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Semiya Idli

 Published 2010-Oct-13   Updated 2017-Jun-12

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Vermicelli Idlis, Instant seviya idli, spaghetti idli)


  • Thin Semiya (roasted & broken) - 2cups
  • Roasted Rava - 1 cup
  • Curd/yogurt - 2 cups
  • Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - to taste

For Tempering

  • Oil- 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • channa dal - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Curry Leaves- 4-5 (chopped)
  • Asafoetida - a pinch

Optional Ingredients

  • Grated Carrot
  • Grated Coconut
  • Grated Ginger
  • Green Chillies
  • Cilantro
  • Cashews


  • I usually buy roasted rava and roasted semiya. If you have the un-roasted one, then roast the rava and semiya till it turns slightly brown and gives a nice aroma. Break it into small pieces before you make the batter.
  • I have used thin semiya in this recipe. You can also substitute with thick semiya or pasta varieties (spaghetti, angel hair etc).


  1. Mix together the dry ingredients - semiya, rava, baking soda and salt.
  2. Mix the curd with it to form a thick batter. It should be thicker than normal idli batter. You can add 1 or 2 spoons of water if needed.
  3. Heat oil in a separate pan and fry the mustard seeds, channa dal and urad dal.
  4. When the dals turn golden brown, add the curry leaves and asafoetida. 
  5. Add this tempering to the batter and mix well. You can also add any of the optional ingredients to the batter to make it more flavorful.
  6. Let the batter rest for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Grease idli plates and fill 3/4 th of the molds with the batter.
  8. Steam in a idli cooker or pressure cooker for 15-20 minutes.
  9. Let the idlis rest for 5 minutes before you remove them from the molds.

Serving Suggestion


  • Make the batter little more thinner and make semiya dosa with it.
  • You can also make spaghetti idlis, angel hair dosa etc...

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Comment by indira k
    this came out well, even without the baking soda ..
Reply :-
    Oh good!! Even I don't add the baking soda when I make it for home. Baking Soda just makes it a little more lighter but the taste will be the same.

Comment by Shilpa Angel
    I tried Semiya Idli today and it came out very tasty ('_')
Reply :-           
    Good to hear that. Thanks for taking the time to post your comments.

Comment by renuka memba
Reply :-
    U r welcome!!

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