|Place of origin||India|
|Region or state||Karnataka|
|Main ingredients||Rice or Semolina|
|Variations||yogurt, chopped cilantro, curry leaves, ghee, crushed ginger, mustard seeds, cashew nuts, green chillies, baking soda|
It is a speciality of the state of Karnataka in India. It was invented by the popular restaurant chain, Mavalli Tiffin Rooms (MTR) of Bangalore. According to them, during World War II, when rice, which is the staple item used in idli, was in short supply, they experimented in making idli using semolina and created rava idli.
Rava idli translates to semolina idli in the Kannada language. It is usually found in restaurants that serve Udupi cuisine. Rava idli is served hot and is to be eaten along with saagu and coconut chutney. A dash of ghee poured on the top of rava idli adds to the overall taste.
- Invention of rava idli by Mavalli Tiffin Rooms is mentioned in "Rava Idli". Webpage of Mavalli Tiffin Rooms. Mavalli Tiffin Rooms. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
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