idli fry recipe, mumbai style idli fry recipe
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idli fry

crisp idli fry made with left over idlis. can be served with coconut chutney, sambar or tomato sauce.
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time11 mins
Course: breakfasts, snacks
Cuisine: south indian
Servings: 2 to 3
Author: Dassana Amit


  • 4 to 5 idli pieces or as required
  • chaat masala or pav bhaji masala or red chilli powder or idli podi as required
  • salt as required
  • oil to deep fry or shallow fry the idlis


  • cut the refrigerated or day old idlis into fingers, as shown below.
  • heat oil in a kadai or pan till medium hot. add the idli fingers and deep fry till light golden or slightly more.
  • ideally, the fried idli pieces should be crisp from outside and soft from inside. you can also pan fry or shallow fry them.
  • remove the smaller pieces first as they will get fried quickly. drain the fried idli on paper towels to remove excess oil.
  • sprinkle either red chilli powder or pav bhaji masala or chaat masala or idli podi on top and some salt. just mix well so that masala coated evenly.
  • serve the idli fry with sambar or coconut chutney or tomato sauce.