Stuffed Idli Recipe – Stuffed idlis are soft idlis with a delicious potato stuffing. Potato stuffing has crunchy split chickpeas and mustard seeds, flavoured with curry leaves, basically idlis stuffed with the potato stuffing used in masala dosa.
Recipe of Stuffed idli is a combination of masala dosa and idli. It is a great way to finish off the left over 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.
Stuffed Idli Recipe
Course Breakfast, Snacks
Cuisine South Indian
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Serving 4 persons
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.
- 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:
INSTANT RAVA 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.