Tawa Idli Recipe | How to Make Tawa Idli | Leftover Idli Recipe

Spicy Tawa Idli
Spicy Tawa Idli

Tawa idli recipe | Tawa idli with leftover idli | how to make Tawa idli with step by step photo and video recipe.

Tawa Idli is a delicious and quick twist to the regular idli we have. It can be made from fresh idlis, or with leftover idlis. It’s a medley of leftover idlis, some pav bhaji masala and basic spices, onion, tomato, and lemon juice.

Idli is a healthy and conventional breakfast dish in southern parts of India, which is steamed cook without adding any oil.  Thus spices and oil added to make tawa idli gives a distinct taste to the otherwise bland idlis.  It makes a nice bite in your kid’s tiffin box, or serve tawa Idli along with Tomato Onion Chutney as an evening tea time snack.

You can also try other left over idli recipes like like Fried Idli , Idli Upma, Masala Idli , Curd Idli, Stuffed Idli ke Pakode, Idli Pakora or many more.

Tawa Idli Recipe | What is the Recipe of Tawa Idli

Cuisine Indian
Author Rashmi Sharma


  • 4 idli cubed
  • ¼ cup minced onions
  • 1 small ripe tomato cubed
  • 2 tsp ghee or butter
  • ¼ tsp mustard seeds
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp pav bhaji masala (adjust to taste)
  • ½ tsp grated ginger
  • 2 tsp lime or lemon juice
  • A fistful of chopped coriander leaves , for garnish


  1. 1. Heat the butter or ghee in a pan and add the mustard seeds.

  2.  When they pop, add the onions, turmeric and ginger.

  3. Saute until the onions turn pink and fragrant.

  4. Next, add the chopped tomatoes and saute until they turn mushy.

  5. Meanwhile, get out your pav bhaji masala and chop the idlis into small cubes. I like to cut them smaller than normal so the flavours will mingle better.

  6. Once the tomatoes are soft and mushy, add the pav bhaji masala and salt.

  7. Mix well and cook for 30 seconds.

  8. Then add the cubed idli and toss well to coat.

  9. Finally add the lime juice and garnish with coriander leaves.

  10. Serve tawa idli hot with tea or coffee.

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