Masala Idli Recipe (Using leftover idlis)

Masala idli recipe – QUICK and EASY recipe using leftover idlis. The tasty masala is made from onion, capsicum and tomatoes with flavor of pav bhaji masala. This masala is coated to the idli pieces. The PERFECT way to use leftover refrigerated idlis.

Masala Idli Recipe (Using leftover idlis), How to Make Masala Idli Recipe

Whenever we make idli, it is sure that we will have some leftover. This is true in my case. I make many other recipes using leftover idlis but for sure this one is our favorite.

The method for making masala idli and taste are almost similar to the tawa pulao.

It has slightly spicy taste with flavor of pav bhaji because pav bhaji masala powder is added. I got this idea from Tarla Dalal’s recipe about 5 years ago. Since then I am making this as a snack.

NOTE: This recipe was published on 25th April 2012, Now it is updated with new photos.

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1) First cut the each idli into 9 pieces and keep it aside. Also prep rest ingredients.

2) Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add chopped onion and capsicum. Sprinkle salt over it to speed up the cooking process.
Masala Idli Recipe (Using leftover idlis), How to Make Masala Idli Recipe

3) Mix well and let it cook. Do stir in between.

4) Let them cook till onion becomes soft and light pink in color.
Masala Idli Recipe (Using leftover idlis), How to Make Masala Idli Recipe

5) Now add green chili and garlic paste.

6) Mix and saute for 30 seconds or till the raw smell of garlic goes away.
Masala Idli Recipe (Using leftover idlis), How to Make Masala Idli Recipe

7) Add tomatoes.

8) Mix well and continue cooking.
Masala Idli Recipe (Using leftover idlis), How to Make Masala Idli Recipe

9) As it gets cooked, it will be soft. That time mash them using spatula and make it pulpy.

10) Add 2 tablespoons of water and mix.
Masala Idli Recipe (Using leftover idlis), How to Make Masala Idli Recipe

11) Add remaining salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder and pav bhaji masala.

12) Mix well and cook for a minute.
Masala Idli Recipe (Using leftover idlis), How to Make Masala Idli Recipe

13) Now add chopped idlis.

14) Mix properly so the masala is coated to each and every pieces.
Masala Idli Recipe (Using leftover idlis), How to Make Masala Idli Recipe

15) Lastly squeeze the lemon juice and add chopped coriander leaves.

16) Stir well and serve.
Masala Idli Recipe (Using leftover idlis), How to Make Masala Idli Recipe

Serving suggestion: Enjoy this masala idli as a snack or breakfast.

Masala Idli Recipe (Using leftover idlis), How to Make Masala Idli Recipe

Masala Idli Recipe (Using leftover idlis), How to Make Masala Idli Recipe
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Masala Idli Recipe (Using leftover idlis)

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)

Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 2 servings
Author Kanan

Ingredients (1 cup = 240 ml)

  • 6 no. Idli regular medium sized
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • ½ cup Onion finely chopped
  • ½ cup Capsicum (Green bell pepper)
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic paste or freshly grated
  • 1 Green chili finely chopped or paste
  • ¾ cup Tomato finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon Red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon Pav bhaji masala
  • 2 tablespoons Water
  • ½ teaspoon Lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Cilantro or coriander leaves chopped finely

Instructions

  1. First cut the each idli into 9 pieces and keep it aside. Also prep rest ingredients.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add chopped onion and capsicum. Sprinkle salt over it to speed up the cooking process.
  3. Mix and let them cook till onion becomes soft and light pink in color.
  4. Now add green chili and garlic paste. Mix and saute for 30 seconds or till the raw smell of garlic goes away.
  5. Add tomatoes. MIx well and continue cooking.
  6. As it gets cooked, it will be soft. That time mash them using spatula and make it pulpy.
  7. Add 2 tablespoons of water and mix.
  8. Add remaining salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder and pav bhaji masala. Mix well and cook for a minute.
  9. Now add chopped idlis. Mix properly so the masala is coated to each and every pieces.
  10. Lastly squeeze the lemon juice and add chopped coriander leaves.
  11. Stir well and serve.

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