Instant Rava (Semolina) Idli

Servings: 2
Cuisine: Indian
Course: Main Course
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We all love soft and spongy idlis. The traditional method requires hours of soaking and fermenting. Try this instant microwave recipe instead. Just as soft and delectable.


  • 1 cup semolina (sooji or rava)
  • 1 cup curd
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp Eno fruit salt or 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for brushing


  • Dry roast the semolina till it is aromatic. Remove from fire and allow it to cool.
  • Mix in semolina, curd, water, and salt to form a smooth paste. Let it stand for a minimum of 10 minutes so that the semolina can soak in the liquids.
  • When ready to cook, add in 1 tsp of Eno fruit salt. Mix well stirring in one direction only.
  • Fill in the water into the microwavable idli maker/ steamer to the desired level making sure it does not touch the idli mould.
  • Grease the idli mould. Pour in the idli batter uptil three-fourths. This ensures that the idlis have space to rise.
  • Microwave on high for 4 minutes. Let it stand for 5 minutes before removing it from the microwave.
  • Demould the idlis and serve them hot with your favorite chutneys.


  • If using a regular steamer, cook for 10-15 minutes until the idlis are cooked.

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Instant Rava (Semolina) Idli