Andhra Style Idli with Rice Rava (Idli Rava or Cream of Rice)


Andhra style idli with rice rava – this is a step by step pictorial recipe to make soft and fluffy idlis with rice rava. Rice rava is also known as Cream of rice or Rice rava or Rice sooji. it is basically coarsely ground idli rice or parboiled rice. In Andhra Pradesh, rice rava is commonly used to make idlis.

idli with idli rava recipe

I make both idlis and dosas for weekend breakfasts at home or the North Indian Aloo poori Or bread pakora. Depending on the time factor, I either use the traditional method of making Idli with parboiled rice or I follow this recipe method with rice rava – As rice rava grinds more easily and faster than parboiled rice.

When making rice rava idli, generally the rice rava is not ground, but I do prefer to grind it with the urad dal as it gives a soft texture. I even make dosa from this batter and they are crisp as well as soft.

The method of making Andhra idli is similar to that of making idli with parboiled rice. Soak lentils and then grind them. Add the soaked rava to the urad dal batter. Add salt and then ferment.

As I have mentioned above, I always grind rice rava as this method Helps in giving a smooth texture to the idlis. but you can also just add the soaked & strained rice rava to the urad dal batter. The texture, in this case, would be different, but still, you will have soft idlis.

idli recipe with idli rava

So do Try making these Andhra style idlis with rice rava. they grind more easily than soaked rice and also yield soft, fluffy idlis. I also make Idli with cooked rice Or leftover rice and these idlis are also soft and taste good.

Idlis are one healthy & nutritious food. they are steamed as well as low fat. Being fermented they are good for the body too. They also make a nice gluten free breakfast or brunch.

You can serve Andhra style idli With coconut chutney, sambar or idli podi.

How to make Andhra style idli with rice rava

1: firstly soak the urad dal, methi seeds (fenugreek seeds) and poha (flattened rice) together for 4 to 5 hours.

soak urad dal for making idli recipe

2: soak the rice rava in a separate bowl or pan for 4 to 5 hours.

soak idli rava to make idli recipe

3: drain the water from the urad dal and keep the water aside. Also drain the water from the rice rava as they absorb a lot of water, so drain them well. Now in a wet grinder, add all the ingredients and add some of the urad dal strained water.

grind idli rava and urad dal

4: grind to a smooth paste. In between with a spatula or spoon stir the batter. Add more water if required.

ground idli batter to make idli with idli rava

5: here’s the ground batter.

ground idli batter for idli recipe

6: take the batter in a bowl and mix salt in it.

idli batter for idli recipe with idli rava

7: cover and allow the batter to ferment for 7 to 8 hours. The fermented batter the next day.

ferment the idli batter to make idli recipe

8: take an idli stand. Smear some oil in all the moulds. Pour the batter in the moulds.

idli batter to make idli recipe with idli rava

9: steam in a pan or in a steamer for 10 to 12 minutes. I used my electric cooker to steam the idlis. If using a pan or pot, first add water in the pan. Let it come to a boil. Keep the idli stand and cover the pan. Steaming hot idlis are ready.

steaming idlis - idli recipe with idli rava

10: Serve Andhra style idli with coconut chutney, sambar or idli podi. I served the idlis with a Kerala style red coconut chutney and some idli podi.

idli recipe with idli rava

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Soft, fluffy idlis made with rice rava rava or idli rava or cream of rice. Vegan & gluten-free recipe.

Prep Time 14 hrs

Cook Time 12 mins

Total Time 14 hrs 12 mins

Cuisine Andhra, South Indian

Course: Breakfast, Brunch

Servings 16 idli


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