Mildly spiced, slightly tangy, soft and spongy idli with the flavors of tomatoes, lemon juice; the crunch of mustard seeds, onions and the bite of coriander leaves and curry leaves, making a simple yet such a delicious preparation, is masala idli. It is such a perfect breakfast recipe as it is hurried and effortless to make and can be packed for kids’ tiffin too. The recipe can be customized in a number of ways. You can work this recipe with any leftover idlis, sooji idli or dal rice idli or mini idli, etc. Or you can make a fresh batch of idli and make this recipe, it is worth it.
Vegetables: Very basic vegetables i.e. onions, tomatoes, and coriander leaves have been added. Onions should be finely chopped; tomato should be pureed and coriander leaves too should be finely chopped. All this will ensure that the masala gets coated on the idlis properly. You can further add in garlic, ginger, green chilies as per your choice. I have kept it simple. However, I added some zing with a little lemon juice.
Spice: Again, very basic spices have been used to pep up the masala idli. However, you can add in pav bhaji masala, sambar masala or podi for some extra flavors.
There are many manageable yet palatable breakfast recipes on the blog. The ones commonly prepared and relished in the Indian households have been clubbed under one collection. Indian breakfast recipes, this can be viewed here. However, few recipes which can be prepared using leftover idli are idli pakora, vegetable idli, etc.
The best part about this dish is that it does not need any accompaniments. Just pack these for kids tiffin or serve for breakfast with a cup of tea.
1.This recipe serves 2-3 persons.
2.Heat 1 tbsp oil and add 1 tsp mustard seeds (raie) along with a handful of curry leaves. Let this crackle.
3.Add 1 finely chopped onion and cook till it is translucent.
4.Next goes in 1 pureed tomato. Cook till the oil oozes.
5.Spice it up with salt to taste, ½ tsp coriander powder, ¼ tsp red chili powder and a big pinch of garam masala powder. Cook for a minute. Keep a check as idli already has salt.
6.Next goes in ¼ cup of water. Let it simmer well.
7.Add in chopped idlis.
8.Coat them well with the masala. Let them cook for 4-5 minutes.
9.Add in juice of half a lemon.
10.Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
11.Serve hot or warm. Bon appétit!
PREP TIME 10 minutes
COOK TIME 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME 20 minutes
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