Masala Idli

July 10, 2016 Motions and Emotions 12 Comments

 In our childhood we never had idli.... I first tried idli when I came down to Chennai for my studies. Now I prepare them at my home kitchen. It is a very healthy food indeed. Even our daughter loves idli. I don't give her chutney instead I make smiley on idli using ketchup. She enjoys it totally. Like elders, kids also prefer to eat those foods which are well presented according to their choice..

Sometimes I do not prepare any chutney or sambar for idli. I prepare Masala idli which can be eaten just like that. Have you ever tried it? If not you should get your hands on masala idli soon. Even if you have leftover idlis, this is an easy way to give a makeover to the leftover idlis.

Masala Idli 


Fresh Idlis/ Leftover Idlis - 8
Onion - 1 medium, chopped
Spring Onion - 2 to 3 stalks, chopped
Capsicum - 1 big, Dice
Green Chilli - chopped, 2 to 3
Tomato - 1 medium, chopped
Coriander Leaves - chopped, 2 tablespoon
Curry Leaves - 5 to 6
Mustard Seeds - 1 teaspoon
Turmeric Powder - 1 teaspoon
Chaat Masala - 1 teaspoon
Ginger Paste - 1 teaspoon
Refined Oil - 2 to 3 tablespoon


1. Take the idlis and make four pieces from each idli. Keep them aside.
2. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and curry leaves. Allow them to spatter.
3. Next add chopped onion and fry till translucent. Add chopped capsicum, chilli and spring onion.
4. After some time add ginger paste, turmeric powder, chaat masala and salt. Saute them and add chopped tomatoes.
5. Cook until the tomatoes are soft.  Finally add idli pieces and mix well with all the spices.
6. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.


  1. best solution to use left over idlis..makes a great lunch box option too

  2. I agree. Best way to use left over idlis. Love it. Yummy :)

  3. Masala idli looks delicious love it.

  4. Lovely breakfast idea and we can make it with left over idlis.

  5. I too have a bunch of people who totally love idli... this is a very nice snack for chai time...

  6. Masala idli looks yummy.. a great way to use the leftover idlis..

  7. Superb. I like how the leftovers were used for this great dish.

  8. Give me a hi five. I love using Idlis this way.

  9. Masala idli looks so delicious and flavorful. Best way to use leftover ones!


  10. Grew up eating Idli. Anything with idli love it. Between r u in chennai currently?


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