Spicy Tava Idli- Left Over Idli Recipe

Masala Idly Recipe

I had made Idly for breakfast today and have left over idlis. Being lazy to cook dinner I thought of making Idli Upma, but was lazy for doing that. I want something different. There are many recipes to utilize left over Idlis . I don’t want to fry them , don’t want oily food for now. I started hunting online and found spicy Tava Idli recipe on Tarladalal site

Masala Idly Recipe

Masala Idly Recipe

I started chopping onions, green chillies , ginger and garlic, then I found out I don’t have tomatoes or Ketchup ;(
But I have Salsa in my refrigerator. Bingo I have replaced Salsa for tomatoes. Being creative 😉

Spicy Tava Idli came out just perfect. It is tangy and spicy. Just the way I like. Yummy!

Take a pan and add oil when the pan is hot. Add mustard seeds.


When mustard seeds crackle add tadka ingredients. Add urad dal,chana dal ,cumin seeds and curry leaves.


Now add chopped onions,green chillies, ginger garlic paste and saute.


Add chopped tomatoes,turmeric powder, pav bhaji powder and salt. Saute till tomatoes are mushy.


Now add chopped idlis.


Saute till idlis are completely coated with tomato onion mixture.


Sprinkle lemon juice and serve hot.


Check this post for how to make idli recipe.


Spicy Tava Idli - Left Over Idli Recipe

Make tasty snack or breakfast from left over Idlis.
Course Appetizer, Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1
Author Sravanthi


  • Idlies 4
  • Onion 1
  • Green Chillies 2
  • Tomato 1 ( You can substitute Tomato ketchup or Tomato Puree or Salsa)
  • Ginger Garlic Paste 1 Tbsp
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Masala Powder/ Pav Baji Masala 1 tsp
  • Curry Leaves few
  • Coriander Leaves
  • Lemon Juice


  1. Cut Idlies into pieces.
  2. Chop Onions,Green chillies and Tomatoes.
  3. Take a pan and add oil when pan is hot.
  4. Add mustard seeds and when they crackle add urad dal and chana dal.
  5. Cook on low flame till dal's turn golden color.
  6. Add curry leaves,chopped onion,green chillies and fry till onions turn transparent.
  7. Add chopped tomatoes. Cook till tomatoes turn mushy.
  8. Now add chopped Idly's. Slightly fry them for 4-5 minutes and coat idlies with onion tomato mixture.
  9. Add chopped coriander leaves.
  10. Serve hot . Add Lemon juice for tangy flavor.
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