Stuffed Idli Recipe | Potato Masala Stuffed Idli | Instant Stuffed Idli

Stuffed idli recipe with step by step pictures and a quick recipe video

What is Stuffed Idli Recipe?

Stuffed Idli Recipe are soft idlis with a delicious potato stuffing. Potato stuffing has crunchy split chickpeas and mustard seeds, flavored with curry leaves, basically, idlis stuffed with the potato stuffing used in a masala dosa. Stuffed idli makes a great breakfast option and is a wonderful way to finish the leftover dosa batter or dosa masala or both. I often make stuffed idlis for my kids’ tiffin and they love it.

Let’s talk about the ingredients for stuffed idli

Stuffed idli is a combination of masala dosa and idli. It is a great way to finish off the leftover idli or dosa batter. In fact, it is worth to prepare the idli batter to make stuffed idli. It can also be prepared instantly using the recipe for instant idli.

I prepared stuffed idli for my guests and served with coconut chutney and they were so surprised because a) they were not expecting any stuffing in the idlis b) they were not expecting the dosa stuffing in idlis.


Ingredients for Stuffed Idli

  • 400 g idli batter or as required
  • 3 large potatoes, boiled and mashed properly
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp oil + oil for greasing the idli stand
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 whole dried red chilli
  • 1 tsp split chickpeas (chana dal)
  • Handful of curry leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • Handful of chopped coriander

How to Make Stuffed Idli

1. Prepare tempering for the stuffing

Heat 1 tbsp oil. Add 1 tsp mustard seeds and ½ tsp cumin seeds. Once they crackle add 1 tsp split chickpeas. Let it turn light golden then add 1 broken red chilli. Cook for 10-20 seconds, then add handful of curry leaves.


2. Cook onions

Add 1 sliced onion. Add a little salt. Cook till translucent.


3. Add boiled potatoes and spices

Add 3 boiled and mashed potatoes. Add salt to taste, 1 tsp red chilli powder and ½ tsp turmeric powder. Mix well. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Thereafter take out on a plate and let it cool down. Add handful of chopped coriander and mix. Divide into portions and make flat patties.


4. Prepare the idli stand

Grease the plates of idli stand. Add sufficient water in the stand.

Tip: Make sure when you put the idlis to steam the water in the stand is boiling.


5. Prepare idlis

Add spoonful idli batter in the mould. Place the prepared patties. Cover with more batter.


6. Steam idlis

Put the idli mould in the idli stand. Steam for 12-15 minutes or till done. Thereafter let it cool down for 2 minutes. Then demould the idlis.


7. Bon appétit

Serve stuffed idli with coconut chutney or tomato ketchup.

Stuffed Idli Recipe


  • You can omit onions and add green peas, coconut etc.
  • For a crunchy exterior, you can pan fry the stuffed idlis.
  • Stuffed idli tastes delicious with coconut or peanut chutney and is a great tiffin option for kids.

Video of how to make Stuffed Idli:


This another idli from the idli family, is very popular and flavourful. It is believed that MTR started the concept of rava idlis during World War II, due to shortage of idli rice. And it was a big hit. And it still is. Bursting with flavours, rava idli is very simple to make… here is how to make instant rava idli.


Stuffed idlis are a hit amongst the kids. Whenever my daughter takes it, she becomes a star in her class because everyone is surprised to find a stuffing in idlis. Kids tiffins are tricky. There needs to be a balance amongst nutrition, taste and kids’ choice. Keeping all these factors in mind we have prepared a collection of kids’ tiffin recipes. You may like it.

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  1. Saakshi April 11, 2018

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