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What is Idli Rava?

Rice Rava (or Cracked Raw Rice) is used for various South Indian dishes – Idli/ Arisi Upma/ Kozhukottai (Undrallu) etc. Check 14+ varieties of Idli here. Idli rava (or idli Rawa) is called Akki Thari in Kannada and Biyyapurava in Telugu.

Here’s is a quick way to make homemade Rice Rava that can be used for the purpose. I have taken raw white rice for this purpose. However, the process is the same for any type of rice, only the soaking time varies according to the quality of the rice.

This is a basic kitchen prep, and saves valuable time and money once you have this ingredient ready. Let’s see how to make Rice Rava. I have included a quick video to help this process to be understood better.  Like making homemade Schezwan Sauce or making Desi Ghee, this too is an easy DIY / Kitchen basics recipe.


Idli Rava V. Upma Sooji / Upma Rava. Where is Idli Rava used ? How is it different from Rava / Semolina or Lapsi?

Idli Rava is made with Whole Rice, soaked and dried and ground as explained in this recipe. On the other hand, Rava / Semolina/ Upma Rava is made from Durum Wheat which is used to make Rava Pongal ,Ragi Rava Dosa, Rava Idli, Upma, Rava Ladoo, Kichadi, Rava Kesari (Sheera), Rava Kanji etc. A coarser variation of broken wheat is called Lapsi / Daliya which is also used to make denser but healthier Broken Wheat Idli, Godhuma Thakkali Upma etc.

Idli Rava is used to make Soft Spongy Idlis like


Method – How to make Rice Rava

Watch the embedded video for a detailed procedure, more tips and tricks to get it right… .

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How to make homemade Idli Rava | Homemade Idli Rava | Cream of Rice

This Rava is different from Sooji / Semolina and is used to make soft Idlis / Koxhukattai / Pongal etc..
4.73 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Soaking Time, Grinding Time 15 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 25 minutes
Course DIY
Cuisine Indian
Servings 500 grams


  • Bowl
  • Dry Grinder
  • Sieve


  • 3 cup Raw rice (Can use par Boiled Rice too)


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    Homemade Idli Rava ~ಅಕ್ಕಿ ತರಿ ~బియ్యపు రవ్వ 1 ingredient, many dishes! #DIY #KitchenHack


    1. This recipe can be made with Par boiled Rice / Puzhungal Arisi. In that case, soak for 3 hours only.
    2. This Idli rava is different from Rice flour, and also different from Sooji / Semolina.
    3. This can be used to make soft Idli / Undlige/ Upma Kozhukattai/ Idli rava Upma. All recipes are on this blog.  
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    1. Deepa. R. Krishnan

      Nice useful information..

    2. Hey thanks. Guess no more store brought rava for me.

    3. Amina Creations

      fantastic post… very useful..

    4. Anonymous

      Has anyone tried to make Ravi with brown rice? I suppose I'd have to soak the brown rice longer (4 hours).

    5. Anonymous

      a useful recipe. will try it

    6. Good.. Useful

    7. Good.. Useful

    8. Thank you very usefull post.

    9. what size sieve should i use – the one I had gives very fine powder and so makes it mushy when cooked

    10. what size sieve should i use – the one I had gives very fine powder and so makes it mushy when cooked

    11. "Collect all the rice flour & the rava separately. Dry out the rava again in a large bowl for 10 – 15 mins before storing in an airtight container"

      does it mean to mix flour and rawa together and dry out it in large bowl before storing

    12. Very helpful post…

    13. Вася Пупкин

      What is the purpose to wet and to dry?

    14. Mayuri Patel

      5 stars
      What you call idli rava, we call it kanki. Usually used to make a dish called kanki, a yogurt rice dish. Making idli rava is so easy at home. Thank you for sharing how to prepare it at home.

    15. Seema Sriram

      5 stars
      I guess it is a passed on from generations to generations how to get rice rava done. Amma taught me and mil improved on it. So glad to see your post.

    16. Harini Rupanagudi

      5 stars
      wow! Never tried making Idli rava at home. Sounds very easy.

    17. 5 stars
      Now this is certainly a wonderful way of being independent. I do not need to depend on the grocers favorite brand of idly rawa. Homemade is the best.

    18. Jayashree T.Rao

      5 stars
      I make this one at home and use it for upma and hulinuchu. Never tried making idli with it, I must try it sometime. Nice post.

    19. Preethicuisine

      5 stars
      This is a very useful post Kalyani. Would love to make it at home . No more store bought Rava. Thanks for sharing .

    20. 5 stars
      WoW! This is very useful & helpful post. Never tried making Idli rava at home.

    21. Poonam Bachhav

      5 stars
      Making idli rava at home sounds so easy. Thanks for sharing this useful information.

    22. 5 stars
      Thank you for the recipe. we do not get Idli rava much here and I am loving this that it can be easily done at home. Now waiting to try different recipes.

    23. 5 stars
      Can one use basmati rice we don’t get raw rice pls. Let us know

    24. Thank you for sharing this recipe it’s very helpful must give it a try.

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