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Masala Idli

4 from 3 votes

Masala idli is a quick South Indian snack recipe made with idlis, onions, tomatoes and mixed with spices. It makes up for a great meal for lunch box too. Masala idli is not only a healthy and delicious breakfast dish, but also a good twist to the regular plain idli. There are variety of recipes that can be made with idlis like idli upma, kaima idli, idli manchurian and so on. Masala idli is one such recipe that can be tried easily at home with fresh as well as leftover idlis.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Recipe CategoryVegetarian
Served AsBreakfast, Snacks
CuisineSouth Indian
Servings 2


  • Idlis – 4 medium sized
  • Onion – 1 chopped finely
  • Tomatoes – 2 chopped finely
  • Green chillies – 2 chopped finely
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Red chilli powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Garam masala – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Tomato ketchup – 1 tablespoon optional
  • Oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Mustard seeds rai – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin seeds jeera – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt
  • Curry leaves – 10
  • Chopped coriander leaves for garnishing


  • Chop the idlis into equal sized pieces and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan on medium flame. Add the mustard seeds and allow them to splutter. Once it stops spluttering, add cumin seeds and stir fry till they turn light brown in colour. Add chopped onions and saute till they become translucent.
  • Then add ginger-garlic paste and curry leaves. Saute till the raw smell of the ginger-garlic goes away.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook till they become soft. Then add red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala and salt, Mix well.
  • Sprinkle little water and mix the spices well with the mixture. Then add chopped idlis and mix very well. Add tomato ketchup and mix again.
  • Once the mixture is well absorbed by the idlis and become moist and soft, switch off the flame. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.
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You can also use mini idlis instead of regular idlis.  In that case, you need not chop them.
You can add pav bhaji masala instead of garam masala.  It gives a different and good flavour to the idlis.

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