So, we had our Australian client's visit today and for lunch we took him to one of the hotels nearby. He did say he doesn't each anything "much" spicy and wanted something accordingly. So, we ordered Idli-sambar to starting it "safely" instead of a conventional full meal. In many of the hotels here in Mumbai, you get an option to choose from either sweet or spicy Sambar. So, we ordered a sweet one.
But forget about Sambar or Chutney, it turned out that plain steamed idlies were way too much spicy for him. He drank almost a couple of bottles of water and cold-drink just to finish 2 plain idlies (i.e. without anything with it). Now what can I say? And after that, we wasn't ready even to taste the Sambar even after we told him it wasn't spicy at all. He must have got frightened by its colour.
And guess what he settled for lunch after that - a cake and a cold-drink bottle.
Now I wonder what would have happened if we had ordered him something that we find too spicy? I wonder what they eat in Australia.
No, it was made from urad dal. You are not likely to get rava idlies here in Mumbai unless you are in a "pure" South Indian hotel (where they have both the versions, in most of the cases).
But I am curious as to why you said that. Plain rava idlies are not at all spicy either, are they? I have been to all states in South India except AP and have had both these versions there (so I can assume they were in their "purest" form), but I don't think I found any of those spicy.