Thursday, June 14, 2012

Rava Idli Batter/Rava Dosa maavu

       Making iddly and dosa in India is easy as pie. Wet grind the grains, leave it over night and the next morning the batter will be brimming and ready to make dosa or iddly. We'll burn our self out making iddly and dosa in US. Temperature plays a big role in the fermentation of the batter. I googled and tried the tips: I kept the batter in the oven with lights on and even tied my daughter's woolen scarf around the container following one suggestion.

Fool proof method for a good batter in cold weatherOne day i made the batter in the morning ( kept it in an airtight plastic container) and placed it near the stove and cooked for the day. The next day i was so surprised to see the brimming batter with that familiar soft sour smell :) Now i'm doing the same routine: make the batter, keep it near my cooking space before i start to cook, enjoy a nice breakfast the next morning.

dosa batter
iddly batter
2 cups              rava            
2 cups              rice               
1 cup               urud dal      
1/2 tsp             fenugreek/ methi seed 
1. Soak rava in water for 4 hrs.
2. Wash the rice and soak it in water for 4 hrs.
3. Wash the urud dal and soak in water along with *fenugreek seeds for 4 hrs.
4. Put the soaked rava with little water in the grinder and grind till in becomes smooth-10 mins. Take out the batter.
5. Wash the rice one more time, add some water with rice and grind till it's smooth-take the rice batter in between the fingers: it's texture should be between nice rava paste and cake batter. 
6. Take the rice batter out. Wash the urud dal with methi seeds,add some water and grind it to a fine paste-should be smooth like cake batter.
7. Mix all the three batter, Add 2 tsp of salt with little water and mix it with hand.
8. Pour the batter in an airtight container and keep it near the stove during the cooking.
9. The next day mix the raised batter well and check for salt, add water if needed.

*fenugreek should be added only with the urud dal.

 This batter is very versatile, we can make a variety of food with this batter: sweet and spicy rava iddly, rava dosa, kuzi paniyaram.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. If you try this recipe, please comment on it. I like to hear how it came out.
Some recipes for rava batter:

1. Sweet Rava Iddly-Inipu Iddly 

2. Sweet Rava Dosai-Inipu dosai 

3. Spicy Paniyaram- Kara Paniyaram

....... keep it near stove. 
iddly batter
Rava iddly batter


Lalita Rao said...


The idlies turned out very well! I especially found your description of the desired consistencies of each of the three batters should feel to very useful.

I soaked the rice with a handful of poha...this made the idlies soft.

Thank you so much!


Neela Rufus said...

Thanks for the feedback Lalitha. I'll add poha next time i make iddly :)