Having dogs is an active service that never stops until the last day. It involves finding the right foods and treats and determining human foods that should be safe for dogs to have while ensuring they get the best health care and exercise (brain and body) possible.
Semolina, or rava, is a commonly eaten food across many regions of Asia but may not be so popular in the West. It is used in making lots of products we consume like pasta, couscous, and so forth, but is rava or its derivatives safe for dogs? In this article, we have provided all the information you need to know.
What is Rava?
Rava, also known as semolina, semolina rawa, or semolina flour, is derived from husked wheat, which is well-cleaned, tempered, and processed with a series of rollers that separate the germ and bran from the endosperm, which is then ground into the semolina flour we use.
It is a common part of Mediterranean and Indian cuisines and is often used to make pasta, upma, and halva. Rava is versatile and can be used for lots of dishes. It has a unique texture and flavor that you can’t find with other kinds of flour.
Rava is high in gluten and protein, which contribute to the nutty flavor and chewy texture of Rava-finished products. It is also rich in fiber and contains other minerals like magnesium, iron, and phosphorus.
Can Dogs eat rava?
Rava or semolina flour and its derivatives, such as pudding, pasta, upma, and halva, are safe for dogs to consume. While they may not have so many nutritional benefits since the bran and germ of the durum wheat are usually discarded, dogs can still have them as part of a balanced diet.
Foods that don’t supply your dogs with the necessary nutritional benefits should be limited as much as possible, but that doesn’t mean your dog can’t have them. The only time rava is bad for dogs is when it is in dough form, as it could cause bloating and other gastrointestinal issues.
Rava has constantly featured in the treats and snacks I have made for my pooch; they work just as well and aid in achieving chewy textures. Most of our commercial dog’s food even makes use of cornflour and semolina as fillers.
Is gluten in rava safe for dogs to eat?
While lots of us humans are gravitating away from gluten for numerous reasons, it doesn’t mean gluten is bad. Gluten is only bad for humans or dogs with gluten sensitivity of any form; besides that, the gluten in rava is of no harm to dogs, and dogs can safely have some.
Can dogs eat rava idli?
Rava idli is a popular South Indian breakfast item. These steamed cakes are made with either rice flour, Bombay flour, or semolina flour, yogurt, veggies, spices, and leavening agents, which are all safe for dogs in very small amounts. Giving your dog so much rava idli will cause an upset stomach.
Better yet, you could make a dog-safe version by eliminating the spices and including some great spices like turmeric, which has lots of anti-inflammatory properties, and you can blend and add some proteins as well.
Can dogs eat rava dosa?
Dosa is an Indian word for crepe. This rava dosa, or semolina crepe, is derived from rice flour, semolina, herbs, and spices like green chilies, ginger, and cumin seeds before being cooked on a hot griddle with lots of ghee, resulting in a lacy crepe that is not safe as a staple dog treat. The ginger and ghee chilies may just be too much, but dogs can have one rava dosa.
Can dogs eat Upma?
Upma is derived from lightly roasting semolina until they are dry before the semolina is removed from the heat and combined thoroughly with onion, lentils, and ginger, which have been sauteed in ghee or oil, before being placed back on heat. Unfortunately, upma is not a safe treat to offer dogs because of its onion content, which could cause anemia.
How much rava is too much?
The amount of rava that could be too much for your dog is dependent on lots of factors, such as the size and age of your dog. Also, it depends on the kind of food: dosa, idli, pasta, or pudding.
On average, your dog can have one to three tablespoons of rava pudding, one rava dosa, 1/2 to one rava idli, and a plate full of rava pasta.
My dog ate rava, What will happen?
If your dog ate rava or its derivatives moderately, they would not have any problems, but consuming a significant amount of rava over time can lead to weight gain and stomach upsets from the numerous spices used in making most rava derivatives.
Can dogs eat semolina? Final Thoughts
Dogs can eat semolina or rava safely without any problems. Just like you could mix in corn flour, rice flour, or almond flour in dog treats, you can also add semolina or rava flour to your homemade dog treats, or you could offer your dog some pasta made with semolina occasionally.