Barley Rava Idli Recipe

Delicious rava idli made even more healthier with the addition of barley, this Barley Rava Idli Recipe is a must try recipe in your kitchens and a great way to sneak in barley in your family's diet.

Preeti Tamilarasan
Barley Rava Idli Recipe
4875 ratings.

Barley Rava Idli is a healthy breakfast/dinner recipe which doesn’t require any fermentation.

Barley paste is added to the regular rava idli to make it a completely healthy idli recipe

Did you know: Barley is high in fiber and helps control blood sugar level and hence a great choice for diabetics to add it to their diet. 

To make this Idli more colourful, you can add finely chopped veggies like carrot, beans, beetroot to the idli batter. It not only changes the looks of Idli, but also makes it more nutritious.

Serve this Barley Rava Idli along with Horsegram Sesame Chutney Recipe and Murungakkai Vendhaya Keerai Sambar Recipe for a completely healthy breakfast, which can also be served to diabetics. 

If you like this, you can also try our other idli recipes:

  1. Ragi Idli
  2. Horsegram Idli Recipe 
  3. Godhumai Idli Recipe


Course: South Indian Breakfast
Diet: Diabetic Friendly
Prep in

380 M

Cooks in

20 M

Total in

400 M


4 Servings


  • 1/2 cup Sooji (Semolina/ Rava)
  • 1/2 cup Barley (seeds)
  • 1/2 cup Curd (Dahi / Yogurt) , whisked
  • 1 teaspoon Enos Fruit Salt
  • 1 Green Chilli , finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Water , or more if needed
  • Salt , to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1 teaspoon White Urad Dal (Split)
  • 1 teaspoon Chana dal (Bengal Gram Dal)
  • 1 teaspoon Oil

How to make Barley Rava Idli Recipe

  1. To begin making Barley Rava Idli recipe, washa n soak barley in water, overnight.

  2. Next day, drain the water completely and grind barley to a smooth paste adding a little water. Once it is done, transfer it to a bowl and set aside. 

  3. Heat  oil in a tadka pan on medium flame and add mustard seeds, urad dal and chana dal. Allow them to turn into a nice golden brown in colour, this will take 2-3 minutes 

  4. Next, add the chopped chili and sauté it for 30 seconds.

  5. At this stage, add the semolina in the same pan and roast it for 3-4 minutes. 

  6. Turn  off the flame and allow it cool. 

  7. In a mixing bowl, combine the semolina mixture, barley paste and curd and give it a good mix. 

  8. Add 1/4 cup of water, salt and enos fruit salt, mixing it well and adjust the consistency of the Barley Rava Idli batter, to a thick dropping consistency.

  9. To steam the idlis, fill idli steamer with required level of water and preheat it.

  10. Grease idli plates with a little oil, and drop ladle full of Barley Rava Idli batter into each of the cavities. 

  11. Place the idli plates in the steamer, cover and steam for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, insert a toothpick, if it comes out clean, remove the idli plate and demould the idlis. If not continue to steam for a few more minutes. 

  12. Serve this Barley Rava Idli Recipe along with Horsegram Sesame Chutney Recipe and Murungakkai Vendhaya Keerai Sambar Recipe for a completely healthy breakfast, which can also be served to diabetics.