Rava Idli is a soft, steamed cake made from rava which is better known as cream of wheat batter which makes for a satisfying and healthy breakfast. Rava Idli is a popular variation of the traditional South Indian Idli made with fermented rice and lentil batter. Rava, also known as suji in Hindi and cream of wheat or semolina in English, is simply granulated wheat. It is made with mixing ghee roasted rava (sooji or cream of wheat) with curd (yogurt), spices, herbs, cashews, water and a leavening agent like baking soda or eno (fruit salt) to make a nice batter of medium consistency. The reaction of alkaline eno or baking soda with the acidity of the yogurt helps in leavening the batter thereby giving it a soft and fluffy texture. Favorful batter is steamed in an idli maker to make fluffy cakes.
Make rava idli whenever you need a quick and easy breakfast or snack. The rava idli batter gets made within minutes and then, as the idli is steaming, Prepare the coconut chutney, which is the traditional dip to serve with idli. Rava Idli arranged in a circular way on a white plate kept on a white marble backdrop with two chutney (dips) placed above the plate. The combination of ingredients to make savory cakes soft, moist, fluffy and delicious are :-
Leavening Agent: 1 teaspoon of eno (fruit salt) is perfect for the amount of rava and curd used in the recipe and helps the idli to be soft, fluffy without the soapy aroma.
Veggies: You can add steamed green peas. Just boil the peas beforehand and also grate the veggies ahead of time so they are ready to add.
Curd (Yogurt): Use fresh curd. You can even use sour curd to make the idli.
Idli Pan: You will require an idli pan to make steamed cakes. Idli pans are made to fit perfectly into a pressure cooker or steamer.