Idli Sambar Recipe

How to make Idli Sambar | Rava Idli Recipe | Sambar Recipe

Rava idli is a simple and healthy South Indian dish that is very popular in India.

It can be served in breakfast, lunch or dinner. Rava idli can be prepared very easily and quickly. Rava is also known as Suji (Hindi) or Semolina (English).

Rava idli is easy to digest. It is an instant recipe that can be prepared without grinding and fermentation. Rava idli is prepared in an idli stand with sooji, eno, salt, chana dal, and curd.

I have prepared this recipe in a special way by using rai for tadka in the batter. I have also used chana dal in the batter. This is the USP of my dish.

Rava idli is served with sambar or coconut chutney.

Sambar is the most popular south Indian dish. It is a nutritious tasty dish which is very useful to our body. Sambhar is eaten with idli, dosa, vada, or plain rice.

It can be served for breakfast or dinner. Sambhar is prepared with arhar dal, some vegetables, spices, and sambhar masala.

Imli is added to enhance its taste. Tadka of rai and meetha neem(curry leaves) is added to enhance its taste.

So here is step by step Idli Sambar Recipe – 


Idli Sambar Recipe

Preparation Time:

15 Minutes

Cooking Time:

35 Minutes


Ingredients for Sambar

  • Arhar Dal (Pigeon Pea or toor dal) – 1 cup
  • Pumpkin(Kaddu) – 100g
  • Capsicum – 1 piece
  • Brinjal – 1 piece medium size (optional)
  • Green chilli – 1 piece
  • Imli – 5-6 pieces
  • Water – 2 ½ cup
  • Meetha Neem(curry leaves) – 12-15 pc
  • Mustard Seeds(Rai) – 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Sambhar Masala – 4 teaspoon
  • Hing – ½ teaspoon
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste
  • Red Chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Dry Whole Red chilli(sabut) – 1 piece
  • Oil or ghee – 1 tablespoon

Ingredients for Rava Idli

  • Sooji (Semolina) – 2 cup or 500g
  • Curd – 1 cup or Buttermilk – 2 cup
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste
  • Rai (Mustard seeds) – 1 teaspoon
  • Chana Dal – 1 tablespoon (Optional)
  • Edible Oil or ghee – 4 teaspoon
  • Eno or baking soda – 3 teaspoon
  • Water – as per requirement
  • Idli Stand – 1

Rava Idli Recipe

ingredients for idli sambar

Intitial Preparation

  • Prepare a batter by mixing 500g or 2 cups of sooji in 1 cup of curd (or 2 cups of buttermilk).
  •  Add 1 tablespoon of chana dal and salt as per taste.
  • Add water in it as per requirement such that it becomes a paste of running consistency. 
  • Keep aside this mixture for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, check the batter. It should have a medium consistency. 
  • If the batter looks thick, then add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to get a medium consistency.
batter for rava idli

Tadka in Idli Batter

  • For Tadka, heat 2 teaspoons of ghee or oil in a small frying pan. Add 1 teaspoon of rai (mustard seeds). Let them sputter. 
  • Pour this tadka over idli batter and mix well.
boiling water in cooker for idli

Preparing Rava Idli

  • Pour 1½ glass of water into the steamer.
  • Cover the steamer with a lid and place it on gas on high flame.
  • Heat the water till it comes to a boil.
preparing rava idli
  • Now brush oil or ghee on the idli pan moulds.
  • Pour some batter in another bowl that is required for the idli stand at a time.
  • Pour one teaspoon of eno or baking soda over this small quantity of batter.
  • Pour ½ teaspoon of water over eno for better fermentation.
  • Mix the batter well and place immediately in idli moulds of idli stand.
  • Do not rest the batter.
cooking rava idli in a cooker
  • Place this idli stand in boiled hot water of the steamer on high flame for 10 minutes and cover it with a lid.
checking rava idli consistency
  • After 10 minutes, insert a toothpick or knife in a rava idli.
perfectly cooked rava idli
  • If the toothpick or knife inserted in the rava idli comes out clean means that the idli has been cooked properly. Otherwise, cover again with lid and cook for 5 more minutes.
  • Remove the idli plates carefully and let them rest for 3 to 4 minutes. 
  • Grease a spoon with ghee or oil and remove the Rava idli from idli moulds with the help of this spoon.
  • Again repeat the procedure to make more idli by adding eno in the remaining batter.
Idli Sambar Recipe
  • Rava idli is ready to be served.
  • Serve idli with sambar, coconut chutney, green chutney, or tomato ketchup.

Rava Idli Recipe Tips

  • Using eno makes idli fluffy and soft.
  • Eno should not be mixed in the whole batter. Mix eno in such a quantity of batter that is required for one time idli stand.
  • Apply ghee or oil in idli moulds before pouring idli batter in moulds. In this way, idli can be removed easily from moulds.
  • Rai tadka and chana dal increase its taste and make it look good.
  • Idli should not be removed from moulds immediately. It should be removed after 3-4 minutes.
  • Idli stand should be placed in boiled hot water in the steamer.
  • Add eno in the batter only when water in the steamer has boiled so as to make idli fluffy.
  • Eno is preferable instead of baking soda.
  • The idli batter should be of medium consistency otherwise idli will not be soft and fluffy.

Sambar Recipe

Intitial Preparation

  • Soak arhar dal in water for 15 minutes.
  • Chop pumpkin, capsicum, and green chilli.
  • Peel out the brinjal and chop and soak it with water.
  • Break the whole dry red chilli into two pieces.

Preparation of Imli Water

  • Wash imli with fresh water 3-4 times and remove seeds, if any.
  • Soak imli in lukewarm(gunguna) water in a bowl for 15-20 minutes, then pour it into a mixer and make a fine paste or pulp.  
  • Transfer this pulp into a soup strainer(sieve) and strain it.
  • Discard the residue left in the strainer.
  • Imli water is ready.
adding pumpkin to sambar

Main Method for Sambar

  • Wash soaked arhar dal in freshwater 4-5 times.
  • Place dal in a cooker with 2 ½ cup water, ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon of salt, 3 teaspoons of sambhar masala, chopped pumpkin, chopped brinjal, chopped green chilli, and chopped capsicum.
  • Place the cooker on a high flame for 6-7 whistles.
sambar recipe
  • Cool down the cooker and mesh with a whisk.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of imli pulp to the cooker. 
  • You may adjust the consistency of sambhar as per your choice by adding water.
  • Taste the sourness and salt of the mixture at this stage. Imli water increases sourness.
tadka for sambar recipe

Preparing Tadka for Sambar

  • For Tadka, heat 1 tablespoon of oil or ghee in a frying pan. Add hing and rai. Let them sputter. 
  • Add meetha neem(curry leaves) and 2 broken pieces of dry whole red chilli. Fry it on low flame for 30 seconds. Add 1 teaspoon of red chilli powder and 1 teaspoon sambhar masala.
adding tadka to sambar
  • Immediately mix it with sambar and cover the cooker with lid for a minute to prevent odour of masala.
  • Cook the above mixture on a medium flame for one boil (at least 5 min) without a cooker lid. Keep stirring it.
  • Note: Alternate method – cover the cooker with lid and take 2 whistles on high flame.
Idli Sambar Recipe
  • Serve the hot sambar with idli, dosa, vada, or plain rice.

Sambar Recipe Tips

  • You may use lemon in place of imli water. (But imli water gives better taste in sambhar.)
  • Soaking brinjal in water immediately after chopping prevents it from becoming black.
  • Make sure that no seeds remain in imli.
  • You may also add some other vegetables like bottle gourd(lauki), onion and drum sticks, etc.
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8 months ago

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