Instant Rava Idli

Instant Rava Idli

Instant Rava Idli, made with Rava/Sooji/Semolina, quick Idli recipe without any fermentation.

Instant Rava Idlis an easy and healthy Idli recipe that gets ready in just 15-20 minutes. Instant Idlis are a quick solution to those times when have sudden Idli sambhar carvings when you don’t have fermented Idli batter in hand or when you are in a mood to fix something comforting for lunch/dinner.

Idlis are savory rice and lentil cakes that are made by steaming the fermented rice and lentil batter.

Traditional method of making Idli with fermented the batter requires first soaking of rice and lentils for at least 4-5 hrs and then grinding and then fermenting it. Fermentation can take 8-9 hrs depending on the weather conditions.

Fermented batter is then steamed in a special steamer called Idli maker. This process takes too long for making these Idlis you need to have fermented batter in hand.  Instant Idlis are also good for packing in kids lunch boxes with some chutney of their choice.

I always make some extra whenever I make Idli(be it any method Instant or fermentation) for making Masala Idllis or Chilli Idlis..

You can also make Instant Rava Idli with Cooked Rice, where you can use any leftover rice to make soft spongy and fluffy Idli.

How to make Instant Rava Idli

Making Instant Idlis is a no-fuss process, ready in just 20 minutes you can enjoy these the way you like, with hot and spicy Sambhar or with any spicy Chutney or as Masala Idlis.


I use semolina and yogurt/curd to make these.

Eno salt fruit salt is used for the quick fermentation action in the batter. Eno Fruit salt is an Antacid and is available at the Indian Grocery stores outside India. If you don’t have Eno fruit salt, baking soda and lemon juice can be used instead.

1 Tsp of Eno fruit Salt= 1/2 Tsp of Baking Soda and 1/2 Tbsp of Lemon Juice. 

I made a big batch of these  and then I made some Masala Idlis with left over Idlis .

This recipe is for 1 Cup Rava/ Semolina which gives around 14 Idlis of the size of my Idli mold. You can increase the amount of ingredients as per your requirement.

Let’s see how I make this quick and easy Rava Idli

Instant Rava Idli

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Instant Rava Idllis made using Semolina and Yogurt, quick and easy recipe. Learn how to make soft and fluffy Instant Rava Idllis


  • Semolina/Rava- 1 Cup
  • Thick Yogurt/Curd- 1Cup
  • Salt- 1Tsp
  • Eno Fruit Salt-1Tsp
  • Water-1/2- 3/4 Cup
  • Oil for brushing the Idli molds


  1. Take semolina/rava in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add yogurt and salt and mix well.
  3. Keep the mixture for rest for 5 mins.
  4. After  5 min the mixture will be thick as semolina absorbs the moisture.
  5. Meanwhile, fill the Idli steamer with water and keep it on gas on low flame, for water to boil.
  6. Brush the Idli molds with little oil. We do this so that the Idlis don’t stick to the base.
  7. After 5 minutes check the semolina and yogurt mixture. It will be thick. Add water to it carefully to make the batter. The consistency of the batter should not very thick or too thin. It should be a little thicker than the ribbon consistency. Mix well.
  8. Add 1 Tsp of Eno fruit salt and mix in the batter. Don’t beat the batter after adding Eno and immediately transfer the batter to Idli molds in the tray using a spoon. Keep the idli mold tray in the steamer. In case you don’t have Eno Salt use 1/2 Tsp of baking soda and 1/2 tsp of lemon juice.
  9. Cover the steamer and steam Idlis for 5-10 minutes. After 10 mins check with a toothpick or knife if the idlis are done, else steam for another 5 minutes.
  10. When the Idlis are done, take the steamer off the flame and keep it covered for 2-3 minutes.
  11. Then carefully take Idlis out of the molds.
  12. Enjoy with hot and spicy Sambhar or any Chutney of your choice.

So make these Instant Idlis and enjoy any time the way you like.

We had these, with hot Sambhar(recipe to be updated) and Roasted Bell Pepper, Tomato and Garlic Chutney and made Masala Idlis with leftover ones.

If you love Chinese flavors, try this Chilli Idli recipe with leftover Idli.

Instant Rava Idlis

Do make these Instant Rava Idlis and let me know your feedback.

Try a more healthy version of Instant Idli, Instant Ragi Idli, that we love to have with Tadka Dahi.

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23 thoughts

  1. Swaty, instant rava idli look so soft, fluffy and I wish I could have them right away. I’ve yet to try out rava idli at home as usually I make them with fermented batter.

  2. Instant idlis are a life saver on weekdays as it is so busy. This is a great recipe to make as a quick breakfast or for evening after school tiffin. Lovely recipe!

  3. i like how you have kept them simple and white as the regular idly, my younger one is very specific with the color, so i never add any veggies or tempering to rava idly when i pack for his dabba!!! looks perfect1!

  4. There was a time I could not make these idlis and did not much appreciate the idea too. But now I love instant idli. Eno is a savior.

  5. These idlis look delicious. So glad to learn that it’s possible to make instant idli by using Eno. I have only ever made them using the Instant packs.

  6. These healthy and delicious rava idlis are a perfect treat for all idli lovers. I love the instant version when i am running late from work. Perfect recipe for me.

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