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Masala Idli – How to make Masala Idli from leftover idlis

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10-12 Steamed Idlis
1 tbsp Oil
1 big Onion
1 big Carrot
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Turmeric powder
2 tsp Coriander powder
1 tsp Red chili powder
Handful of Finely chopped coriander
1 tsp Lemon juice
Salt as per taste

Masala Idli – How to make Masala Idli from leftover idlis

How to make Masala Idli / Recipe of Masala Idli

  • 10 minutes
  • Serves 3
  • Easy


This Masala Idli recipe is simple, addictive and such a breeze to prepare. This Recipe makes a fancy makeover for our simple and staple Idlis. It hardly takes 10 minutes to cook this recipe from leftover idlis of the previous day. This is a very versatile recipe and you can use as may vegetables you want to.

In this recipe I have used onions and carrots, but some of the options that can be used are capsicum, tomatoes, cauliflower etc. The choice is totally yours and you can get very creative with this.

This Masala Idli recipe is very much liked by the kids and next time when you are looking for something delicious to serve a post-schoolol snack, you know what to feed them, right?

Masala Idli

If you have leftover idlis from the previous day sitting in your refrigerator, then this is the most apt recipe. This Masala Idli recipe comes so handy when I am tired and not in a great mood to cook something elaborate.

This Masala Idli recipe is a very healthy snack that can be served for your breakfast or also as a high tea snack and since it is not deep fried, it makes for a very healthy option. It is very light and easy to digest. Serve this with a hot cup of tea or coffee along with some Coriander chutney and some munchies along.

You can try my other appetizer recipes here:

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Aloo Tikki

Stuffed Mirchi Pakoras

Khasta Matar Kachori

Pudina Aloo


How to make Masala Idli



I am using leftover idlis for this recipe.

Make small chunks of idlis and keep it aside.


Peel Carrot and Onion and chop them finely into small chunks.


Heat oil in a pan and once its hot add mustard seeds in it.

Once mustard seeds start to crackle add finely chopped onion and carrot to it.


Saute it for 4-5 minutes until onion and carrot are cooked properly and tender.

Now add turmeric powder, coriander powder and red chili powder in it.

Give it a nice stir and sprinkle salt as per the taste.


Finally, add idli chunks to it and mix it well so that all the spices and veggies coat properly.

Cook it for 2-3 minutes stirring in between so that the idlis doesn't stick at the bottom of the pan.


Switch off the flame and add lemon juice and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve it hot.

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