • 4 small flat based cup (7cm diameter) steel or aluminium for rice cooker (microwave plastic cups)
Things required-
  • 100ml -Instant Semolina Idly Mix
  • 100ml -Butter milk or (100ml yoghurt+50ml water)
  • 2 tbsp -grated carrot or 1/4 cup frozen mix veggies (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda or 1 tsp eno fruit salt
  • Little oil to grease the moulds/ paper cups to line the microwave bowls

Steaming idlis in the rice cooker- 
Grease small muffin moulds or small flat based cups with little oil or ghee.
Pour 200ml water in the rice cooker pan and place the steamer on it. 
Cover the pan with its lid and push the 'Cook' button. 
Let the water boil. It will take about 3-5 mins.

Take Instant Semolina Idly mix in a bowl add buttermilk or (yoghurt+ water). 
You can mix in grated carrot / steamed n cooled- mixed vegetables. 
Stir this mixture with a spoon (in one direction). 
The batter becomes slightly foamy. Do not stir after it foams up. 
You can rest this mixture for 3-5 mins while waiting for the water to boil in the rice cooker.

If your mix does not contain soda or eno
If you have not added soda or eno in the instant mix the batter won't foam. 
You can rest this mixture for 30 mins. Soaking helps the rava to swell before cooking and the idlis become soft and spongy.
The idly batter may become thick after soaking, add 1/4-1/2 cup buttermilk/yoghurt to make it thin.
After soaking for 1/2 hr add 1/2 tsp soda or 1 tsp fruit salt (eno) and stir it in one direction.

Divide this batter equally into the greased cups (about 2 tbsp in each). 
Batter should be neither runny  nor  very thick. 
If it is very thick try adding 2 tsp yoghurt.

If you find the batter surface uneven (like you see in the picture below) don't push it with a spoon. Instead place the cup on a folded napkin or pot holder and bang it gently so that the batter settles down with even surface.

Arrange the cups in the steaming pan. 

Cover with a lid and steam for 5-7 mins. 
You can switch off the rice cooker during the last 2 mins, the idly continues to steam due to the heat in the cooker.

Idly will raise while cooking. 
You may touch its surface or insert a knife or a spoon handle to test whether it is done.
It should not stick on your fingers or the spoon.

Remove and rest it for 2 mins and gently move a knife or a spoon handle around the idly to loosen them from the cup. Invert them on to a plate.

Making idly in the microwave-

Flatten the paper cups and place them in the microwave proof cups.

Fill it with the batter as above and cook on high for 2 mins. Every cup needs 2 mins, and if you have 4 cups it will be 8 mins. Arrange them in the outer circle, leaving the centre of the turn table empty. You may find that the idlis are uncooked in the centre. 

You can cook it 20 secs more. Then take them out of the microwave.Keep them covered with a lid for 5 mins, it will continue cooking outside the microwave.

These idlis made in microwave without steamer are soft when eaten hot but become little hard later. Invert the bowl on a eating plate and peel the paper cup.

If you have a microwave steamer or idli maker use it for better results. The idlis turn out softer in this due to the steam.

How to eat these-
Some love to dab a little ghee over them and eat along with Chutney powder (Lentil and spices powdered together).

I enjoy eating them with Spicy Indian mashed potato with little gravy -(also called Batatyache Pathal Bhaji, Aloo gadde Saagu, Alu Masial, Tamatarwale Alu in different parts of India). 
This can be easily prepared in the rice cooker. I will post it after few days.

You can use the tiny cups which comes inside the Spice box (Masala Dabba) to steam these idly.
Steam the frozen mix veggies and cool before adding.

Chutney powder recipe links

I have come across many tasty chutney powder recipes on various food blogs lately, so I decided to round up a few to share with you here. All look yummy and easy to prepare. 

1. Lentil chutney powder

2. Curry leaf chutney powder

3. Flax seed chutney powder

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  1. hi,
    following your blog..really very innovative.I think your recipes are life savers for students,bachelors etc.,
    Happy blogging

  2. Thank you Sharada,please visit often.

  3. wow .. they look soft..
    u have a great blog..

  4. I started going through your blog. Great tips ..really useful for me..Keep blogging..

    1. Thank you for taking time to visit this blog. Planning to post some freezer recipes, hope you will find them useful.

  5. I didn't know a rice cooker had so many uses! Your's is an awesome blog! Really helpful:-)


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