Rava idly is made from rava which is commonly known as semolina. It is mixed with yogurt and then cooked in steam in order to prepare rava idly. It is a common dish that is eaten all over India. It’s maximum consumption amounts to the region of South India. But since India is such varied and culturally diverse nation, this dish has not remain confined to just one region of India. Instead it is eaten all over India.
History of Rava Idly
The South of India is known for a variety of delicious dishes that it has to offer to the rest of the country and the world. Tiffin items are very famous in the southern part of India. A mere plain dosa with a ghee roasted grated coconut chutney or the perfect blended veggies’ sambar is enough to make anyone’s mouth water at any point of the day! The dishes served are so tasty and lips smacking that once you taste it you won’t be able to forget the taste ever. And it always leaves you wanting for more, Trust me!
Out of all the items that are famous in the south of India, we are going to talk about the ‘Rava Idly’, that is known for its simplicity, yet mind-blowing taste! Am I exaggerating a little too much? Of course not! The long line that stands outside the very famous Mavalli Tiffin Room (MTR) restaurant in Bangalore will tell you how people of all ages go head over heels for this delicacy, the rava idly. It is so soft, rich in texture and delicious that people can just not resist it. In fact they consume it on regular basis, it usually becomes a lunch time diet for most of the working people or people who have to carry tiffins from home every day.
Rava Idly is a kith and kin in the idly family that originated from the south region of India. It is different from the normal idly in many ways. It is different in case of the ingredients that are used to make it. Many people have various different methods to cook eat and there are different ways also in which rava idly is served and consumed.
While the simple idly is made out of rice batter, the Rava idly is made out of semolina instead of rice.
The reason for the invention of this delicacy was not due to wants, but due to emergency needs of the people back in the times of the World War II. During the Second World War, India faced a shortage of rice supply. This caused hindrance in making up of normal idly as that was made from rice flour, and the batter is made entirely out of mixing Yogurt with rice flour. MTR food chain then came up with the idea of substituting rice with semolina and thus with the necessity an invention came up soon started to be known as, Rava Idly.
At that time, MTR’s invention was welcomed with open arms and the demand for this South Indian Tiffin item went soaring high. Rava Idly is known for its simplicity and minimal complexity for cooking, its nutrition, and for its better taste. That was how Rava idly came into existence and it’s credit goes to MTR.
Idli has now also been officially termed as the ‘Healthiest Food Item‘ of India and has got a stamp released to mark its popularity.
So readers! Go give this delicacy a taste in one of your South Indian friend’s house! And fellow friends from the South of India, share your stories of Idly and other yummy and healthy food recipes in the comment section below!