Cook's Hideout: Masala Vegetable Idli (Idli with a twist)

June 18, 2014

Masala Vegetable Idli (Idli with a twist)

Blogging Marathon# 41: Week 3/ Day 1
Theme: E-N Breakfast Items
Dish: I for Idli -- Masala Idli
I picked an easy one for day 2, I for Idli. For those of you who have never heard the word idli, here's a little background info: Idli is a very traditional South Indian breakfast. It is a steamed cake made of fermented black lentils (urad dal) and rice.It is one of the most balanced breakfasts with the perfect combination of carbs and protein. Also the fermenting process adds good bacteria that aids in digestion.
Masala Vegetable Idli (Idli with a twist)
I don't make idlis often since the batter doesn't ferment well in winters and I'm too lazy and forgetful to soak the lentil and rice for the rest of the year. Well anyway I made sure I remembered to soak, grind and ferment the batter. Thanks to the lovely warm weather we have been having lately, my batter fermented nicely in about 12 hours and the idlis turned out soft and fluffy.
Masala Vegetable Idli (Idli with a twist)
Plain idlis are quite common, but today's masala idlis are a really nice variation. I saved an article on Idlis from a Telugu newspaper in 2006. One of the recipe in that article is this 'Masala Idli'. The addition of vegetables and the masala gives these idlis a nice spicy kick.
Masala Vegetable Idli (Idli with a twist)
For the Idli Batter:
Black Lentils (Urad dal) - 1cup
Idli Rawa - 2½cups
Fenugreek seeds - 1tsp
Salt - to taste

To make Masala Idlis:
Potato - 1 small, peeled & finely diced
Carrot - 1 small, peeled and finely diced
Onion - 1 small, finely chopped
Green Peas - 3tbsp
Tomato - 1 small, finely chopped
Cashews - 2tbsp, finely chopped
Green chilies - 3 (adjust as per taste)
Roasted gram (putnalu) - 1tbsp
Grated Coconut - 2tbsp (fresh or dry)
Cilantro - 3tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Urad dal - 1tsp
Curry leaves - 8~10
Salt - to taste

  • Make the Idli Batter: Soak urad dal & fenugreek seeds in a bowl and idli rawa in another bowl for at least 4 hours. Grind dal into a smooth paste. Drain and squeeze the water from the rawa and add it to the dal along with salt. Mix well and set the batter aside to ferment in a warm place for 8~12 hours.
  • Make the Veggie Mixture: Microwave potato and carrot until tender. Alternately they can be boiled or steamed also.
  • Grind the coconut, roasted gram, green chilies and cilantro into a smooth paste.
  • Heat 2tsp oil in a saute pan; add mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves; once the seeds start to splutter add onions and cashews. Cook till the onions turn translucent.
  • Next add tomatoes and the other cooked veggies. Cook until tomatoes turn mushy.
  • Add the masala paste and salt. Mix well and cook for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and let cool for a few minutes.
  • Then add this mixture to the idli batter. Mix well and distribute the batter evenly in the idli molds, steam for 12~15 minutes. Serve hot with chutney of choice.
All the veggies tend to sink to the bottom, so here's the cross-sectional view of a masala idli :-)
Masala Vegetable Idli (Idli with a twist)
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked up today for BM# 41.


  1. I like the idea of using tomatoes in idli..While reading this I have been thinking of adding some pav bhaji masala to the tomato the use of veggies.

  2. Bookmarked from 2006 ! Wow ... That's quite a collection u have pavani ! Idlis look delish..

  3. I do rarely this vegetable idlies, wat a wonderful to add veggies in our breakfast dish na, well done..

  4. I like that placemat - it actually looks like a bed of almonds

  5. OK, I have to try this one !! .. So healthy and combines two of my fav things together - Idli and Vegetables :)

  6. These idles look awesome. Nice variation .


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