Masala Idli Fry - Masala Munches!

Masala idli fry recipe is a quick breakfast recipe, which is primarily a south Indian dish. It’s easy to prepare formula that has made it nation-wide popular. For the masala fried idli, mild spices and little oil is the requirement. It is a favourite for breakfast food because of its taste, and it saves cooking time too. Preparation and cooking time altogether needs 15 minutes only. One can prepare fresh idli and fry it, but it is good to use leftover idlis for the idli fry recipe. Refrigerated idlis become hard and while frying there is less or no chance of breaking. Also, leftover idlis consume less oil. With mild spices, idlis need to saute till it becomes crispy, and then the addition of curry leaves and spices complete the task.

Masala Idli Fry Info:

Prep Time

5 Mins

Cook Time

10 Mins

Total Time

15 Mins





Masala Fry Idli Ingredients (1 Serving):

  • 4-5 Idlis
  • Cumin seeds- 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Mustard seeds- 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Red chili powder-1/2 Teaspoon
  • Dry mango powder- 1/3 Teaspoon
  • Sambar masala powder- 1 Teaspoon
  • Curry Leaves-10-15 leaves
  • Salt- 1/2 Teaspoon or as per taste
  • Sunflower oil/Cooking oil- 2 Tablespoon

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • Take the idlis. Refrigerated idlis are preferable. If you don’t have leftover idlis, you can prepare fresh idli. And refrigerate these for two to three hours. Then use it for masala idli fry recipe.
  • After taking out the idlis, cut it into slices. Idli pieces get a better coating of masala and also fries well than the whole idlis.
  • Put the pan on medium flame. Add two tablespoon oil into it. 
  • Let the oil heat.
  • Now add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and curry leaves into the heated oil. 
  • Fry these for 10-12 seconds.
  • Add idli into the fried spices and keep stirring idlis softly. This step needs two to three minutes.
  • Make sure to keep the flame on medium flame. This will make the idli crispy from outside, but idlis will remain soft within.
  • Now, add red chili powder, sambar masala, salt, and dry mango powder into the frying idli.
  • At this step, turn the flame into low-medium. As the idli is already getting crispy and the high flame will burn the masala.
  • Fry it for three to four minutes and make sure to stir in-between. Stirring helps in even frying the idlis from all sides and also prevents masala to get over-fried.
  • After this step, idlis will get the desired texture of masala fry idli. So you get to know that your masala idli fry recipe is ready. You can fry the idli as you wish from golden brown to dark brown.
  • Before turning the flame off, turn the flame to medium for around 45 seconds and turn off the flame.
  • This will help your fried idlis to remain hotter for a longer period.
  • Take out the fried idlis and serve hot.

Make sure the idlis are well sautéed in masala. If you want to have side dishes, there are chutney recipes and sambar recipes that go well with this dish.