Idly Manchurian ~ Fried Idly

This recipe has been residing in my drafts for a long time now; finally getting down to post it. Took a little break from blogging. I made this for dinner with the leftover breakfast idlis. I have tasted this in several restaurants at Chennai and completely love this. It has different names in different restaurants ; to name a few - idly manchurian, fried idly, kaima idly, chilly idly. I had some colourful bell peppers sitting in my fridge and wanted to use it in a manchurian. So combined everything with the leftover idlis, added a little of each masala and came up with this yummy dish in minutes.
I didn't want to deep fry the idlis. So resorted to shallow frying and saved oil. But you need lot of patience to fry them thoroughly.

Idlis - 4 to 6 (medium size)
Bell peppers (diff colors) - a little of each amounting to half a cup
Slit Green Chillies - 2
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Idly chilli powder (optional) - half to 1 tsp
Onions - 1 small cut into cubes
Oil to fry (I did shallow frying. so 1 to 2 tablespoon is enough)
salt to taste
Cilantro to garnish

1) Cut the idlis into small pieces and fry till golden brown in oil. I did shallow frying which requires patience. You should fry all sides. If you want it quick, do deep frying.Set the fried idlis aside in a paper towel for the oil to drain.
2)Add a little oil and fry the onions, green chillies. Then add the bell peppers and fry.
3)Add chilli powder,idly chilli powder and salt, sprinkle a little water and cook well.
4)Mix the fried idlis and fry everything together for a min.
5)Garnish with cilantro and serve with curd or onion raitha.

Variation: You can mix boiled channa or other veggies like carrot,peas.


Pavithra said...

wow i love this..looks mouthwatering and tempting..

En Samaiyal said...

This sounds cool ....looking delicious..

Naarya said...

i agree to above comment. and since idlies are pretty regular in our kitchens, it wont be long before we try this. Btw...i have been having idli cutlets in mind since past few days. next time i make idlies for bfast i hv 2 new ideas to try out!

Chitra said...

WOw, drooling.I too have a similar recipe but have to try & post :)

Priya said...

Just love this!! mouthwatering dish..

munchcrunchandsuch said...

TH loves anything fried in oil, I made this once, but looking at the oil content, decided will not try often.I love the colours in the dish.

priya said...

Hi, u have a lovely bog in here. and idly manchurian luks grt

rekhas kitchen said...

I have heard about this one but never tasted and tried looks so yummmy will try now. thanks for the recipe.

Swapna Raghu Sanand said...

Never tried this but it looks very yummy, thanks for sharing this recipe.

Sree vidya said...

Thanks Priya,ES, Pavithra, Chitra,Bittu, Shubha,priya,Rekha& Swapna

Anonymous said...

hi Vidhya,
that was a very nice one.
pls let me know if u know how to make veg kothu parotta.