Tricolor Idli or Masale Idli

Masale Idli

Masale Idli

Anytime I prepare Idli, there is always little amount of batter left which makes like around 5-6 idlis. And, this quantity isn’t sufficient for any one person. So, I use the leftover Idli batter to prepare masale idli. It is healthy, quick and very delicious.

The color is just amazing, the color of the carrots, the green peas bursting their green color, the yellow of the channa dal, just beautiful to even look at.

So, here comes the recipe for this tricolor idli.


  • 2 Cups Idli Batter
  • 5 tsp channa dal soaked in water
  • 3 carrots finely grated
  • handful of peas
  • 3 tsp fresh grated coconut
  • 2 finely chopped green chillies (Optional)
  • 5 sprigs coriander leaves finely chopped.


  1. Soak the channa dal or kadale bele in water for almost an hour. Drain the water.
  2. In a large bowl, Mix the Idli batter with the drained channa dal, and all ingredients listed above.
  3. Add salt to taste also.
  4. Some of my relatives add a pinch of baking soda also. It is again optional.
  5. Grease Idli trays and pour the batter.
  6. Steam the idlis for 8-10 minutes until done.
  7. Serve with chutney, or sambar.
  8. Very good for your lunch box as well.
  9. Takes around 30 minutes to prepare.
  10. makes 16 idlis.
Masale Idli SambarI

Masale Idli Sambar

9 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you Meera,
    I will try this item. please come down to my house to taste the item.


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  3. Posted by Archana on August 11, 2010 at 8:27 am

    hi meera,
    wonderful recepie.more than the adults liking it i think children will love to eat the idli,as it is attractive to them.well i think u should join facebook as soon as possible because there are so many madhwa brahmins all around the world looking for this kind of a blog so pls my humble request to you to join the facebook and iam sure that everbody will like it and i will be the first person to add your blog to my facebook account.
    anyways thanks onceagain and keep going


  4. Posted by meeraghu on August 11, 2010 at 7:33 am

    It is added directly to the batter, Usha.


  5. hai meera,
    looks yummy. I will surely try this item,but one doubt i.e. whether the chanadal should be grinded or it should be added directly to the idle batter.please confirm.


  6. Posted by Vidhu on June 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Hey Meera,

    Loved this one:-)))




  7. Posted by veda on February 5, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    looks yummy, will sure try this.


  8. I have seen the receipie of Tricolour Idli its very good & attractive also. It is time saving also .I have got one doubt in this that is wat is idli batter i didnt get confirmed whether already prepared idli hittu or only idli rava . And also another thing whether soked kadle bele to be added to idli batter after making hittu or as it is soaked one.

    Due to tthis i have still not prepared & tasted pls confirm me about this so that i can enjoy the taste.

    Sripriya, It is leftover idli batter. And soaked Kadale bele.


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