Monday, September 23, 2013

Tawa Idli | Spicy Tava Idli Recipe

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Mumbai Street food is mostly fusion recipes and I just love to try everything which sounds interesting .Though I am an ardent fan of Bangalore style Idli and Dosa ,I would take a bow for the creativity of Mumbai when comes to street food especially for their innovations in the south Indian food.
tawa idli
Here in Mumbai you can get dosa with literally any flavor - like Pav Bhaji Dosa or Spring roll Dosa or Chinese Chopsuey Dosa or Schezwan Dosa etc to name a few and I am a fan of Schezwan dosa. Even the south Indian Idli has got a make over with few variations like Tawa Idli, Chili Idli, Dahi Idli , Idli Chaat etc.
mumbai style tawa idli
I usually do not have left over Idlis at my place but in order to prepare these yummy snacks I prepare more Idlis on weekends so that I can turn few of them to a simple and delicious evening snack. Tawa Idli is a closer cousin to Chili Idli but prepared with Indian spices. I prepare Tawa Idli in a way similar to how I prepare Chilli Parotta with just a few modifications and the addition of the special spice- Pav Bhaji Masala, which takes this Tawa Idli to a whole new level.
Tawa Idli makes a nice snack for Kids Tiffin box and it is also an ideal recipe to turn those Idli haters to Idli Lovers.
spicy tawa idli
If you are interested check out few interesting recipes with left over Idlis -
For Idli recipe - refer either Idli Recipe using Idli Rawa or Idli recipe using Idli Rice. You can use any of the recipes to prepare Idlis.
tawa idli

Tawa Idli | Spicy Tava Idli Recipe:
Serves 2
Prep time: 5 mins | Cooking time: 10 mins | Total time: 15 mins
Cuisine: Indian | Category: Snacks/Light Meals

4-5 left over Idlis(Idli recipe- here and here)
1 medium Capsicum,finely chopped
1 medium Onion,finely chopped
1 medium Tomato,finely chopped
1-2 Green chillies,finely chopped
1/2" Ginger,grated
1 tbsp Coriander leaves
juice of 1/2 Lemon
1 1/2 tsp Pav Bhaji masala
1/2 tsp Red chili powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
4-5 Curry leaves(optional)
1/4 tsp Cumin Seeds
2 tbsp Oil
Salt to taste

  • Cut idlis into medium cubes and keep it ready.Use left over idlis which are best for this.If you are using fresh Idlis make sure you cool them before you cut.
  • Heat oil in a pan and crackle cumin seeds.Add grated ginger, chopped green chillies and curry leaves and fry for a minute.
  • Add finely chopped onions and fry until they turn slight pink in color.Now add chopped capsicum pieces and fry for a  couple of minutes.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and fry until the mixture becomes pulpy,it takes 3-4 mins.
  • Now add all the masalas - red chili powder, pav bhaji masala, turmeric powder and salt and fry for 1-2 mins.If the mixture turns dry sprinkle a tsp of water and mix nicely.
  • Add the chopped idli cubes and mix well until the masalas coats the idli pieces nicely.
  • Increase the flame now and fry for 2-3 mins until the idli pieces get roasted slightly.
  • Switch off the flame.Add chopped coriander and lemon juice and mix.
Serve it hot just like that or with Coconut Chutney.

spicy tava idli
  1. Adjust the spiciness according to your requirements.If you are preparing it for kids avoid green chillies in it.
  2. It tastes best when made spicy and served hot.
  3. You can follow the same process and use chopped pav buns or parottas instead of idli pieces in the recipe.


great-secret-of-life said...

looks yummy.. I do slightly diff.. this looks yum too

Indian Khana said...

Looks so yum specially now in lunch time :) all mumbai fusion stuff too ...

Unknown said...

I follow the same way for making use of left over idlies. Sometimes, if the idlies become hard, i go for this option only. but these are very addictive. aren't they?

Unknown said...

totally spicy tasty idli.... too yum to see...

Hasna said...

schezwan dosa nd nw tawa idli... looking fwd to some exotic street foods frm u
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Jeyashris Kitchen said...

Who will say no to this super yummy and spicy tawa idli. Love to give it a try

Vimitha Durai said...

Loooks so tempting...

Hamaree Rasoi said...

very inviting and colorful looking tawa idlis. Surely would use your recipe next time.

Chitra said...

wow, it looks great. wish to have that plate full of idlies:)

Divya Shivaraman said...

aww...that second click is sooooooooooo tempting dear...nice idea of using our morning idlis with a twist for dinner

Anonymous said...

delicious food clicks and what a wonderful way of using idlis :-)

lubnakarim06 said...

That looks scrumptious.....sometimes it is good to play with food....

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Unknown said...

Hey pratibha good morning...:) breakfast time and I m trying out this recipe..will let u knw how it turns out...I m sure it ll be very tasty..

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