idli fry recipe | crispy idli fry recipe
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 2
Crispy and crunchy idli fry is a popular snack recipe that's often served with ketchup. As the name suggests, it is made by deep-frying the steamed idli. You can make idli fry with leftover idli.
  • Idli - 6, leftover or fresh (recipe here)
  • Cornstarch - ½ tbsp
  • Oil - for deep frying
  • Ketchup or coconut chutney to serve with
  1. To make idli fry, you can use leftover idli. If you are using the freshly made idli, allow them to cool off completely. If you feel your idli is too crumbly , pop it in the fridge for 20 minutes so that it won't break while frying. I have made idli fry with 6 big, fresh idlis here at room temperature. They are soft yet hold their shape well.
  2. Cut each idli into 3 pieces. Just cut them lengthwise. The idli pieces will look like potato wedges.
  3. Transfer the cut idli to a mixing bowl and sprinkle some cornstarch over them.
  4. Toss them gently or mix with hand to coat the idli pieces evenly in the cornstarch.
  5. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai. If the oil is not hot enough, the idli will soak up a lot of oil. Carefully drop in a batch of idli and fry them on medium heat.
  6. When the idli starts to turn golden, flip them and continue frying.
  7. Flip the idli occasionally for getting an even color. Turn the heat low or high if needed. Also, don't overcook the idli else it will become chewy and hard on the inside.
  8. Then the fried idli turns golden brown and crispy on the outside, take them out on a plate lined with kitchen towel to get rid of the excess oil. Fry the remaining idli the same way.
  9. Fried idli recipe is ready. Serve it hot with some ketchup or coconut chutney for breakfast or as an evening snack. Enjoy!
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