Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Rava Idli with Carrot and Methi / Fenugreek Leaves

Did you know that Rava idlis were invented by the famous MTR restaurant in Bangalore during the second world war when they faced shortage of rice? (source:Wikipedia).  This simple, yet delicous treats are so easy to make with out any fermentation.  You can add any vegetable of your choice to make it even more healthier.   


Rava / Sooji / Cream of wheat - 1 cup
Curd / yogurt - 1/2 cup
Water - 1/4 cup
Channa dal - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Green chilli - 2 small finely chopped
Ginger - 1 tsp finely chopped
curry leaves - 1 tsp finely chopped
Carrot - 1 grated
Fresh Menthi  leaves/Fenugreek/Venthaya keerai - 1/2 cup chopped
Fresh coriander leaves - 2 TBSP
Asofetida - a pinch
Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
Salt  - to taste
Oil- 2 TBSP

  1. Heat oil in a skillet and add the mustard seeds to splutter. 
  2. Add channa dal and fry till golden brown.  Add green chillies, ginger, curry leaves and asafateda and fry for 30 seconds.
  3. Add rava and fry for 3-4 minutes till nice aroma comes out. Take it out and let it cool.
  4. Add  curd, salt, baking soda and 1/4 cup water and mix well. 
  5. Add the grated carrots, methi and coriander leaves.  Mix well.  Leave it for 15 minutes.
  6. Grease idli plates and pour the batter and steam for 10 minutes or untill done.
Rava idlis with Red Pepper Chutney

I am sending these to RV and Sudeshna's Lunch Box Event

Red Pepper Chutney
Red Pepper - 1 Chopped in to big chuncks
Onion - 1 small chopped
Tomato - 1 medium chopped
Garlic - 1 pod (Optional)
Red chilli - 1-2 (to your taste)
Green chilli - 1-2
Curry leaves - few
Salt - to taste
Oil - 1-2 TBSP

Heat oil in a skillet and fry the onion, garlic, red and green chillies and curry leaves for 2 minutes.
Add red peppers and cook till tender.  Add the chooped tomato and cook till soft.
Let it cool completly.  Grind the cooled mixture with salt in a blender to a fine paste.

I made this pudalankai / snake guard dry curry with the left over methi leaves.  It was delicious.


  1. Gorgeous combo. Love the addition of Methi in Rava idli, makes it healthy with Carrots too. Love Padavalkai, don't get it here often.

  2. I want some now. Its been a while since I made rava idlis. The chutney looks great as well.

  3. Lovely combo...Love your healthy version with veggies and methi...

  4. nice blog. have added your link in my blogroll.

  5. WOw that a healthy way to enjoy rava idli, love the bowl u served the chutney...delicious chutney too..

  6. wow latha loved ur rava idli, thy look very soft n spongy...thy vl taste more yumm with veges n tempering

  7. The rava idli and chutney are inviting! Like pondalankai but we don't get the Long one!

  8. love the rava one of my favorite instant tiffin items to the pictures too!

  9. looks colourful and love its flavours,would surely be yum..

  10. I still buy MTR rava idli mix to make them at home..... will try you recipe sometime... it looks really soft and delicious.... Thanks for sending this entry for the lunchbox series.


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