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Idli Seeyali

Idli Seeyali is an absolutely delicious dish and is a great way to jazz up those leftover idlis. This dish is tangy, spicy and sweet -- all at the same time.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Breakfast, brunch, Snack
Cuisine south indian
Servings 2 Servings


  • 10 Idlis, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 Large Onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp Thick Tamarind paste
  • 1 tsp Sambar Powder
  • 1 tsp Jaggery or Regular sugar
  • To taste Salt
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro, finely chopped

For Tempering:

  • 1 tsp Chana dal
  • 1 tsp Urad dal
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1~2 Dry Red chilies
  • 8~10 Curry leaves


  • Heat 1tbsp oil in a large saute pan. Add the tempering ingredients and when the seeds start to splutter, add the onions and cook till they start to get brown around the edges.
  • Next add the tamarind paste, turmeric, sambar powder, jaggery/ sugar and salt. Mix well. Add a splash of water if the mixture looks too dry. Cook for 1~2 minutes.
  • Stir in the chopped idlis and cook for 2~3 minutes. Turn off the heat and sprinkle the chopped cilantro. Serve right away.