Masala Idli

Masala Idli - Plattershare - Recipes, food stories and food lovers
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.
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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Served As: Breakfast, Snacks
Recipe Cuisine Type: South Indian
Recipe Taste: Salty, Sour, Spicy, Sweet, Tangy
Servings 2


  • 4 Idlis medium sized â
  • 1 Onion chopped finely â
  • 2 Tomato chopped finely â
  • 2 Green Chillies chopped finely â
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste â
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder â
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander Powder â
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala â
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Ketchup optional â
  • 2 tbsp Oil â
  • 1 / Mustard Seeds rai – teaspoon
  • 1 / Cumin Seed jeera – teaspoon
  • 1-2 tsp Salt or as per taste
  • 10 leaves Curry â
  • leaves Garnishing or coriander chopped coriander for


  • 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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Recipe Notes

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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I have thru’ my eKitchen attempted to present variety of vegetarian recipes of Karnataka and I will keep building the same for your benefit. I will also be adding more North Indian recipes. Being a pure vegetarian, I have included only vegetarian recipes.

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