Masala Idli Dumplings - Idli Masala Delights!

When it comes to listing out the finest delicacies of south India, there are several dishes that you can never ignore even if you want and idli masala is one of them. Idli is one of those rare cuisines that can be recreated in hundreds of different variations with the help of a wide range of ingredients. Masala idli dumpling is a stir fry south Indian snack that you can enjoy as breakfast or a side dish with an ordinary meal. These soft and supple dumplings are filled with divine taste and great energy along with a moderate calorie count. The best thing is that idli masala dumpling is not so different from its root variation recipe. The addition of a few extra vegetables and some selected spices can help you prepare this lip-smacking snack right at your home. You can just go through the following instructions and surprise your family with a completely unique brunch on a weekend.

Masala Idli Dumplings Info:

Prep Time

8-10 Mins

Cook Time

15 Mins

Total Time

20-25 Mins


South Indian



Masala Idli Dumplings Ingredients:

  • Idli batter
  • Edible soda – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt – 1 tablespoon
  • Grated coconut – 1 tablespoon
  • Chopped carrots – 1
  • Chopped coriander leaves – for garnishing
  • Green chillies – 2-3
  • Curry leaves – 8-9
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Chaat masala – 1/2 tablespoon
  • Refined oil – for stir fry
  • Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • The process of making idli masala dumplings usually begins with a regular idli batter. For this, you will need ready-made idli batter which is freshly prepared without any preservatives. ID Fresh Food has delicious and fresh idli batters in store for you. Now, add soda and salt as per your taste in the batter and mix it properly to remove any air bubbles.
  • Now, you will need finely chopped carrots, green chillies, and coriander leaves for mixing with the idli batter. You can also consider using more vegetables as per your choice. Mix all these chopped vegetables in the idli batter along with fenugreek seeds and grated coconut. Make sure to prepare a fine paste.
  • You can either use a regular idli stand or a paniyaram to make idli masala dumplings. Now, grease the paniyaram with refined oil and put it on medium flame. Once it is hot  enough, you can start filling the mould with the batter.
  • Now, drizzle all the dumplings with drops of oil and then cover the lid. Let it cook for at least 3-4 minutes on a low-medium flame. Remove the lid, flip the dumplings, and then let it cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan that is deep enough for stir-frying the dumplings. Let the oil heat properly, and then add cumin seeds and curry leaves. Saute them till it fries completely. Now add dumplings in the pan along with chat masala and a pinch of salt. Leave the dumplings for 1-2 minutes in the pan.

Hot and delightful idli masala dumplings are ready with the enhanced taste of vegetables and authentic flavours of south Indian spices. This is the kind of dish that you can enjoy with multiple delicacies such as tomato salna, red tomato-onion chutney, and the famous south Indian coconut chutney.


Things to remember:

  • Do not forget to wash the vegetables before chopping them. Also, you must make sure that your kitchen tools are properly clean. Any sort of impurity can ruin the entire taste of your idli masala dish.
  • Even though you can use an idli batter mix from the market, but it will not taste as good as it should be. Therefore, preparing a fresh batch of idli batter at home is a better idea.