Simple Breakfasts

Breakfast is the important meal of the day. Most people skip it thinking that it is going to help them reduce weight . Women especially skip breakfast because of the early morning rush- waking up kids,getting them ready, cooking and packing lunch and literally running around. But skipping breakfast is only going to create health issues later in life from general tiredness to diabetes. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper is a common quote which stresses the importance of eating a good and healthy breakfast.

Though the common breakfast during weekdays is either Bread/Cereal/French toast, we reserve the traditional Indian breakfast during weekends. Either Idli, dosa with Sambar or Upma will be our weekend breakfast menu.

Rava idli is one of our favorite breakfasts/dinner recipes. It takes about 15 minutes to prep and another 10-12 minutes to steam the idlis.

Home made Rava Idlis:

Rava(Cream of wheat)- 1 cup
Salt to taste

Yogurt – half a cup
Water – 3/4 to 1 cup
Chopped green chilies- 1 tbsp
Chopped Cilantro- 2 tbsp

Oil- 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida- 1/4 tsp
Cashew nuts(optional)- chopped- 1 tbsp
Curry Leaves- 1 tbsp


Heat oil in a pan and add asafoetida. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter, add cumin seeds and curry leaves. Stir fry for a minute. Add the rava(sooji or cream of wheat) and stir fry well for 2-3 minutes till the raw smell of the rava disappears, at the last stage add cashews and fry once.

Transfer the fried rava to a bowl. Add chopped green chilies, cilantro , salt and mix well. Slowly add the yogurt, whisking well to avoid any lumps. The rava will absorb all the yogurt. Let it sit for a mintue-two while it thickens.

Then add the remaining water and make it like a thick pancake batter.

Grease idli plates with some sesame oil. Pour the rava idli batter into each idli plate. Steam it in a pressure cooker(without whistle) or a steamer for 10-12 mintues on medium heat.

Insert a knife/fork into the idlis to check if they are done. If the fork comes out clean, idlis are done.

Serve with chutneys or sambar. We had it with coconut chutney.

Coconut Chutney:

To Blend:

Coconut- 1/4 cup
Dahlia (pottu kadalai)- 1 tsp
Green chilies-3
Chopped cilantro- 1/4 cup
Salt to taste
Water- 1/4 cup

For tempering: (optional)
Oil- 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp

Blend the items given under to blend section, without adding water first(powder them). Then add water and blend them to a smooth paste. Transfer to a bowl.

Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When they splutter, pour them on top of the chutney and serve with idlis.

You can also serve it with kothamalli thokku(cilantro relish), tomato thokku or daikon chutney.

These idlis and chutney are going to JFI-Breakfast, an event started by Indira.

I am reposting another simple breakfast- Morekali (Savory pudding with buttermilk) for JFI.

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20 Comments to “Simple Breakfasts”

  1. perfect healthy breakfast…more than plain rice idlis i love rava idli because of its flavours and as its so easy to make as well….perfect with that green chutney as well…lovely combo together…have a lovely weekend sowjanya,take care…

  2. Ruchika, nice recipe. I make suji idli slightly differently. Thanks for this recipe.

  3. Priya says:

    Rava idli, most favourite one..havent prepared long back…morekali yummmm!!!!makes me hungry..

  4. indosungod says:

    Rava idlis are looking good. I have to eat breakfast or I get crabby and eat junk throughout the day. So never skip breakfast.

  5. says:

    Rava idlis look delicious I make dhokla in this way.

  6. Cham says:

    I never skip breakfast but the little one does! I love morekalli great for summer!

  7. Srimathi says:

    I like that you have made them without any baking soda. I am told that it always becomes dense without baking soda. Is that so? yours look good.

  8. Simple, healthy and delicious.

  9. Oraphan says:

    That looks tasty and healthy! It sounds like a lot of work to me though. I like quick and easy breakfast like cereal, oatmeal, toast or bagel. Thanks for the reminder to eat breakfast!

  10. I love rava idlis…forever…when I am sick or tired of all other yummies… I love to relish this one…. & I do not tend to get enough of them..or rather be bored with it…. I love the elegance of this prep…… The rich taste in my mouth…actually the lil sour & sweet taste….. It’s like Khatta Meeta!!!!! YUMMY!!!!! YUMS!!!!!!


  11. Sra says:

    Never knew rava idli was this easy!

  12. Padma says:

    Rava idlis look delicious… Perfect for breakfast. Nice entries for the event

  13. Joanne says:

    I can’t emphasize more the importance of breakfast for good health! Skipping it actually helps you gain weight, not lose it! I love that you guys have such large savory breakfasts..sounds delicious.

  14. Rupali says:

    nice recipe ruchika! my kids luv rava idli. will try out ur variation next time.

  15. He has holidays in april for 20 days…now he has school, better he goes to school else he feels very bored at home, nothing much to do also…here neighbours also dont talk much nor kids play…he has to go to park only and play there…

  16. This is the best breakfast i can ever think of.

  17. I simply love this :) This breakfast always brings a smile to my face:) Hope you have a great week dear:)

  18. notyet100 says:

    healthy nd yummy,,,

  19. prefect to have this anytime of the day..comfort food.

  20. Suma Gandlur says:

    Perfect entries for the event.
    Please provide the link to the announcement page in your morkali post as well.
    Thanks for your participation.

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