Wednesday, February 3, 2010



Idly is a staple food that south Indians prefer and most of them would have idly as their breakfast. And for home chefs like us, its a tough task to make them in right numbers to exhaust it all for breakfast.

We would surely find lots of idlys left over sometime.
So when you face such a situation, there is a yummy recipe to convert it into a very sought after tiffen for the evening or for dinner. Thats nothing but Siyaali. :)



Idly - 10
Onion - 2 big

Bengal gram dhall - 1 tblsp

Urad dhall - 1 tblsp

Red chilly - 3

Coriander seeds - 1 tblsp

Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp

Asafoetida - a pinch

Turmeric powder - a pinch

Tamarind paste -1 tsp

Salt - for taste

Curry leaves
Coriander leaves

Take a tsp of oil in a pan and fry bengal gram dhall, urad dhall, red chilly, cumin seeds, asafoetida and coriander seeds till they turn golden brown. Now powder the fried ingredients coarsely and keep it aside.

Cut the idlys into square pieces of same size. In a pan take a spoon of oil and crackle mustard and curry leaves. Add finely chopped onions and saute for a while till the onions turn golden brown. Now add tamarind paste, turmeric powder and the above powdered masala and fry just for a min. Add little salt to it.(Do keep in mind that the idlys already have salt in it.) Now add the idlys and saute for few more mins mixing it well. Finally add chopped coriander leaves to it.

Siyaali is ready to eat :)
Happy making :)

Note: Just in case you dont have time to make the masala powder, just add idly molaga podi which would taste good too. :)


Written by: Nithya
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Sowmya said...

looks yummy...we used to make idly upma...but your version is 're using tamarind....interesting..will try this soon...thanks dearie..btw,awesome clicks!

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Can I have it for my breakfast?Tempting.Hope u had a great trip.Nice to see u back.

kitchen queen said...

lovely and tasty idea of using leftover idlis.Thanks for sharing.

Rekha shoban said...

nice leftover recipe..yummy!

Pavithra Srihari said...

Hey thats a lovely Recipe Nithya and it looks really yummiee!!

Ammu Madhu said...


priya said...

looks so to have it anytime!...nice clicks!

Padhu Sankar said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog and for your lovely comments .Nice way to use left over idlis.

Kanchan said...

More breakfast out of idli seems v interesting !

Priya Suresh said...

Prefect breakfast dish with left over idlis, thanks for sharing Nithya, love the name..

chef and her kitchen said...

Looks nice....similar 2 idli upma with few changes....I rarely have left over idly's at home to think of preparing something wid it....:)

Simplyfood said...

Looks delicious and so easy to make also.Nice click.

Rachana said...

perfect breakfast dish dear!!! looks yummy:)

Shanthi said...

Simple and looks really cute . Tempting too.

Savi-Ruchi said...

It looks little similar to the bread upma, however for bread upma.., I normally add lemon juice. A great recipe, will try next time I have some left over idlis

Faiza Ali said...

Looks so yummy Nithya.. nice idea of using the leftover idly.

Asha said...

That is quick and tasty recipe for leftover idlis, Siyali is a new name, sounds great.

Menaga Sathia said...

சியாலி ரொம்ப நல்லாயிருக்கு.பெயரும் வித்தியாசமா இருக்கு..

tasteofsaras said...

Looks very delicious and mouth-watering..something different:)

Pavithra Elangovan said...

hi nithi .. Thats a coincidence.. me too made 2 day back thought of posting it. I always love this but never added tamarind to it.. will try next time.

Raje said...

Nice way to use leftover idly in a new and creative way Nitya!

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Hmm, we call it idli upma. Looks tempting.

Latha said...

Lovely recipe Nithya...will try it next time ...Thanks for sharing :).

Spice said...

yummy...I use lime juice instead of tamarind...

suvaiyaana suvai said...

looks yummy!!

Anu said...

Nice way to use the left over idli.. Looks yummy... Nice click..

Kalai said...

'Siyali', its new term for me..never heard it before. We just call it Tempered Idlis, but a simple recipe and as always nice presentation Nithya.

Malar said...

Thia is my fav Nithya..

Sumathi said...

I love this version of the idly.. This is how i pefer eating idly..
Your art and craft blog is too good too..

AdukalaVishesham said...

Yum yum. this is something we havent ever tried..but sounds delicious...Btw, wat language is name in?

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

The name is so new to me, the dish looks very nice and comforting too!!!

Abhilash Pillai said...

Idli is a common dish in south India and Siyaali is a nice use of it if the children are not interested to have it.

Coming to idli I would like to mention the eating habits of some people.

Most of them eat idli by breaking them into pieces by hand and dipping them in the sambhar or chutney others like to pour the curry onto idli and have it.

There is a minority group that I have seen rare who mix curry in idli and make bals like rice and have it. interesting isnt it?

So idli fans are everywhere. Might be some dont like the shape so they play rice flavours. With siyaali the people who are interested in spoon recipes will get benifits.

I would be one among them to try Siyaali. Goos post but this time no interesting and creative decorations?

Priya dharshini said...

this luks really eye catchy...and gud change for usual idlis

Anupama said...

I always make idli upma with left over idlis, but this one sounds very interesting. Bookmarked!

Gita Jaishankar said...

This sounds like the idli upma we make Nithya...looks tasty...cute presentation :)

Unknown said...

wow my fav. looks so mouth watering yummm. missed some yummy recipes form you because of my break will check them now.....

HaRy!! said...


Anjum said...

I really liked your recipe as well as presentation skills :-)
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Parita said...

Yummy recipe dear, nice way to use up left idilis!

Aparna said...

Looks yummy.. I love idlys. So I will try this..
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Unknown said...

What a great way to use up leftover idlis. Love this recipe, Nithya.

Jagruti said...

Mouthwatering and delicious :)) good way to useleftover idlies..

Rohini said...

Great one Nithi... I also love the have idlis this way!! :)

Malar said...

wow beautiful decorations are great

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