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I know most of us may or may not have idli leftover because our hunger varies everyday right !!!!. Offcourse you can make this with your fresh Idlies too. These are some sample of flavors you can give for your remaining or fresh idlies. I bet you all like the flavors that I post today.. all these are our favorite ones. I cannot say which is better or best because everything is so tasty. Hope you all will enjoy my virtual idli bonanza.............he he we enjoyed eating these all in one shot.....

Let me first tell the flavors and the measurement which I am posting is for 2 idlies

1. Tomato flavor Idli
2. Coriander Idli
3. Masala Idli
4. Idli upma with onions
5. Seeyali
6. Cummin pepper Idli
7. Lemon Idli

Ingredients for Tomato flavor idli :

Idli - 2 chopped to cubes
Tomato - 1/4 chopped finely
Onion - 1/4 finely chopped
Coconut - 1/2 tbsp
Saunf - 1/2 tsp
Red chilli - 1
Garlic - 1/2 pod
Mustard and urad dhal for seasoning
Coriander and curry leaves few
Salt and oil

Method :

1. Grind the coconut, saunf, red chilli and garlic to fine powder or paste.
2. Heat oil in the pan add the mustard and urad dhal.
3. Add the onion then followed by tomato till its mushy.
4. Add the curry leaves and the ground powder or paste.
5. Add the idli and saute well so that everything is blended well and slightly roasted.
6. Garnish with Coriander leaves.

Ingredients for Coriander Idli :

Idli - 2 chopped to cubes
Coriander leaves - 10 sprigs
Coconut -1/4 tbsp
Garlic - 1/2 flake
Red chilli - 1
Roasted gram dhal - 1/4 tbsp
Cummin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Onion - 1/4 chopped length wise
Urad dhal and mustard for seasoning
Salt and oil.

Method :

1. Grind the coriander leaves, coconut, roasted gram dhal, red chilli, garlic to fine paste.
2. Heat oil in the pan, add the mustard and dhal.
3. Then add the onion saute, now add the coriander paste.
4. Once the raw aroma disappears add the idli and give a nice toss by adding salt....

Ingredients for Masala Idli :

Idli - 2 chopped to cubes
Onion - 1/4 chopped finely
Tomato - 1 tbsp chopped finely
Mixed veggies - 2 tbsp( carrot, beans and peas)
Spices - 1 each( clove, cardamom, cinnamon small)
Mint - few leaves
Garam masala - 1/4 tsp
Chilli powder - as required
Tomato ketchup - little
Coriander for garnishing
Salt and oil

Method :

1. Heat oil in the pan, add the whole spices.
2. Add the onion, followed by tomato.
3. Then add the veggies saute well and add the powders and mint leaf.
4. Now add the idli give it a nice toss by adding the tomato ketchup.
5. Check for salt and garnish with coriander leaves.

Ingredints for Idli upma with onions :

Idli - 2 crumbled
Onions - 1/4 chopped finely
Green chilli , red chilli and curd chilli - 1 each broken to 2 pieces
Mustard -1/2 tsp
Urad dhal and Bengal gram dhal - 1/2 tsp each
Curry leaves - few

Method :

1. Heat oil in the pan, add the mustard and dhals.
2. Now add the chilli followed by onion and curry leaves.
3. Add the idli and mix well.

Ingredients for Seeyali :

Idli - 2 chopped to cubes
Coconut - 1/2 tbsp
Coriander seeds - 1/4 tsp
Cummin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Red chillies - 1
Roasted gram dhal - 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida - little
Onions - 1/4 chopped finely
Curry leaves and coriander leaves
Mustard and urad dhal - 1/4 tsp each
Salt and oil.

Method :

1. Powder coconut, coriander seeds, cummin seeds, red chilli, roasted gram dhal and asafoetida.
2. Now heat oil in the pan, splutter mustard and add urad dhal.
3. Add the onion followed by curry leaves.
4. Add the turmeric and powdered mixture. Saute for a minute and add the cubed idlies.
5. Saute well garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Ingredients for Cummin and pepper Idli :

Idli -2 crumbled
Curd chilli - 2 roasted in the oil and crushed
Cummin - 1/2 tsp
Pepper - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves
Oil and salt

Method :

1. Heat oil in the pan add the cummin once it is spluttered add the curry leaves.
2. Add the other ingredients and idli toss well and serve hot.

Ingredients for Lemon Idli :

Idli - 2 cubed
Lemon juice - 1/2 tbsp or as required
Ginger + Green chilli paste - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - few
Turmeric - few
Curry leaves and coriander leaves - few
Mustard seeds- 1/4 tsp
Urad dhal and Bengal gram dhal - 1/2 tsp

Method :

1. Heat oil in the pan and the mustard, urad dhal.
2. Add the ginger and green chilli paste.
3. Add the turmeric powder and asafoetida, curry leaves.
4. Add the chopped idli and lemon juice, salt.
5. Mix everything and so that everything is well blended.
6. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.


1. Remember idli have salt too so take care while adding salt.
2. You can make all these with small idlies too.... Make small idlies using the mould and follow the same procedure. Its so interesting and everyone loves it. Since I dont have right now I made cubes.
3. Curd chilli that we are using has salt too so add salt accordingly.
4. If your making the masala , coriander or tomato idlies you can serve with raita tastes so yumm.

Hope you all enjoyed my visual treat....Happy eating.

Deepti  – (February 8, 2010 at 1:58 PM)  

oh cant say which is best ...everthing is soooo temtpting :)
That was a Gr8 Post !!

Sailaja Damodaran  – (February 8, 2010 at 2:05 PM)  

Wow!!!!! want to grab everything.Great choice for fussy kids.

Padma  – (February 8, 2010 at 2:14 PM)  

WOW Pavithra. So many variations in one post. So tempting dear. Just awesome.

Priya Suresh  – (February 8, 2010 at 2:15 PM)  

Wowow a lovely and delicious dishes with idli..looks incredible Pavi..

Rachana  – (February 8, 2010 at 2:18 PM)  

Wow!!!!! I cant decide which one is the best...really wanna taste everything...tempting!!!!

Unknown  – (February 8, 2010 at 2:21 PM)  

Looks fantastic that sure is an idli feast.

Kalai  – (February 8, 2010 at 2:27 PM)  

Wow Pavitra! What a satisfying and lovely dishes? one by one..its so tempting! Never knew there could possibly be so many variations with the left over Idlis. Quite amazing!

Cicily Antony  – (February 8, 2010 at 2:38 PM)  

Wow Pavitra, such a wonderful many varieties...kudos to u...

San!!!  – (February 8, 2010 at 2:56 PM)  

Ohh wow thats a lovely combo of indulging ourselves with many such flavours esp idli.My taste bud is longing for that :D Cute presentation dear.Hi to adhavan.

Vrinda  – (February 8, 2010 at 3:38 PM)  

So many to choose....yum yummmmmmmmm

Simplyfood  – (February 8, 2010 at 3:56 PM)  

wow so many varieties , these are all so tempting and mouth watering.

Ambika  – (February 8, 2010 at 5:21 PM)  

I can't decide which one I like the best!!! I used to make the mundane idli upma with onions always, but now I guess I'll have to make extra idlis so I have leftovers ;P

Bhawna  – (February 8, 2010 at 6:06 PM)  

Beautiful post, tempting with lot of information. Thank u.

Uma  – (February 8, 2010 at 6:07 PM)  

kudos to your patience in preparing so many varieties with idlis Pavithra! Each one looks soooo tempting :) What a great idea!!

Unknown  – (February 8, 2010 at 6:40 PM)  

Wow So many options for breakfast,amazing....sooperb entry...

chef and her kitchen  – (February 8, 2010 at 8:29 PM)  

U made all the idli varieties in one day??
Kudos to u dearie.....All loo amazing,I wont mind if you offer me those small portions of those tasty flavored idli's...will empty the bowl for sure definitely..

Saraswathy Balakrishnan  – (February 8, 2010 at 8:42 PM)  

Hey Pavi that's a mouth-watering spread of idis da..super..very free at home I guess..

Sook  – (February 8, 2010 at 8:44 PM)  

Just wanted to say I love all your photos! They look amazing!

Perspectivemedley  – (February 8, 2010 at 9:34 PM)  

wooow Pavithra!.. such an tempting array of idlis!!.. very very nice! and very nice presentation:)

Pavithra Elangovan  – (February 8, 2010 at 9:45 PM)  

Hi Sara, I love to have a feast in my blog once in a while and somehow manage time to do these because its my passion na.....:)I enjoy doing this and offcourse my family enjoy eating tooooo....

Nithya  – (February 8, 2010 at 9:50 PM)  

Yummy Yummy Anni.. all of them are interesting. :)

AvanthiRao  – (February 8, 2010 at 10:25 PM)  

Looks like Idly event and a very nice presentation

Gita Jaishankar  – (February 8, 2010 at 10:36 PM)  

So many versions with idli...way to go dear :) are sure to love these colorful flavors :)

Cooking Foodie  – (February 8, 2010 at 11:45 PM)  

Ohh this is a great post. I cant wait to try some of the idli's mentioned - especially tomato...

Sushma Mallya  – (February 8, 2010 at 11:50 PM)  

Very Nice post pavitra...i didnt know v could make so many type of dishes with leftover idlis...each one is different and unique,i just loved all of it..i usually have leftovers and just think what to do with it...ill come to your blog only next time to try out these dishes...and presentation is top class i can say...just love it everytime i come here....

Sushma Mallya  – (February 8, 2010 at 11:57 PM)  

i checked the post abt oats as well...thank so much for sharing it..this was the first time i tried something in oats,and didnt know what else v could do with it,ur post was really helpful to know abt this..thanks for it pavithra...presentation for that post also was awesome...

priya  – (February 9, 2010 at 12:29 AM)  

wow....what an array of varieties in idly...superb dear!

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (February 9, 2010 at 12:34 AM)  

oh too many varities of idli.Lovely presentation

Aruna Manikandan  – (February 9, 2010 at 12:47 AM)  

Wonderful post dear!!!!
Love all the varieties:-)

jayashree  – (February 9, 2010 at 1:10 AM)  

I'm amazed at your ingenuity with idlies !
Do you have some more varieties waiting in your satchel ?
Kudos to you for the delicious treat :))

Neetz  – (February 9, 2010 at 1:12 AM)  

oh my god!! tempting all of them..if i had a chance to eat the idlis..i would say, i would have hadall of them in one go...excellent presentation dear :)

divya  – (February 9, 2010 at 1:29 AM)  

WOW Pavithra. So many variations in one post. So tempting dear. Just awesome....

Calibe'nin Mutfağı  – (February 9, 2010 at 1:43 AM)  

Hi.. thanks for your nice comment to my blog..Your dishes and foods decoration looks very nice and interesting..Compliment..
Hugs and many greetings

Parita  – (February 9, 2010 at 1:56 AM)  

Fantastic post once again, i love all your versions of flavors for idli! I remember a similar post on oats as well, frankly i am not a big fan of oats but only after seeing your post on variety of dishes we can prepare with oats I have now decided to experiment with oats :) Thanks a ton!

gtyuk  – (February 9, 2010 at 2:48 AM)  

Mmmmmm, so many varieties in idli, that's fantastic; I'm sure each one of those preparation has it's own merits and must be tasting wonderful!!! lovely post!!!

Unknown  – (February 9, 2010 at 2:56 AM)  

Look s great nice choice of flavors.every thing sounds so tempting I too make most of them yummmm...

Ramya Vijaykumar  – (February 9, 2010 at 4:08 AM)  

Pavithra, this reminds me of Mom... It used to be so difficult to convince my brother to have idlies, she used to make all varieties so he could choose, a picky eater!!! Lovely and a perfect post!!!

Hayley  – (February 9, 2010 at 6:10 AM)  

wow..all the idli dishes looks awesome and tempting..very colourful pics..

first time here...great posts..

cheers and visit me if u can..

Valarmathi Sanjeev  – (February 9, 2010 at 6:32 AM)  

Oh my god!!!! many varieties with idli. Wow u made all the varieties in one day, great Pavi. Wonderful post.

Menaga Sathia  – (February 9, 2010 at 6:34 AM)  

கலக்கிட்டீங்க பவித்ரா...எல்லா இட்லியும் கலக்கலா இருக்குப்பா...

Finla  – (February 9, 2010 at 8:10 AM)  

I think i am calling it idli mela, i love all of them.

Panchpakwan  – (February 9, 2010 at 8:51 AM)  

Wow Pavitra,so many variety...all idli looks so tempting..

Vanamala Hebbar  – (February 9, 2010 at 9:33 AM)  

wow i like masala and lemon idlies
lovely dish....and nice pics

Deepti  – (February 9, 2010 at 9:50 AM)  

Wat a creativity dear...difficult to choose.

Anu Nandu  – (February 9, 2010 at 10:44 AM) time you do this, just please invite me over. yeah...or else..I'll be shameless and invite myself over! These look absolutely gorgeous! Can't decide which one will be my most favorite..maybe the tomato one..but the seeyali is a close comp..and the masala one looks delicious..oh well! For now, I'll just drool!

Namitha  – (February 9, 2010 at 11:33 AM)  

very interesting post..everything looks great !

Anu  – (February 9, 2010 at 11:33 AM)  

everything is so tempting.. want to grab everything... awesome.

Anonymous –   – (February 9, 2010 at 12:11 PM)  

awesome pavithra..evlo avriety..with so many options to make use of the leftover, one wud love to eat these.

Renuka Bedre - Rao  – (February 9, 2010 at 12:50 PM)  

This is so gr8! Cant tell which one i liked d most..will try each one by one :)

Nisha  – (February 9, 2010 at 1:35 PM)  

Wonderful Idea for Idli , i loved your post

ARUNA  – (February 9, 2010 at 2:16 PM)  

Wow everything looks tempting, don't know which one to choose!

SE  – (February 9, 2010 at 2:36 PM)  

wow...everything is so tempting...awesome !!!

Chef Jeena  – (February 9, 2010 at 3:13 PM)  

Wow what a wonderful collection of tasty foods! I would not know which one to eat first as they all look so very delicious. Your food is always beautiful and very appetizing!

Cool Lassi(e)  – (February 9, 2010 at 5:23 PM)  

Thanks for visiting my space. I am so digging this "Flavors for Idli". You are very creative and artistic.
Following you.

indhu  – (February 9, 2010 at 8:05 PM)  

that was a brilliant post.. loved the variations!

- Indhu (

Raks  – (February 9, 2010 at 8:39 PM)  

Wow wow wow,so many!! Love all these pavithra! I wud love to try lemon flavor,easy and I love lemon too! I always make idly upma! Coriander flavor too sounds interesting!

PJ  – (February 9, 2010 at 10:48 PM)  

wow! what a great post! i never thought there were so many delicious things I could do with leftover idlis! truly inspiring. I want to make the Seeyali first now..

Shanthi Krishnakumar  – (February 9, 2010 at 11:28 PM)  

Tempting and gr8 ideas with idlies. Like the lemon flavour twist.

Pam  – (February 10, 2010 at 10:02 AM)  

Everything looks great - wonderful presentation.

Malar  – (February 10, 2010 at 10:31 AM)  

wowwwwww......i love idly very much..
I am going to grab all your idlies now :) really really superb dear

Cham  – (February 10, 2010 at 12:54 PM)  

Oh wow - but i always die for idli upma even though I hate rava upma :)

Vikis Kitchen  – (February 10, 2010 at 1:07 PM)  

What a treat to my eyes dear. Idlies look very tempting.

Red Chillies  – (February 10, 2010 at 10:34 PM)  

Goodness Pavithra, this is a treat. I never imagined these many varieties of idli related stuff. Bookamrked!

Guntur Traditions  – (February 12, 2010 at 6:04 AM)  

never think of these many flavours in idly
thanks for following my blog
iam also following your blog

AdukalaVishesham  – (February 12, 2010 at 7:01 PM)  

wow great post... never tried so many idli varieties...

Myvegfare  – (February 13, 2010 at 3:14 AM)  

WOW, that's quite an aray of idlis!!, lovely bowls with so many variations very good

Roopika Prabhu  – (February 13, 2010 at 9:55 PM)  

its awesome. just cant believe that so many things can be made out of idli. good one

Unknown  – (February 15, 2010 at 2:45 AM)  

That's idli craze...full of fun, kid's choice!

Meena  – (February 28, 2010 at 1:50 AM)  

Love the variety of idlis...especially because it is possibly the most favorite and most-requested dish in our family.

First time on your space. Will be back to check out more of the yummy recipes on your space!

Vidhya  – (October 6, 2014 at 11:39 PM)  

Thanks for the array of various varieties of idly. I will trying one by one for my girls' lunch box.

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