Continuing with the theme of dressing up the leftovers for  Blogging Marathon - Edition 9, I have forever been thinking of reusing Idlis to make this Chilli Idli. But the adults at home are so fond of their idlis, that they refuse to let go of them. Now can't blame us, Can you? But there came a day when there were in fact some idlis leftover from breakfast. Now was the opportunity to trick my older one into eating idlis. 

When I made this for an after school snack, she gladly had seconds. Later at night, when I told her that I had tricked her into eating idlis, she refused to believe me. That in itself is a huge compliment for me :)

 Check out what my fellow marathoners have chosen for this marathon.

Chilli Idli

Ingredients -

Idli 4 nos (chopped into bite size pieces)
Onion sliced 1 cup
Tomato diced 1/2 cup
Jeera powder 1 tsp
Chilli powder 1/4 tsp (or as per taste)
Salt as per taste
Soy sauce 1 tsp (or as per taste)
Seasoning (oil 2 tsp, jeera 1 tsp, peanuts handful)
Lemon Juice a dash if preferred

Chilli Idli

Method Of Preparation -

In a skillet, heat oil and add jeera and peanuts and roast them until brown.

Saute the sliced onions and add the diced tomato. After the tomato becomes a little mushy, add the chopped idli.

Drizzle in the soy sauce, add jeera(cumin) powder, chilli powder and salt.
Feel free to add any other masala powders of your preference.

Give a gentle mix to the mixture and switch off the stove. Squeeze in some lemon juice to taste!
Serve hot and watch the 'Idlis' disappear!!

This makes its entry into Srivalli's 'Kid's Delight - Dressing up leftovers' guest hosted by me.

Preparation Time 10 min 
Serves 2


  1. Cookwell Says:
  2. wow really tempting. Very nice clicks..:)

  3. Unknown Says:
  4. this is the best one yet! the chilli idli!

  5. Yummy looking and colorful chili idlis. Wonderfully prepared dear.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  6. Suma Gandlur Says:
  7. Nice one though I would have hard time convincing my daughter.:)

  8. veena Says:
  9. your clicks are tempting me Harini....looks great!!!!

  10. Mélange Says:
  11. This is an all time success I bet dear.I have seen that with my daughter.We do it in a different style.I loved your version.Tempting wrapped with masala.Slurp !

  12. Sushma Says:
  13. nice twist to the regular idlis.

  14. My all time favourite...

  15. Rekha shoban Says:
  16. yummy idly...surely kids will like it!

  17. Kavi Says:
  18. Love the red color! Slurp! I love idli in any form! except the fried one. This is great recipe!
    Kavi | Edible Entertainment

  19. Priya Suresh Says:
  20. I do quite often like this, its always a big hit here, tempting chilly idli..

  21. delicious hot idlis

  22. Looks so very delicious, is it the weather up there that make the masala coat the idlis so well?

  23. Unknown Says:
  24. Yummy dish with leftovers.

  25. Kiran Says:
  26. Chilli idli looks so crisp and delicious.Will try it soon.Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  27. Very Tempting!

  28. Julie Says:
  29. Very tempting and lovely chilli dosa...Yummy!!

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