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Monday, January 24, 2011

Stir fried Masala Idlis

Idli is a south Indian savory cake popular throughout India. 
The cakes are usually two to three inches in diameter and are made by steaming a batter 
consisting of fermented black lentils (de-husked) and rice. The fermentation process breaks down the starches so that they are more readily metabolized by the body. Most often eaten at breakfast or as a snack, idlis are usually served in pairs with chutney, Sambar or other accompaniments. This is a great link if you want to know the process of making idlis.
I normally make idlis with ready to prepare mixes. Here is the recipe of Vegetable Masala Idli  from my other blog. Today, I'll share a recipe where key ingredient is Idlli. You can use when you have leftover idlis or you can make this for a snack or even for Kids' lunchbox with idlis.

Ingredients :
Idlis : few
Onion : 1(medium-chopped)
Tomato : 1(medium-chopped)
Green chillies : 1 or 2(finely chopped)
Curry leaves : 5-6
Mustard seeds : 1 tsp.
Turmeric powder : 1tsp.
Red chilli powder : 1 tsp.(optional)
Salt to taste
Oil : 1-2 tblsp.
Fresh coriander leaves for garnishing

Method :
  • First make idlis. Then cut them into medium sized chunks. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add curry leaves and mustard seeds, when seeds start to splutter, add chopped onions. Fry till lightly brown, add tomatoes and green chillies. Stir fry them until tomatoes get pulpy. 
  • Add turmeric and red chilli powder into onion-tomato. (you can use either green chilli or red chilli powder, according to your taste) Mix well. Add idlis, mix well with the spices and season with salt. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes and remove from heat.
  • Add fresh coriander leaves into fried idlis. Enjoy with any chutney or even with only tomato ketchup.
Kids will love this spicy snack as my daughter does...
Sending this to Srivalli's Kids' Delight : Street Food
Also linking this to Any One Can Cook : Series 13, event started by Umm of Taste of Pearl City

Monday, January 24, 2011 / by / 10 Comments


  1. Stir fried idlies looks absolutely inviting..

  2. Priya, that was super quick..i was still updating the post

  3. Really delicious masala idli's, looks so yummy. Thank you for linking with Any One Can Cook :)

  4. I normally make these with leftover idlis. Tobe ami onion, tomato diye dekhini kono din. I basically use lots of hing,mustard seeds and kari patta.
    Tomar ta try kora jaye ek bar

    Hamaree Rasoi

  5. Yummy snack..stir fried idlis looks tempting

  6. Can you pass that plate to me it :)

    US Masala

  7. I have done this before and they disappear in a wink in a party:-)

  8. Thanks Prathibha, Umm, Deepa, Suja, Sangi & Soma

    @Aipi, Sure, you can have the whole plate


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