Thayir Idli /Curd Idli – with leftover idli’s

Indian cooking is the most economical and clever way of cooking. We minimise the wastage of food, reusing it in different forms in many dishes. This is one such recipe!!

Idli is the most popular South Indian breakfast food. It tastes so soft when made fresh and leftover idli’s had to be transformed into other different ways for an appetizing meal. I have shared one such recipe before- Masala Idli. This thayir idli is one such recipe.

This is similar to ‘thayir vadai’, bit healthier when compared to it as there is no deep frying. This is ideal for evening snack. It can be prepared quick and it is very light on the stomach making it a healthy snack.

From kids to adults, everyone will like this recipe❤


  • Leftover idli- 6 (cut into small pieces)
  • Curd- 300 ml
  • Green chilli- 1
  • Cumin seeds- 1/4th tsp
  • Coconut- 1 piece (size as shown above)
  • Sugar- 1 to 2 tsp ( I used 1 tsp)
  • Salt – as needed
  • Mustard seeds- 1/4th tsp
  • Split urad dal- 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chilli- 1
  • Curry leaves- 8
  • Coriander leaves- 2 tbsp.


Cut the idlis into small pieces.

Whisk the curd and keep it separate. If the curd is very thick, add little water to dilute it.

Move the coconut, green chilli, cumin seeds to the mixer jar.
Grind it to to smooth by adding needed water. If the curd is sour, use milk to grind instead of water.
Now add sugar and salt to the whisked curd. Mix it well. Remember idli has it’s own salt. So add salt only as needed.
Add the grounded coconut paste to the curd.
Keep it separate.
Now the tadka (temper) part. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. Once mustard seeds splutter, add urad dal, red chilli, curry leaves. Switch off the flame.
Now add the tadka (temper) to the curd, coconut mix. Garnish with coriander leaves on top. Add it to the cut idli pieces 15 minutes before serving.
Let idli’s get soaked in curd for 15 minutes.


  • Both curd and yogurt can be used.
  • Use sesame oil to temper.
  • If the curd/yogurt is sour, use milk to grind instead of water.