Instant Upma and Rava Idli Mix - Homemade

Instant rava idli mix and Upma mix is the same, very easy and healthy mix used to prepare a healthy breakfast. I always keep this ready, after coming from my morning walk, preparing upma is is quick and easy. This instant mix is a real saver, and its exactly like the store bought instant mixes , which is expensive,  has preservatives too. This is preservative free. Here is the recipe...


1 Kg Upma Rava / Semolina
1/2 Cup Ghee
2 Tablespoons Mustard seeds
4 Tablespoons Urad dal
10 Green chillies - cut into small piece
5 Sprigs Curry leaves
1/2 Teaspoon Asafoetida
1/2 Cup Cashew nuts - broken in half

Dry roast the rava /  semolina till it turns pinkish. Keep aside

In a deep bottom pan  heat the ghee... add mustard seeds and let it it splutter. Then
add the urad dal, let it turn golden brown. Then add the green chilies , curry leaves  and let them dehydrate in the ghee or till the chillies turn slightly white and the curry leaves crisp. Add the chasewnut and fry till it turns golden brown, add the  asafoetida, and rava fry till it releases a delicious aroma.  Transfer it on a flat plate and let it cool completely.  The Upma / Rava Idli Mix is ready to use.     After about 5 - 6 hours transfer this  mix into an airtight container.  This can be stored in the refrigerator for 6 months or more,   in your kitchen pantry for 2 months.

Method to prepare  Upma

1 Cup Instant  Upma mix
2 Cups Water
Salt to taste
A pinch of sugar
1 Teaspoon Lime juice
1 Tablespoon Coriander - finely chopped
1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric powder - optional
2 Tablespoon Freshly grated coconut - optional

 In a deep bottom pan bring the the water to a rolling boil, add the salt, sugar, turmeric  and the mix.  Stir it well, cook it for 5 minutes on medium low heat.   When all the water is evaporated add the lime juice, coriander and coconut. Give it a quick stir.  Serve and have it hot.

Method to prepare Rava Idli

1 Cup  Instant mix
1.1/2 cup of yogurt
1/4 Teaspoon Baking soda
Salt to taste

Mix all the ingredients together except the baking soda. Leave it for 10 minutes.   In the meanwhile, heat the water in the idli vessel.  Grease the idli mold .  When you are ready to pour this into the mold, mix the baking soda in a tablespoon of water and add it to the batter.  Mix well and pour it into the prepared idli mold.
Steam cook for 10 - 15  minutes. Eat the hot idlis with chutney of your choice.


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  1. Nice rava idli mix recipe.. Haven't tried at home..looks good.

  2. A very nice basic recipe. So helpful to a delicious snack made quickly.

  3. must be great time saver once you have the mix already done

  4. This is a wonderful option to keep handy!

  5. Very interesting series. I have similar recipes coming up.

  6. I too do this and store it. Very helpful for those busy days

  7. Very handy and definitely a time saver when u are busy.. Helpful mix.

  8. Very handy during time crunches and while traveling.

  9. That is such a useful mix to have in the pantry for quick and easy meals.

  10. Very useful recipe when traveling. I made this when we moved and sent it with my husband to quickly make for dinner.

  11. Very nice blog...Prepare Special Dishes in your Kitchen with Bambino Instant Mixes. Make Vermicelli Kheer, Puliyogare, Upma, Badam drink instantly with bambino products.

  12. Thanks for sharing very useful blog. Instant Upma mix is a perfect choice for breakfast. You can make this upma instantly with the help of bambino instant mixes. Thank you