Egg Idli

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Egg Idli is a delicious snack or breakfast dish where eggs are steamed in an idli mold and then tossed in a spicy masala.

Here are some more egg breakfast recipes, that you can try at home: Akuri, Egg Bhurji, Egg White Muffins, Egg Dosa, and Egg White Scramble.

Egg idli served on a plate.
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About Egg Idli

Egg Idli are a delicious and unique way to serve eggs for breakfast or snacks. They are easy to make and come together in less than 30 minutes using simple ingredients.

To make egg idlies, eggs are steamed in idli molds with salt and pepper and later tempered with curry leaves, dry red chilies, and a few more simple ingredients.

Serve these for breakfast or a snack with a side of toast or a cup of South Indian Filter Coffee or Masala Chai.

Ingredients

Eggs – Any eggs would do, white, brown, free-range, or organic.

To temper the steamed egg idli, you will need oil, brown mustard seeds, curry leaves, dry red chilies, Kashmiri red chili powder, and turmeric powder.

You can skip adding chili powder and dry red chili if making it for kids

You will also need salt and pepper. Cilantro (fresh coriander leaves) for garnishing is highly recommended too.

How To Make Egg Idli

Heat 2 cups of water in an idli steamer over medium-high heat.

water heating in an idli steamer.

Grease the idli molds with oil.

Greased idli molds.

Break one egg in each mold and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Eggs broken in the molds and sprinkled with salt and pepper.

Cover the lid of the steamer and steam until the eggs are set (8-10 minutes).

Pan covered with a lid.

Remove the steamer from the heat and let it rest for 5 minutes.

Unmold the egg idlies from the mold and set them aside.

Un molding the egg idlies.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan over medium heat.

Oil heating in a pan.

Once the oil is hot, add the following and fry for 3-4 seconds.

  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • 10-12 whole curry leaves
  • 1 whole dry red chili (broken)
  • ½ teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
Spices and curry leaves added to hot oil.
Sauteed spices.

Add the egg idlies to the pan and toss well with the spices.

Idlies added to the pan.

Garnish with 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (coriander) and serve hot.

Ready egg idli.

Serving Suggestions

These Idli eggs with a South Indian tadka taste great on their own with a side of morning tea, coffee, or fresh juice for breakfast.

You can also serve a crisp toast on the side to make it filling.

You can also place it in between two slices of bread and enjoy it as a sandwich.

It will also taste great with Plain Tawa Paratha or Lachha Paratha.

Storage Suggestions

This egg recipe tastes great when served fresh, right out of the idli molds. Leftovers can be stored for a few hours in an airtight container at room temperature.

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Egg Idli is a delicious snack or breakfast dish where eggs are steamed in an idli mold and then tossed in a spicy masala.
4.34 from 3 votes

Egg Idli Recipe

Egg Idli is a delicious snack or breakfast dish where eggs are steamed in an idli mold and then tossed in a spicy masala.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 3 people

Ingredients 

  • 6 large eggs
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • 10-12 whole curry leaves
  • 1 whole dry red chili (broken)
  • ½ teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (fresh coriander leaves) (for garnishing)
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Instructions 

  • Heat 2 cups of water in an idli steamer over medium-high heat.
  • Grease the idli molds with vegetable oil.
  • Break one egg in each mold and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Cover the lid of the steamer and steam until the eggs are set (8-10 minutes).
  • Remove the steamer from heat and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  • Unmold the egg idlies from the mold and set them aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, curry leaves, dry red chili, red chili powder, and turmeric powder and fry for 3-4 seconds.
  • Add the egg idlies to the pan and toss well with the spices.
  • Garnish with cilantro (coriander) and serve hot.

Video

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Notes

Don’t over steam the eggs otherwise they will become chewy.

Nutrition

Calories: 178kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 327mg, Sodium: 134mg, Potassium: 170mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 877IU, Vitamin C: 88mg, Calcium: 63mg, Iron: 2mg
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