Stuffed Idli

This series seems to be one of hasty phone pictures. History repeated itself, as it often does in my house, when the daughter and husband claimed to be so hungry that waiting even for a second was impossible. It is so weird that there are days when I have the meal ready way before time and they would take forever to come and eat while there are other days when all I need is 10 minutes to click few photos but they would rant and rave and gobble up the meal before I take out the camera.

Today’s dish for the theme of ‘Stuffed Dishes’ is the ubiquitous idli. Idli has undergone so many variations and modifications yet it manages to retain its traditional charm. I decided to use up the last few ladles of my idli batter and some leftover veggies in making this stuffed idly. The veggies were left over from the pasta I made few days ago and so had carrot,golden corn,mushroom and capsicum. Needless to say, I was rewarded with beaming faces and a clean refrigerator. What more to ask for?

Makes 8 idlis

2 cups Idli Batter

1/4 cup cooked vegetables of your choice




  • If you don’t have any cooked vegetables, then sauté whatever veggies you plan to stuff the idli with in some oil till they are almost done and set aside
  • Take a large pan / idli vessel / pressure cooker and fill it with some water and put it on the gas to medium low
  • Grease the idli moulds with little oil
  • Pour the idli batter to fill half of the idli mould
  • Put in the veggies on top of the idli batter and pour some additional batter to cover the veggies
  • Steam for 10 minutes and let is rest for another 5 minutes
  • Unmould and serve hot
  • Enjoy with your favourite chutney, sambhar or as is


  1. I have tried this with multiple leftover dry veggies and all work. My favourite is the leftover masala from making masala dosas. They are very tasty when stuffed into the idli batter

This is my post for the Blogging Marathon under the theme, ‘Stuffed Dishes’.



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19 Comments Add yours

  1. Srivalli Jetti says:

    Well, that always keeps happening in all Food blogger’s home I guess…so you have company Sowmya. In the initial period, I used to hear complains that I felt the blog was more important than their hungry takes time for them to accept and now before they can gobble, they do ask if the clicks are done..I love these stuffed idlis and used to enjoy making them for breakfast!

  2. Varada says:

    Anything stuffed with vegetables is a hit in my book. I like the colorful variation of idli you have created.

  3. Priya Suresh says:

    I do varieties of stuffed idlies and its quite our family favourite. Yours looks very colourful and catchy as well. Well done Sowmya.

  4. Nalini says:

    Nice and healthy stuffed idly,looks colorful..

  5. This is why I do the cooking when no one is at home. So that I can click them leisurely. Stuffed idlis were in my list for this week, but then paniyarams happened and so these went to the back burner. this is a nice way to use up leftovers and they sound absolutely yum..

  6. always wanted to do this. You’ve explained well enough. Now I’ll try

    1. Sowmya:) says:

      Thank you. Please try and let me know how you like it

      1. sure !!

  7. The stuffed series is very interesting , the idli sounds really delicious with all those veggies . A good pick for the theme.

  8. harini says:

    I love this stuffed version. My family has still not accepted the stuffed idli concept. I have to make this without their knowledge and just force feed them 🙂

  9. Renu Agrawal Dongre says:

    So True, at times I get really worried if I would have the time to click, as my family is hungry. Healthy Idli’s

  10. Suma Gandlur says:

    A nice variation if one is bored with plain idlis or planning to add some nutrition.

  11. Oh Sowmya, I want that right now! Looks so delicious and what a great recipe this is for lunch box. I need to make this soon!

  12. Annapurnaz says:

    I had made stuffed idlis only once and the whole family liked them but somehow didn’t think of making again. You have reminded me of them. Now will make again 😊

  13. Suja Ram says:

    Sowmya, those Stuffed idlis look so soft and fluffy. Am sure kids would love this a lot.

  14. chefmireille says:

    idli though I enjoy it when I eat out – I am yet to try at home except for once when I forgot to grease the plates and it was a mess – need to try my hand at it again

  15. Lovely kids friendly idli.. kids love variations in their food and this is one of them!!

  16. You have company Sowmya! Right from we being ready with meals and people showing up late to the dish finishing off before the cam is out, it is the same here!! This idli sure looks like a nice variation from the regular ones and probably I can coax my lil one into eating this because it looks so good with the vegetables studded in the idli!

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