Fried Idly

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Preparation Time : 15 minutes

Cooking Time : 25 minutes

Serving : 6 members


Fried Idli . A fusion dish (indo – chinese)that i learnt initially when i started to cook from my hubby’s aunt Bismi amma. She had invited us over for Breakfast when i was newly married. The first tought that came to my mind when i saw the dish was, it must be some chinese style chicken dish (I was like , how can you eat fried chicken for breakfast)even after they served and i tasted it also , i could not figure out what it was . Finally Bismi amma told me it was idlis. I was so surprised, that idlis could taste so good . I took note of the recipe then and there . From then on its a regular dish at home. Any left over idlis or hard idlis are surely changed into fried idlis.Who ever i have served this dish to have loved it and have never guessed that its made out of idlis.

Ingredients for Batter

Idlis – 10 , cut into 4 cubes

Maida1 cup
cornflour1 cup
salt to taste

Ingredients for Sauce

tomatoes5 big ground to a smooth paste
onions4 big fried in 1 teaspoon oil to brown in colour and ground to a smooth paste
ginger garlic paste1/2 teaspoon each
oilto deep fry + 2 tablespoons
onion1 chopped
cumin seeds 1 teaspoon
chilli powder1 1-4 teaspoon
saltto taste
ajinomotoa pinch ( optional )
tomato sauce1 cup
red food colora pinch ( optional , I didn't use in this dish on the picture )

Ingredients to Garnish

green chillies2 cut into thin long strips
coriander leavesfew chopped

Method for Batter

  1. Mix all the ingredients together for the batter to get a semi loose consistency batter .
  2. Heat oil to deep fry in a wok . Dip the cubed idli pieces one at a time into the batter and drop into the hot oil .
  3. Fry to a light golden brown color and crisp . Drain and set aside .

Method for Sauce

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a sauce pan . Add cumin seeds and chopped onion and fry to brown .
  2. Top with ginger garlic paste and fry to crisp . Add the ground tomato purée and fry till raw smell vanishes . Oil should float on top .
  3. Add the fried onion paste . Mix well and sauté for 2 minutes . Top with chilli powder , sugar , salt to taste , ajinomoto ( optional ) , red food colour ( optional ) and tomato sauce .
  4. Mix well adding 1/4 cup or more water to get a thick flowing consistency sauce .
  5. Boil the sauce for 2 to 4 minutes allowing all the flavours to infuse together in medium heat as the sauce tends to sputter all around . Taste and adjust .
  6. Mix the fried idlis just before serving with the re heated sauce . Garnish with green chillies and coriander leaves .
  7. Serve hot immediately .