Nooka Idlis

Nooka idlis as the name suggests is an idli made with rice nooka. It is not only simple but very tasty. The coarse texture gives a different taste from the usual idlis that is made with smooth paste. You can make this with homemade biyyam nooka or store bought rice rava or cream of rice.

Do check my other idli recipes such as Instant Rava Idli, Instant Oats Idli, Billa Kudumulu for more options. Now to this authentic recipe ☺!!

Yields: Around 30 idlis


Nooka or rice rava: 2 cups
Urad Dal: 1 cup
Salt: as required


Rinse Urad dal and soak in water at least for 3 hours.

Rinse the rice rava (a) nooka couple of times if you are using store bought one and soak in water for 3 hours.


In a mixie grind urad dal to a smooth paste adding little water.

Transfer the ground urad dal to a large bowl or container.

If you have a hand mixer just beat it for few minutes to incorporate air. You can also use a whisk to achieve this. Skip this step if you are using a wet grinder to grind the urad dal.

Now, drain the excess water from the soaked rice rava or nooka and squeeze and add that to the urad dal batter.

Add required salt and required water and bring to the idli batter consistency.

Ferment the batter.

Next day, mix the batter gently (don’t over mix), grease the idli moulds and pour the batter and steam the idlis.

Quick Peek:

Nooka Idli Collage

Serve the nooka idlis hot with your choice of chutney and Sambar. Enjoy!!

Do check my vegetable sambar, kadala curry, tomato chutney for more options ☺!!


  • You can also soak fenugreek and grind along with the urad dal.
  • If you are grinding in wet grinder, you can add 3 cups of nooka for 1 cup of urad dal.

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