Quick Breakfast Recipe for Kids: Fried Idli / Masala Idli

Masala Idli

Fried Idli

Breakfast recipe for kids

Leftover idli recipe

Fried Idli or Masala idli is a recipe that can be made with leftover idlis. In fact, I always make a few extra idlis whenever I make idlis for dinner so that I can make fried idli or masala idli for breakfast the next morning.

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Leftover idlis work best as they do not crumble when cutting and mixing, but you can also make them with fresh idlis. If you are using fresh idlis, then allow them to cool down and put them in fridge for at least 30-60 minutes.

Ingredients For Fried Idli/ Masala idli recipe

Fried idli
  • 7-8 Idlis
  • Cumin seeds 1 tspG
  • 3-4 Cloves of Garlic chooped
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 tomato finely chopped
  • 1 capsicum finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • Chilli powder to taste
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pav bhaji masala ( if you do not have, add garam masala)
  • 1 Tablespoon Oil


  • Cut the leftover idlis into small pieces.
Fried idli
  • Sprinkle a little warm water on the cut idlis to freshen them up if they are tough.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add cumin seeds and let them crackle
  • Add garlic and let them brown
  • Add onion and saute till slightly translucent
  • Add capsicum and saute for 2 minutes
  • Add tomato and saute well.
  • Add salt, turmeric powder and chilli powder and mix well. Chilli powder is optional. You may add green chillies instead too if your child like them.
  • Sprinkle a little water to help the masalas and vegetables cook for 2-3 minutes. Vegetables should remain slight crunchy only.
  • Add cut idlis and mix everything well.
  • Toss the idlis well into the masalas and cook for a minute. Then turn off the heat and leave it covered for 5-6 minutes before serving.
  • Garnish with your favourite herbs and serve.


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