Fried idli recipe, crispy idli fry, easy leftover idli ideas
Fried idli recipe -A quick and an easy fried snack made using leftover Idli.
I had some leftover idli left three days back. When I was thinking how to make use of the leftover idli, this fried idli recipe came to my mind. You can make a lot of recipes using leftover idli like idly manchurian, kaima idli, masala idli, idli upma etc. I have already posted idly manchurian recipe. This time, I thought I’ll make some crispy fried idli.
Fried idli came out very well. The fried idlis would be crispy and little hard from outside while soft from inside. You don’t have to make any side dish for this recipe. I made it as a snack for Gj and Sanvi. Sanvi likes any recipe that has idli milagai podi because she loves the podi so much. Even if she is not in the mood to eat dosa or idli, she will still eat it if I serve the same with idli milagai podi. Gj was too tired from work, and he liked the fried idli so much. He had enough, but felt hungry within two hours. You can have fried idli as a snack, but it would not make your stomach full. This is a very good travel recipe and stays good for 2 days.
You can make this fried idli in three different ways: shallow fry, deep fry or using an oven. I tried both the shallow fry and oven method. I liked both of them. When I tasted the baked fried idli, it was too crispy on the outside but soft inside. While I tasted the shallow fried ones, it was less crispy than the baked ones. Though the recipe says fried idli, we do not have to deep fry them. Shallow fry itself is enough.
I have used idli milagai podi for this recipe. If you don’t have podi at home, you can use chilli powder or pav bhaji masala. Also, for this recipe you should use only leftover idlis and not the freshly made ones. If you have only freshly made idlis, please refrigerate them for few hours if not it will absorb lot of oil and will not taste like that of fried idli made with leftover idlis.
If you have idli milagai podi and leftover Idli, then go ahead and make this fried idli and serve it as a snack. Enjoy!
How to make fried idli or crispy idli fry:
I have shown both the shallow fry and oven method. Follow the method whichever works for you best.
Shallow fry method
1.Preheat oven to 190 oC. Cut the idli into fingers like wedges.Place the idlis on a baking pan. Drizzle oil on top of the Idli. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Idlis should turn golden brown in color. Now move to the tossing part of the fried idli.2. Take the idli out and then turn over the idli. Again bake them for 10 to 12 minutes until idli turn golden brown in color. Transfer them to a mixing bowl.Now move to the tossing part of the fried idli.
Toss the idlis
In a mixing bowl, add the warm idli and idli milagai podi and toss it well. The idli should be coated well with the podi.Now, fried idli is ready! Serve it hot!
- You can also deep fry the Idli but it will consume more oil.
- If you do not have idli milagai podi, you can use pav bhaji masala or chaat masala or even chilli powder.
- You can serve it with ketchup or some tomato sauce.
- Use only leftover idli. If you are using freshly made Idli, please refrigerate it for few hours.
- Even when fried idli cools down, it will still stay crispy.