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INSTANT SEMOLINA IDLI/RAVA IDLI

mayurisjikoni
Instant Semolina Idli/ Rava Idli is a soft, fluffy and moist steamed breakfast or snack option. Healthy, filling and nutritious, it is so easy to make semolina, rava or sooji idli. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
RESTING TIME: 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 20 IDLIS

Ingredients
  

FOR THE SEMOLINA IDLI:

  • 1 cup semolina
  • 1-2 green chilllis finely chopped
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • ½ cup grated carrot
  • ½ cup boiled peas
  • ¼ cup sour plain yogurt
  • ¾ - 1 tsp salt
  • 1½ - 1¾ cups water
  • ¾ - 1 tsp Eno plain fruit salt
  • 1 tsp ghee

FOR TEMPERING:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 1 tbsp roasted chana dal
  • 7-8 curry leaves chopped
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander
  • tsp asafetida
  • extra oil for greasing the idli mold

Instructions
 

PREPARATION OF THE BATTER:

  • Add ghee into a wide pan. Heat it over low heat.
  • Add semolina and roast it for about 2 minutes.
  • Take the pan off the heat. Let the semolina or sooji cool down completely.
  • Add the semolina to a bowl.
  • Add chopped chillis, ginger, salt, vegetables, water and yogurt.
  • Mix well till the mixture has no lumps.
  • Heat the 1 tbsp oil in a small pan over low heat.
  • Add chana dal and roast it till it begins to turn light brown in colour.
  • Add the urad dal and roast till it changes colour.
  • Add mustard seeds, curry leaves and coriander. Mix and let it sizzle for a few seconds.
  • Add asafetida and immediately pour the tempering into the batter.
  • Mix well. Let the batter rest for 10 minutes.

STEAMING SEMOLINA IDLI/RAVA IDLI

  • Prepare the idli steamer, add water for steaming. Grease the idli molds with oil.
  • When the water begins to boil, add Eno to the batter and give it a good mix till its appears fluffy.
  • Using a ladle, fill the idli molds or cavities with the batter.
  • Steam the idlis for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the mold from the steamer. Let the idlis cool down a bit about 5-10 minutes.
  • Using a butter knife or a thin spatula, carefully remove the idlis from the mold.
  • Serve the idlis with your choice of chutney and sambar or vegetable stew.

Notes

  • The batter should not be too dry or too watery.
  • Add vegetables of your choice like finely chopped French beans, corn, finely chopped spinach etc.
  • Use medium coarse semolina.
  • Add nuts if you like.
  • For travel purpose I chopped the idlis into quarters which was so much easier to enjoy with a fork.  
  • I highly recommend that you add the tempering as that makes the idlis taste completely different.
  • Many people presume semolina is gluten free, but its not.
  • For vegan option omit dairy yogurt and replace it with vegan yogurt.
  • If you don't have an idli mould, steam the batter in small heatproof bowls or in silicon moulds.
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