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Leftover Snack - Spicy Tawa Idli

Leftover Snack – Spicy Tawa Idli

  • Author: Nagalakshmi Viswanathan
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x


Tawa or Tava Idli is a delicious and quick snack – a medley of leftover idlis, some pav bhaji masala and basic spices, onion, tomato, and lemon juice. It takes all of 15 mins to make and tastes great as an evening snack with some tea or coffee.


  • 4 idlis, cubed (here’s how I make idli at home)
  • 1/4 cup of minced onions
  • 1 small, ripe tomato, cubed
  • 2 tsp of ghee or butter
  • 1/4 tsp of mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp of pav bhaji masala (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp of grated ginger
  • 2 tsp of lime or lemon juice
  • A fistful of chopped coriander leaves, for garnish


  1. Heat the butter or ghee in a pan and add the mustard seeds. When they pop, add the onions, turmeric and ginger. Saute until the onions turn pink and fragrant. Next, add the chopped tomatoes and saute until they turn mushy.
  2. 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.
  3. Once the tomatoes are soft and mushy, add the pav bhaji masala and salt. Mix well and cook for 30 seconds. Then add the cubed idli and toss well to coat. Finally add the lime juice and garnish with coriander leaves.
  4. Serve spicy tawa idli hot with tea or coffee!


If the idlis are refrigerated, they behave better when cubing and tossing You can reduce the amount of pav bhaji masala and add 1 chopped green chilli

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Side
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