Masala Idli’s | Quick Fix Breakfast Recipe

by anamika on November 29, 2012

in Breakfast, Just snacks, Quick Fix

Masala Idli recipe | quick fix recipes | breakfast recipe

Masala Idli’s | Quick Fix Recipes

The other day I was craving to have something nice spicy but quick and┬áthen I prepared these quick breakfast/ snacks dish. This is one of the most easy recipes I have come across. All you need is few handy kitchen ingredients┬áalong with the left over idli’s┬áor the idli┬ábatter. This time when I made these, I had no leftover Idli’s for self so first I made fresh Idli’s and then allowed them to cool for a while and in the mean while I prepared the masala┬áfor the idli’s :). You can serve these with some delicious chutney’s, I love having mint onion chutney┬á and coconut chutney┬áalong with these idli’s.

Masala Idli recipe | quick fix recipes | breakfast recipe

I enjoy having south Indian food and so does my daughter. In the evening the same day when I had made┬áthese for my breakfast she told me to teach her to make these masala idli’s, she doesn’t know how to cook but these days she is highly inspired by the Junior Masterchef┬áand watches it without fail almost daily.

Masala Idli recipe | quick fix recipes | breakfast recipe

So like any other┬ámom I was also too excited to┬áteach her cook this simple and quick dish ( she never enters┬ákitchen otherwise :)) . It was too much fun to be with her in the kitchen and then I was asked to move out of the kitchen and like all junior masterchef’s, she┬áalso wanted to do the plating of her dish and serve it to us :)! I was surprised by her showing interest in making something other than her all time favorite cupcakes,chocolates,ice creams & shakes.

Masala Idli recipe | quick fix recipes | breakfast recipe

I made these spicy, you can adjust the spices as per your own tastes.

I really enjoyed having these for┬ábreakfast and as evening snacks the same day courtesy my daughter…so here we go with the most easy yet delicious┬áSouth Indian Masala Idli’s!

Masala IdliÔÇÖs | Quick Fix Breakfast Recipe

Masala IdliÔÇÖs | Quick Fix Breakfast Recipe


  • - Idli's - 5 - 6 ( sliced )
  • - Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • - Curry leaves - 6 - 7
  • - Cumin Seeds - 1/4 teaspoon (optional)
  • - Salt to taste
  • - Red Chilli Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • - Dry Red Chillies - 1 - 2 ( cut into halves) - optional
  • - Rasam Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • - Turmeric Powder - 1/2 Teaspoon
  • - Sambhar Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • - Green Chillies - 2 ( slit into halves)
  • - Onion - 1 large ( sliced )
  • - Oil - 2 tablespoons


  1. Take a non stick Pan or a kadai.
  2. Heat oil and add mustard seeds and cumin seeds to it and cook for few seconds till the seeds begin to flutter.
  3. Add in sliced onions and cook on medium to low flame till golden brown.
  4. Add in salt and turmeric powder and stir, now add in curry leaves, red and green chillis and other dry spices and mix well.
  5. Add in sliced Idli's and stir, sprinkle some water on top of the idlis and allow to cook for 2 -3 minutes more.
  6. Masala Spicy Idli's are ready to be served with chutneys.

Enjoy this simple and easy quick breakfast and snacks Masala Idli recipe with your loved ones :)!

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

suhani November 29, 2012 at 11:38 PM

hi anamika..u wont believe..we had idli sambar for dinner today..nd i have kept leftover idlis in the u hv solved my problem of breakfast..


madcookingfusions November 30, 2012 at 7:15 AM

Hi Suhani..Ya do make these and adjust spicies as per your tastes and you will really like it! Hope to hear from you on this :)


Shema George November 30, 2012 at 12:03 AM

Masala idly is a really good way to use over left over idly’s …These look very tasty :)


madcookingfusions November 30, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Yeah agree Shema and thank you :)


Kanan November 30, 2012 at 1:13 AM

This looks fantastic. I usually made masala idli the other day from leftovers. I had recipe with onion-tomato masala including pav bhaji masala. I will try you version with sambhar powder next time.


madcookingfusions November 30, 2012 at 7:17 AM

I also make them with leftover idlis but had craving to have them so specially made idli’s first to have masala idlis :), I will add tomatoes and pav bhaji masala next time I make these :)


Sapna November 30, 2012 at 7:39 AM

Ah! I love masala idli. Will try your version next time :)


madcookingfusions November 30, 2012 at 7:55 AM

Hey thank you Sapna, even I love these..sure do try and let me know how you liked these :)!


Kankana November 30, 2012 at 10:49 AM

I ate something similar in a near by restaurant long back. It was called something else but was so yum! I have to try this some weekend.


madcookingfusions December 1, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Thank Kankana :)! Must be a different name for this but as far as I know it’s a regular in all south indian homes, I added rasam powder and sambhar powder to mine so named it Masala Idli :)!


Your Cookery Book November 30, 2012 at 3:18 PM

It has been ages, I had idlis (probably 4 years). I haven’t got idli pressure cooker, I have to look online to buy it or buy on next visit to india. I am wondering my muffin baking tray might work.

I haven’t had my breakfast yet, this is making me starving. I love to have it now. Thanks for the masala idli recipe Anamika


madcookingfusions December 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Thank you YCB :)! Dont wait for your visit to India and then buy, check online a pick one up or some Indian Store might have it :)! Do lemme know if muffin baking tray worked for this!


suhani December 3, 2012 at 2:20 PM

hey anamika i tried the idli few days back and they are just hubby liked it very much and has asked to make it often..


madcookingfusions December 4, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Thank you for trying it out and sharing the feedback Suhani :)


Rekha December 3, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Love these idlies anytime , always end up making some extra just for masala idlies !


madcookingfusions December 4, 2012 at 9:11 AM

same here Rekha, me too and I find these too comforting and hasslefree option.


Tadka Pasta December 14, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Spicy works perfectly for us. Those made-over idlis look super delish. We may have to steam a bunch just to make this :D


madcookingfusions December 14, 2012 at 3:55 PM

thank you :)! Same here certain days I also really feel to have something quick and spicy :)


Marathi Recipes September 18, 2013 at 5:18 PM

nice recipes, I like it…


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