masala idli recipe, how to make masala idli recipe with leftover idlis

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masala idli recipe - quick snack recipe made with leftover idlis.
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masala idli recipe

sharing an easy and tasty recipe of a snack that is made with idlis. you can use regular idlis or mini idlis to make this snack. apart from this snack, with leftover idlis, i make idli fry, idli upma, idli chaat, chilli idli and idli manchurian recipe.

i have used idlis which had been refrigerated for a day. you can also use fresh idlis. this is a spicy recipe. you can decrease red chilli powder and pav bhaji masala powder for a lesser spicy taste.

a lot of flavor in this recipe comes from pav bhaji masala. so use pav bhaji masala that is good. the recipe can also be doubled.

serve masala idli hot. while serving you can sprinkle lemon juice if you want.

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masala idli recipe
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masala idli recipe

masala idli recipe - quick snack recipe made with leftover idlis.
course snacks
cuisine north indian
prep time 5 minutes
cook time 10 minutes
total time 15 minutes
servings 1 to 2
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 5 to 6 regular medium sized idlis
  • 1 medium onion or ⅓ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 medium to large tomato or ½ cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon ginger garlic paste or ½ inch ginger (adrak) + 3 to 4 garlic (lahsun), crushed to a paste in mortar-pestle
  • 1 pinch turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • ½ teaspoon pav bhaji masala
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ¼ cup water (optional)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)

how to make recipe

preparation for masala idli recipe:

  1. chop the idlis and keep aside. make bite sized pieces and do not chop finely.
  2. finely chop 1 medium sized onion and 1 medium to large sized tomato. keep aside.

  3. also chop 1 green chillii. keep aside.

  4. also crush ½ inch ginger (adrak) + 3 to 4 garlic (lahsun) to a paste in mortar-pestle. keep aside.

making masala idli recipe:

  1. heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan. add 1/4 teaspoon cumin and let them crackle.
  2. then add 1/2 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste. saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.
  3. then add 1/3 cup finely chopped onion.
  4. stir well and saute till the onions turn translucent or a light brown.
  5. now add 1/2 cup finely chopped tomatoes.
  6. mix well and then add 1 green chili, chopped.
  7. saute till the tomatoes soften.
  8. then add a pinch of turmeric powder, 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon pav bhaji masala. also add salt as per taste.
  9. mix the spices very well with the onion-tomato mixture.
  10. add 1/4 cup water. use idlis which have been refrigerated. if using fresh idlis then don't add any water. you can even skip adding water if you want.
  11. mix well and simmer the gravy on a low to medium flame.
  12. simmer till the gravy thickens. this takes about 2 minutes on a low flame.
  13. then add the chopped idlis.
  14. mix the idlis very well. the idlis will absorb the gravy and become moist and soft.
  15. switch off the flame and lastly add chopped coriander leaves. mix well.
  16. serve masala idli hot. you can sprinkle lemon juice if you want.

how to make masala idli recipe:

1. chop the idlis and keep aside. make bite sized pieces and do not chop finely.

idli for masala idli recipe

2. heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan. add ¼ teaspoon cumin and let them crackle.

cumin for masala idli recipe

3. then add ½ teaspoon ginger garlic paste. saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.

paste for masala idli recipe

4. then add ⅓ cup finely chopped onion.

onions for masala idli recipe

5. stir well and saute till the onions turn translucent or a light brown.

onions for masala idli recipe

6. now add ½ cup finely chopped tomatoes.

tomatoes for masala idli recipe

7. mix well.

tomatoes for masala idli recipe

8.  then add 1 green chili, chopped.

tomatoes for masala idli recipe

9. saute till the tomatoes soften.

tomatoes for masala idli recipe

10. then add a pinch of turmeric powder, ¼ teaspoon red chili powder and ½ teaspoon pav bhaji masala. also add salt as per taste.

tomatoes for masala idli recipe

11. mix the spices very well with the onion-tomato mixture.

making masala idli recipe

12. add ¼ cup water. use idlis which have been refrigerated for some hours or overnight. if using fresh idlis then don’t add any water. you can even skip adding water if you want.

making masala idli recipe

13. mix well and simmer the gravy on a low to medium flame.

making masala idli recipe

14. simmer till the gravy thickens. this takes about 2 minutes on a low flame.

making masala idli recipe

15. then add the chopped idlis.

making masala idli recipe

16. mix the idlis very well. the idlis will absorb the gravy and become moist and soft.

making masala idli recipe

17. switch off the flame and lastly add chopped coriander leaves. mix well.

making masala idli recipe

18. serve masala idli hot. you can sprinkle lemon juice if you want.

masala idli recipe

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Thank you for this idea on how to make idli snack… gr8!

    • Welcome Jeet

  2. Wow, this is amazing, din’t knew can do such a thing…thanks a lot

    • welcome sheetal

  3. Hello
    Thanks for this simple tempting recipe…
    Could you please answer my query…
    Can i substitute pav bhaji powder with chaat masala and garam masala…?

    • Welcome Priya. Yes you can substitute pav bhaji powder with chaat masala and garam masala.

  4. I have used mustard seeds and sambar masala powder,tastes good

    • Thanks Soumi for sharing your feedback.

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