Masala Idli

Masala Idli is a delicious snack that is used mostly with leftover Idlis.
Course Snacks
Cuisine South Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 221 kcal
Author Anju Bhagnari


  • 6 Ready Idlis
  • 12 Mini Idlis
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 small Tomato
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Pav Bhaji Masala
  • 1/4 tsp Haldi Powder
  • 1 tsp Urad Dal
  • 10 Fresh Curry Leaves
  • 1 Green Chilli
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
  • Fresh Green Coriander Leaves to garnish
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Oil


  1. Use ready idlis that must have been made 3 to 4 hours before.
  2. If using freshly made, keep the idlis in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  3. Chop idlis into 2-inch pieces If using mini idlis, leave them whole only.

  4. Cut the green chilli into small pieces and chop the onion finely. Cut the tomatoes into small cubes.

  5. Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Keep the flame low and add in the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and urad dal.
  6. Let them cook till they splutter then add the curry leaves and green chilli. Now add the chopped onion.

  7. Sauté until soft then add the tomatoes and ginger-garlic paste.
  8. Again saute till the mixture turns soft then add in the salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and pav bhaji masala

  9. Put the water and let everything cook until soft. Now, we can add the Idli pieces.
  10. Toss gently in such a way that they get well coated with the masala.

  11. Garnish with finely chopped green coriander leaves.

  12. Serve hot.