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.