Monday, February 14, 2011

Masala Idly Fries

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There are so many options to utilize the left over idlis,so far I have tried chili idly,idly upma,idly fries,masala idly fries,idly manchurian with the left over idlis which are just perfect for simple evening snack.We rarely have left over idlis as I make the required exact number for both of us,so I end up making more idlis intentionally sometimes over the weekends to make evening snacks like this.I prepared this last weekend for my evening snack and I was not planning to take any photographs of that as it was already late in the evening.After I served for both of us,my husband insisted me to take the photographs of it and blog about it.I wanted to eat it immediately so took few snaps quickly without bothering much to change the cutlery and that is the reason my photographs are simple and there was also not enough light which made my photographs look dull as well,so please bear with the photographs.I will post milagai podi again with the photographs as I have finished off the milagai podi that day itself,but I mentioned the procedure for your reference.

5-6 Idlis,cut into 1/2" wide strips
2 tbsp Idly podi or Idly chili powder or Milagai Podi(recipe follows)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 lemon(optional)
salt to taste

for Tadka:
1 tbsp sesame/olive oil(I used olive oil)
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp jeera
1 tsp urad dal
1/2 tsp chana dal
1 big onion,roughly chopped
2 green chillies,finely chopped
1 garlic pod,pressed(adds a very nice flavor)
15-20 curry leaves
a pinch of hing

  • Cut the cooled idlis(use left over idlis) into lengthy strips and keep them aside.In order to fry them you can use of any of these following methods according to your preference.
  1. Deep fry the idly wedges in oil until light golden brown in color.
  2. Shallow fry them ie., heat a tbsp of oil in a wide bottomed pan and place the idly wedges separately and roast on both sides until crisp and golden.
  3. Arrange the idly wedges on a greased aluminum foil and gently spray/drizzle olive oil over it and bake/grill it in preheated oven @ 180 deg for 12-15 mins until light golden brown in color.This is the method I opted to get crispy Idly wedges.
  • Heat a tbsp of sesame/olive oil in a wide wok/pan and crackle mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  • Add pressed garlic pod,chopped green chillies and hing and fry until light brown.Add chopped onions and fry until they are translucent and slightly crisp.
  • Add curry leaves and fry until they are really crisp or if you find the oil is less,do this in a separate pan and add the crispy fried curry leaves to the onion mixture.
  • Add the roasted/fried idly wedges and add idly chilli powder ,salt and turmeric powder and stir fry them on medium to high flame until all the idly wedges are coated nicely with the masala and powder's,let it roast for few more mins.
  • If you want you can squeeze a lemon wedge over it before serving,it is optional to add lemon juice.
Serve it piping hot and it does not require any other accompaniment as it tastes really good on its own.If you are serving for kids,serve it with tomato ketchup.

  1. Instead of cutting the idlis into wedges,you can even use button idly(small idly) to make this.
  2. You can even add a tbsp of tomato ketchup after adding roasted idlis to it,it will be a nice treat for kids.
Idly Podi / Milagai Podi:

4 tbsp urad dal
3 tbsp chana dal
6-8 guntur red chillies
4-5 byadige red chillies
1 tsp sesame seeds or 2 tsp grated dry coconut(optional)
2 garlic pods(optional)
1/4 tsp hing,use the rock variety
salt to taste
  • Dry roast urad dal and chana dal until golden brown and keep it aside and let them cool.
  • Dry roast red chillies and hing until the chillies are crisp and keep them aside and let them cool.
  • Dry roast sesame seeds or dry coconut until light golden brown color and let it cool.
  • Grind all the above ingredients with enough salt to a coarse powder.Add the garlic pods and turn in whipper mode again.
  • Store it in a air tight container.
I am sending this to Sathya's 'Twist the Traditional -Idli' event.


Unknown said...

Crispy n perfect idli fries...spicy n tasty snack

Aruna Manikandan said...

looks delicious and very tempting dear :)

Indian Khana said...

Looks spicy and those clicks

Priya Suresh said...

Love those idly fries, truly tempting Prathy..

Kurinji said...

Sooooo tempting idlies...


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Prathima Rao said...

Looks delicious Prathiba!! A perfect eve snack & a yummy way to finish of the leftover idlis..
Prathima Rao
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Pari Vasisht said...

My kids will love this anytime dear and no worries the pics are nice.


Satya said...

Lovely looking masala idly fries prathibha

Prema said...

u r making me hungry dear! very tempting idlis luks awesome...

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Simplicity at it's best....Your first click is really good. Liked the tadka in the pictures. It's tempting

Hamaree Rasoi

My Kitchen Antics said...

next time i make idli im def keeping aside some for this

Rekha shoban said...

wow!!delicious fried idlys....nice click!

Priya dharshini said...

Luv the shredded idli with the crispy twist...

Priya Sreeram said...

looks perfectly crisp n yummy

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Prathy loved the recipe..wish I can have one plate..lookss absolutely mouthwatering.

Pavithra Elangovan said...

How was ur trip ? HAppy Valentines day !!!

Savi-Ruchi said...

Never tried baking the idli wedges. Will try that soon. Thanks for the wonderful idea of baking them!

swapna said...

Crispy and yummy idli it!!

Unknown said...

When I saw the pic the first word came from my mouth is wooooooow and then I read the recipe by the time my mouth is full of water... ummmmmmm so tempting recipe dear.

divya said...

Simply amazing and tempting.. Happy Valentine's day!

Unknown said...

Delicious idli fry and great clicks..liked ur version too

Lakshmi said...

Looks yummy!

Padma said...

Looks crispy and delicious.

amna said...

these look so tempting! like potato wedges :)

Raks said...

Looks and sounds like a perfect snack! Yumm!

Unknown said...

Absolutely tempting idli fries..Yum Yum!!

Nandinis food said...

Very flavourful and spicy fry. It looks yummy.

Laavanya said...

I bake them too... This looks wonerful!

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

looks like potato wedges.very nice and yummy version

Kanchan said...

These look so much like french fries ... like the snap

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Looks fantastic. Love the way you have cut them.

Malar Gandhi said...

Looks very crispy and the flavors...very tempting.

Unknown said...

thats a tempting kids enjoy this a lot...yummy dish!

Sowmya said...

A great twist to idlies....very delicious and tempting!

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Padmajha said...

What a wonderful way to use up leftovers!!Looks extremely delicious...

Edible Art said...

these look amazing!
i wish i knew what the recipes were :(

i love you pictures !
makes my tummy grumble (:

KrithisKitchen said... a word...

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