Make and store – Rava Idly & Rava Upma


Now this is fun and time saving for the future. You can store it in an air tight container and enjoy later. It’s one of the best options for working ladies… and men.!!

You will need

  1. 3 tbsp oil
  2. 2 tsp mustard seeds
  3. 1 tbsp yellow split grams or channa dal
  4. 1 tbsp black gram split or urad dal
  5. 15-20 curry leaves
  6. 5-6 green chilies
  7. 1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
  8. 1/2 tsp turmeric (optional)
  9. 3 cups of semolina (rava or sooji)
  10. salt as per taste

Heat oil in a deep pot and add mustard seeds. After the seeds splutter, add yellow grams and black grams (channa and urad dal) and wait for it turn golden-brown. Now add curry leaves, green chilies and ginger and wait for the aromas to sink in. At this point you can also add chopped cashew nuts. I don’t like the sweetness it gives, so it’s out of my dish.  Add turmeric and semolina. Mix it and stir it well and continuously for about 10-15 minutes. If you need to, taste a pinch of the mixture, it should be crispy and crunchy. Add salt (I added about 1 tbsp of salt) and mix it well. Make sure to do all of this on low flame, and this takes some good patience. Wait for it to cool down completely and store it in an air tight container. Your ‘Instant Rava Mix’ is ready!!!

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Rava Idly

For 1 portion of the mix, add 2 portions of yogurt, preferably sour and let it rest for about 15 minutes. You can also add some grated carrots, green peas and chopped coriander. Do check on the salt if you were not sure of it when you made the mix. Steam it in the idly plate or cup for about 10-15 minutes.

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Rava Upma

Saute some onions, and add some chopped vegetables of your choice like carrots, green beans, potatoes, green peas (you can also not add any). Now add 2 portions of water and let it boil. At this time, you can add some grated coconut if you like. When the water is boiling, add 1 portion of mix and let it cook for about 10 minutes on low flame. And adjust salt accordingly. Add some chopped coriander.

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