Stuffed idly - Idly stuffed with spciy masala veggies

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Monday, April 23, 2018

Idly the best breakfast made ever! Ask any south-indian, we love our idlies and dosa's, we cannot live without idly batter in our fridge. Stuffed idlies is something, which i make, when i have sour idly batter, the spicy, masala veggies stuffing, masks the sourness in the batter and makes it delicious. Whenever i want to give something new for my kids dabba, i give them for  their dinner first. Once it is approved, it gets to their dabba. It is kind of me getting their nod for that food and they give me their assurance that it will be eaten. I cannot stand food waste, i don't mind them eating less, but if it comes in their dabba back as such, i go wild. So we both parties, accepted to first try it at home for dinner. This idly was packed after one such experiment. 
Why so much banter, before the recipe, because, this last week of Explore the Flavors, i will be posting Kids lunch box dishes. The dishes approved my by elder one and younger one, sometimes just the elder. So, go on try this soft and fluffy idlies stuffed with spicy masala veggies, a nice flavor to the regular idly.

Idli batter as required
gingely oil for greasing the idly plates
For the stuffing
1 medium sized onion, finely chopped
1 capsicum, thinly sliced
1/2 a carrot, finely chopped
1/4 cup thinly sliced cabbage
1 medium sized tomato
1 green chili
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger
1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
a pinch of asafoetida
a pinch of turmeric
3-4 curry leaves, torn into pieces

Do checkout the video on how to make Stuffed Idly
  • Let us first make the filling. Heat a sauce pan, heat oil given under tempering, splutter mustard seeds, add asafoetida, and curry leaves. Next add chopped onions and green chili, saute until onions turn translucent
  • Now add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder and salt and cook until tomatoes turn mushy. Now dump all the chopped veggies, add 1/4 cup of water and salt. Cover and cook until done. 
  • There should be no liquid in the filling. Even after cooking, if there is still liquid, cook without cover until all the liquid is absorbed. Let the filling cool.
  • Now let us prepare the idly plates. Grease the idly plates with gingely oil, fill half the mould with idly batter, spoon 2-3 tsp of filling into each hole, now top it with another ladle of batter. Steam cook for 10-12 minutes. Once done, let it cool for 2-3 minutes, then unmould the idlies onto a serving plate. 
  • The idlies can be made in one single big plate also, if  you make it one single plate, cut and pack as wedges. Pack them with a generous drizzle of gingely oil/ ghee with idly podi on top.
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  1. Wow, what a flavorful stuffed idly, Priya. Totally yum !!! I do often make this kind of stuffing in idlies and i like to have them as it is without any side dish :-). Great start to lunch box series , looking forward to the series

  2. Love this concept of sneak peak veggies in idli.. I will definitely try out soon!!

  3. Stuffed Idli is a great idea to use your sour batter , chopped do that with the dhokla batter , I agree if the lunch box comes back as it is it’s such a shame , I like the way you have give a trial and get approval on your dabba dishes .

  4. Looks super cool. I always mean to make these stuffed idlis with left over sabji but always face resistance from family:). I should probably make the filling fresh and try it, right?

  5. Stuffed idlis looks so perfect and the way you have presented is simply awesome. Kids approved dish rocks always. Love that tiffin box. Is it the Vaya one?

  6. Oh ! What all we moms do to get our kids to eat healthy stuff right ! These veggies idlis must be very tasty .

  7. This idli makes me nostalgic, this is how mom used to feed us with vegetables. Its been a while i prepared this idlies. Looks fabulous Priya.

  8. These idlis with filling looks awesome. If kids approve then it would be a great relief for us moms.

  9. Stuffed idli with vegetables sounds absolutely delicious. Any recipe that pleases kids is always considered a super duper hit.

  10. Oh I love stuffed idlies though I haven't tried it with my kids. They don't like idlis unfortunately, I really wonder how..But the rest of the elders are very fond and I keep making this with sour batter..I am going to enjoy and making note of your theme this week Priya..

  11. I'm completely bowled over by this stuffed idli. What a treat to get in the lunchbox. Next time I make idli batter will try this recipe.

  12. wow such an amazing stuffed idli priya, The stuffing is so very interesting.. Wonderful recipe kids would love such idli. Wonderful captures too , I love how you cut them and presented !! Looks fantastic !!

  13. Omg those stuffed idlis looks so tempting, I can’t even make idlis properly the stuffed one sounds super complicated to me. Will come back here if I dare to try them.

  14. These look super, Priya. I haven't tried idli stuffed in this manner. Have to surprise my husband some time with these.

  15. Those stuffed idlis just look amazing. I have never made them before but have been seeing it a lot. I need to give this a try.

  16. Wow.. lovely idea to serve vegetables in idli for kids lunchbox.

  17. Yes Priya, totally agree, I too try it out when they eat at home and then pack for the box. Hate to see it go waste and its sad when they come back home hungry because they din't like it. I have always wanted to make stuffed idli but my folks are not very excited at that idea!!

  18. Stuffed idlis look great .. I must try these.. really like the idea and we have so many options for stuffing .

  19. One of the best way to use the leftover dry subzis.. perfect to pack for kids lunch box. Will surely try these..

  20. Priya can I join your family? Please adopt me. :D
    Love the idli n will love to try it out.

  21. Such a healthy combo, I mean the Vegetables and Idli. I did checked your video too on this, done to detail. Awesome

  22. That is so correct that we south Indians love our idlis and dosas. The stuffed looks so delicious Priya . I should try this soon

  23. Vegetable stuffed idli wow! Super healthy share. These stuffed idli looks superbly delicious. Loved your click.

  24. WOW love these stuffed idlis !! looks super tempting share and perfect for kids tiffin box completely


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