idli fry recipe | crispy fried idli recipe

idli fry recipe with leftover idli

crispy idli fry recipe with leftover idli | fried idli recipe – leftover idli recipe

Idli fry or fried idli is the simplest way to use the leftover idli. You can have them for breakfast or as an evening snack with your tea. As sinfully crispy and crunchy idli fry is, it barely takes a few minutes to transform the soft and fluffy idli into this delightful snack.

Fried idli is something that you will always find in South Indian restaurants in India. There used to be a South Indian restaurant named ‘Sankalp’ where I live 2 decades ago. My family frequented that lovely place almost every weekend. That’s where I was first introduced to fried idli. It used to be so good that the image of their idli fry with ketchup served in a petite rectangular compartment plate is etched in my mind even after so many years.

Here is the recipe of idli with step by step pictures – idli recipe | idli batter recipe

making idli fry with leftover idli

Fried idli is usually made with leftover idli. But you can also make it with fresh idli. I often make it with fresh idli and honestly, I feel that one tastes better. However, the fresh idli could crumble or break while frying. So you can pop the idli into the fridge for 20-30 minutes before cutting it into pieces.

I usually don’t need to do that because my idlis are soft but hold their shape quite brilliantly. I just allow them to cool off completely to the core.

making fried idli that’s a lot less oilier

Idli is porous and so it soaks up a lot of oil. Sprinkling some cornstarch over the idli pieces and giving them a gentle mix closes a lot of those pores. This helps in less absorption of oil. It also gives a better color and crunch to the fried idli.

idli fry recipe served with ketchup

what to serve with idli fried idli recipe

When it comes to fried idli, ketchup is my first choice of dip because this is how it has always been for me. The restaurant I mentioned earlier always served fried idli with ketchup. The Maggi’s Hot n Sweet Sauce also tastes great with idli fry. Coconut chutney goes amazing well as a dip for this delightful snack.

idli fry recipe for kid’s tiffin or when travelling

Idli fry stays crispy and tastes fresh even after cooling down, which is why it is the perfect choice for your kid’s lunch box as well.

You can also carry it as a snack for when you are travelling long distance. It will stay fresh for several hours.

leftover idli recipes

If you are looking for leftover idli recipes, do check these out – idli upma recipe, idli manchurian recipe. And here is how you can use leftover idli batter for making masala paniyarams that I call little balls of fluff flavors – paniyaram recipe.

Now let’s see how to make it. To make idli fry recipe that’s perfectly crispy on the outside yet soft on the inside, follow this recipe with step by step instructions with photos.

how to make crispy idli fry

idli fry recipe | crispy idli fry recipe
 
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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.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Idli - 6, leftover or fresh (recipe here)
  • Cornstarch - ½ tbsp
  • Oil - for deep frying
  • Ketchup or coconut chutney to serve with
Instructions
  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!

crispy idli fry recipe with step by step pictures


Step 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 fried idli with 6 big, fresh idlis here at room temperature. They are soft yet hold their shape well. (Idli recipe)

leftover idli recipe


Step 2

Cut each idli into 3 pieces. Just cut them lengthwise. The idli pieces will look somewhat like potato wedges. Transfer the cut idli to a mixing bowl.

cutting the idli like finger chips


Step 3

Sprinkle 1/2 tbsp cornstarch over them.

coasting the idli with cornstarch


Step 4

Toss them gently or mix with hand to coat the idli pieces evenly in the cornstarch.

idli pieces coated with cornstarch


Step 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.

dropping the idli in hot oil


Step 6

When the idli starts to turn golden, flip them and continue frying.
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.

idli turning golden brown


Step 7

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.

fried idli is ready


Step 8

Fried idli recipe is ready. Serve it hot with some ketchup or coconut chutney for breakfast or as an evening snack. Enjoy!

idli fry recipe served with ketchup

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