Cook's Hideout: Rava Idlis using Instant Rava Idli Mix

June 10, 2012

Rava Idlis using Instant Rava Idli Mix

I'm back to blogging for 3 days in a row this time with Blogging Marathon # 17 (BM#17). Slight change in the format, but same idea of cooking with a theme for consecutive days instead of a week. I'm joining the marathon for 2 weeks this time and my first theme is "Cooking with Ready made Stuff". 

I don't usually buy ready to cook food, even though I know some of them really good and they are fast and convenient. I try to make everything from scratch because I keep stock of the basic ingredients needed for most of the dishes and it doesn't seem cost effective to buy ready to cook foods again. But recently my work got a lot busier and I find that I don't have much energy left to make anything even over the weekends. So when I saw Valli's themes and saw this theme, I wanted to try some of the "ready to cook food" and see how they taste. 

For the first dayof BM# 17, I made Rava Idlis using MTR brand "Instant Rawa idli mix". These are super simple to make, all you need is some yogurt and chopped cilantro. I used greek yogurt mixed with water. The mix has all the seasonings, cashews, tempering ingredients and the final product was excellent, given the minimum amount of work put into it.

MTR Rawa Idli mix - 1pkt (3cups)
Yogurt - 4.5cups, I used 3 cups of greek yogurt mixed with 1.5cups of water
Cilantro - 3tbsp, finely chopped

  • Mix the idli mix with 1.5 cups of yogurt. Sprinkle in the cilantro and mix well. Set aside for 1 minute.
  • Add the rest of the yogurt and mix well. Make sure that there are no lumps. Set aside for 2 minutes.
  • Steam the idlis in your idli steamer or pressure cooker without whistle for 10-12 minutes.
  • Serve hot with the chutney of your choice.
I served my idlis with this delicious Cilantro-coconut (milk) chutney that I made from Nupur's blog. This is one of my favorite chutney right after my absolute favorite peanut chutney.

Let's check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked up for Day 1 of BM# 17.


  1. I don't use ready to make mixes either and am going to do that theme next week.

    Idli looks good!

  2. those look delicious! mmm! thanks for sharing!

  3. Rava idlis looks great. I have tried this too once when we returned back from a tour and needed a quick dinner.Loved it...

  4. Wish to have this idlis rite now. Never tried rava idli with ready made mix,delicious.

  5. Looks delicious and the chutney too!!!!!

  6. Love Rava Idli any day. I initially used to get the same mix. Later on found that we liked the homemade version better. :)

  7. absolutely worth trying...these look delectable

  8. I just love the taste of this readymade idly

  9. Delicious rava idly but haven't tried with instant one...looks perfect!!

  10. My favorite idlis. :) My number one vote among MTR products goes to these rava idlis. Of course this is their creation. :)

  11. I love these idlis and MTR is my favourite!!!!

  12. Delicious rava idli... I love MTR it is easy and always comes out nice

  13. I always wonder how good such premixes are...seeing your idlis I can see they have turned out well. Will try next week. Great clicks and fantastic blog :) Do stop by mine. Would love to hear from you. Happy Cooking!

  14. used Pillsbury's rava idli mix...its even need only water and made it in the microwave in 3 minutes...delicious soft and fluffy!

  15. Thank you very much Pavani... I had a packet of rawa idli mix and I didn't quote like the method that was on the cover, so thank you xx


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