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jowar idli served in a green plate with peanut chutney and chutney podi
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Instant Jowar Idli | Jowar Rava Idli

Instant Jowar Idli – healthy and nutritious idli made with jowar flour and semolina
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Resting time25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 13 idli
Author: Madhavi


  • 1 cup jowar flour (Sorgum/Jonna)
  • 1 cup rava ( semolina)
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (curd)
  • 1 cup water or as needed
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 13 split cashew
  • 1 teaspoon eno

Tempering -

  • 3 teaspoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon chana dal
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 3 green chili, finely chopped adjust acc to your spice level
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 pinch asafoetida


  • In a large bowl combine jowar flour, semolina, salt, curd and water. Mix it well and rest the batter for 20 - 25 minutes ( not more than that)
  • While the batter is resting do the tempering. Heat a small pan and heat oil. Add mustard seeds and let them pop. Now add chana dal and urad dal. Fry till dal turns light brown. Add cumin, ginger, finely chopped green chili and curry leaves. Fry for a minute and add a pinch of asafoetida and turn off the stove.
  • After 30 minutes add this tempering to the jowar-rava mixture. Mix it well. Check for the batter consistency and add some water if needed. The batter should be similar to idli batter. Slightly thick, but pourable.
  • Add eno and one teaspoon of water on top of the eno to activate it. Mix it. Grease your idli plates with oil/ghee/cooking spray.
  • After the eno is added, you will almost immediately see bubbles in the batter. Immediately pour a ladle full of batter in to idli molds and steam them.

Steaming the Idli –

  • If using idli steamer– steam them on high for 10 – 11 minutes. Remove once the pressure releases naturally.
  • If using instant pot – add 1.5 cups of water and boil it in the saute mode. Once the water comes to a boil, hit cancel. Place the idli stand and close the lid. Turn the pressure valve to vent position. Press the steam mode and keep an external timer for 10 -11 minutes. Once the timer is done, turn off the instant pot and remove the idli after 5 minutes.
  • If using traditional pressure cooker- do not place the whistle and steam them for 10 -11 minutes.


Do not soak the jowar idli mixture for more than 30 minutes.
If the batter becomes too thin add little jowar flour to adjust the consistency. 
Tastes best with peanut chutney and eat them soon after they are made. 
You can find the jowar flour in most Indian stores or online.