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Instant Masala Rava Idli (with coconut chutney)

Hello everyone ! Today’s recipe is ‘Instant Rava Idli’. This recipe is easy and quick to enjoy idli. Authentic south indian idli needs time as it needs fermented batter. It is a popular breakfast dish. Idli is a very healthy dish as it is cooked through steaming process. In this recipe wheat rava (semolina) is used instead of rice rava.

Instant Masala Rava Idli
Instant Masala Rava Idli

To cook instant rava idli, you will need semolina/rava/sooji as your main ingredient. Idli is often served with sambhar or chutney. Rava idli is a speciality of Karnataka. Instead of using a steamer, I used microwave for preparing instant idli.

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Serve: 4-5

Duration: 20 mins (Prep time) + 10 mins (Cook time) = 30 mins (Total time)

Ingredients for Instant Masala Rava Idli

For Idli

Semolina/Suji                                           1/2 kg

Buttermilk                                                 1/2 ltr

Fruit salt                                                     1 pouch

Onion  (chopped)                                   1 small size

Green chilli                                                1 small

Tempering 1 for idli:

Oil                                                                   2 tsp

Urad dal                                                      1/2 tsp

Red chilli powder                                  1/2 tsp

Turmeric                                                     1/4 tsp

Salt                                                                 1/2 tsp

Jeera/Cumin seeds                               1/2 tsp

Mustard seeds                                         1/2 tsp

Hing                                                               a pinch

Tempering 2 for idli:

Oil                                                                  1 tbsp

Salt                                                                1/2 tsp

Red chilli powder                                  1 tsp

Turmeric                                                    1/4 tsp

Curry leaves                                             8-10 nos.

Jeera/Cumin seeds                              1/2 tsp

Mustard seeds                                        1/2 tsp

For Coconut Chutney

Fresh Coconut                                        1 small size

Roasted chana                                        1/2 cup

Tamarind                                                    10 gms

Jeera/Cumin seeds                              1/2 tsp

Ginger                                                         2 inch

Salt                                                               1 tsp as per taste

Green chilli                                              6

Garlic                                                          7-8 cloves

For tempering:

Oil                                                                 1 tbsp

Urad dal                                                    1/2 tsp

Red chili                                                    1  no.

Mustard seeds                                      1/2 tsp

Curry leaves                                           7-8 nos.

Procedure for Instant Masala Rava Idli

For masala idli:
  • Mix semolina and butter milk in a bowl. Keep it aside for at least 10 minutes.
  • Add chopped onion and green chilli in the mix.
  • For tempering 1: Heat oil in a small deep pan. Add jeera and mustard seeds, let them crackle. Add all the remaining ingredients of tempering 1 in the oil. Temper the above idli mix. Mix well.




  • At this stage, add fruit salt and mix everything uniformly.



  • Now grease moulds of idli trays well. Pour idli batter in the mould. (My idli mould is for mini idlis that’s why it took only 6 minutes to steam idli in the microwave.)



  • Tempering 2: Heat oil in a deep pan. Add jeera and mustard seeds, let them crackle. Add all the remaining ingredients of tempering, immediately add idlis in the tempering.




  • Cook till tempering coats all the idlis uniformly and are crispy.
  • Your Instant masala rava idli is ready to serve !
  • Serve it with coconut chutney.


For coconut chutney:

  • Grind all the ingredients of chutney in a grinder in a smooth paste.


  • For tempering: Heat oil in a pan. Add all the ingredients of tempering and cook for a minute.
  • Temper coconut chutney and serve it with masala idli.


  • If the idli batter looks very thick in consistency then add little amount of water.
  • You can also add dry fruits in the idli.


10 thoughts on “Instant Masala Rava Idli (with coconut chutney)

    1. Actually this is a lengthy explanation of dish, otherwise it’s easy to prepare. ☺ Do let me know their feedback on this recipe.
      Thank you dear. I love coconut chutney too. ?

  1. You create some really interesting (and elaborate!) recipes – I can’t say I’ve ever tried anything featuring coconut chutney, I’ll have to try it sometime! 🙂

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