Instant ready to make Rava upma mix for upma/Uppitu , Instant Rava Idlis and Rava dosa

It is such a boon to have these ready to make upma mixes at home or send it with those travelling.
We see so many branded products in the stores so I got inspired couple of years ago and been making these ready to cook mixes in my fridge. Comes very handy when you have guests, or do not have the urge to cook in the kitchen . Just a microwave will do if you want your kids to take care of themselves.

The ready to make mix is basic ingredient to make
1. Rava Upma

2. Rava Idlis

3.Rava dosa

The mix makes around 500 grams .


3 cups of Bombay rava /upma rava
3 tbsp ghee or oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 tsp chana dal
1 tbsp finely chopped green chillies
1 tsp grated ginger
some curry leaves.
1 tbsp cashew nuts ( optional)


In a pan add the ghee or oil, let it heat up, splutter the mustard seeds and add the chana dal, let them turn golden.Add the green chillies, ginger, curry leaves, cashewnuts.

Remove from the pan. Keep aside.Now  Add the rava in the pan and roast separately with more oil or ghee.
The sooji must turn lightly golden and look crispy.
Remove, let it cool.
Mix both the tempering items and the rava, mix well. Let cool completely and store in air tight container or ziploc bags .

Stays good for 3 month in the fridge.

To make upma

Check the link for basic recipe and methods or follow instructions given below. ( for first timers !)
Measure a cup of this instant mix, add  to 2 1/4 cups  of boiling water, with required salt etc. A tbsp of oil or ghee may be added.( If you have frozen vegetables or fresh vegetables, chop them fine add to boiling water.). Pinch of turmeric powder may be added if you wish.
Cover with a lid, lower flame.

Stir occasionally , till the water is absorbed completely and the upma is done. .

To make a 3 minute mug upma…watch the video…

To make Rava idlis

Check the link too to get an idea.
Measure the rava prepared, add  a pinch of eno salt or cooking soda, salt, and some curds to make a idli batter. Keep aside for 10 minutes.
Grease the idli moulds, add more water or buttermilk to idli batter if it becomes thick. Mix batter well and spoon onto idli moulds.
Steam cook for 12 minutes or till idlis are done.

Isnt it a great way of saving time by preparing a mix in advance and able to make two dishes.
So dont pay more for ready mixes, instead make your own and save time and money.

To Make Rava Dosa

To make rava dosa, measure out required qty of  the mix and add other ingredients for the rava dosa..

1/2 cup rice flour
1/4 cup of the sooji mix .
as tempering is already added to the mix , you can skip that and just add remaining flours.
½ cup all purpose flour/maida or wheat flour
1 tbsp whole pepper corns
1 tsp jeers/cumin seeds
Salt to taste
Pinch of asafoetida
2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
Water enough to make a thin batter
Chopped onions
Finely cut green chillies.
For procedure etc, check the link above.


    • says

      thanks for visiting and pointing out my error, will edit , yes only one dal..chana dal, as we are used to adding split udad dal too as a part of seasoning , I used the word dals , causing doubts..hope all clear.

  1. says

    Ms.Radha Natarajan, Your blog is of great use to novice like me. May I request you to post a Biryani Paste (without Rice)/ Ready Mix Biryani (Including Rice).I have cooked with Biryani Paste (Brand I dont remember right now. But its a local company-Coimbatore). The taste is acceptable. Its the paste/gravy that we end up before adding rice and water while making Biryani in traditional manner.
    The second one have(including Rice, ready mix) I have not used but seen super markets. Try yourself and post only that tastes great. The paste/ready mix is of great help when we come home tired and need quick dinner. Please help.

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