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These are my daddy’s favourite. Whenever I visit my mum and daddy , I prepare these rava idli or semolina pancakes and enjoy a big breakfast with family. Again this dish is popular in south India and is served really hot (I mean literally hot) in restaurants. Because it tastes best  when served hot.

Steamed semolina pancakes- Rava idli!

Steamed semolina pancake – Rava idli

Serves 12-14 pancakes


2 cups semolina(cream of wheat or rava)

2 cups sour yogurt (unflavoured)

1 cup water

4 green chillies


8-9 curry leaves

3/4 cup green peas

1/2 cup grated carrot

3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

11/2 tbsp oil

1 tsp mustard seeds

1 tsp cumin seeds

2 tbsp chana dal

1/2 edible soda (soda bi-carb)

Steamed semolina pancakes- Rava idli!


  • Combine yogurt and semolina in large bowl and mix properly so that no lumps are formed. This batter should not be runny. Please add little more yogurt if the batter is firm. Allow this batter to rest for 40 minutes at room temperature.

Semoliana(rava) and yogurt batter

  • Add grated carrot in the batter.
  • Heat oil for tempering. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves , salt (1 tsp), Chana dal and chopped green chillies. Mix it. Put off the heat. Allow it to cool down.
  • After 40 minutes, if batter is firm , add water and then add tempering. Add edible soda(optional). It makes idlis or pancakes fluffy. Mix it properly.
  • Use idli steamer for this batter or you can use normal steamer. (Grease the vessel ,pour the batter and steam it. Later cut down into pieces) Grease the idli plates, put some grated carrot or beet root  and coriander leaves in each plate and then pour the batter. Steam it for 8 -10 minutes.(for first timers, Immerse a pin to see if it is steamed. If pin comes out clear , its done else steam for 2 more minutes.) Do not over-steam, it may become hard and dry. Use a dry spoon to remove properly from the plate.

Idli plates

Pour the batter in idli steamer

  • Serve them with coconut chutney or any other spicy chutney. I will advice to serve them for breakfast.

Steamed semolina pancakes- Rava idli!


Edible soda (soda bi-carb) is used here for fluffy and softer pancakes or idli. It is optional. Care should be taken that once you mix soda in batter, do not refrigerate it. Mix soda just before you are going to steam it. Mixing soda and keeping it for long time may turn the batter yellowish.

Every steamer takes its own time depending on size, metal and room temperature. So be careful.

Do not over steam the idlis. It may become hard and dry.