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Chilli Idli Fry Recipe

Chilli Idli Fry is the best way to make a delicious snack with leftover idlis. It is a flavoursome South Indian style teatime or party snack. Learn how to make idli manchurian in few simple steps. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 150kcal
Author: Hina Gujral


Ingredients To Fry Idli:

  • 1/4 Cup corn flour (corn starch)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Cup cooking oil

Ingredients For Sauce:

  • 1/2 Cup bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 Cup onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger and garlic, fine chopped
  • 2 green chillies sliced
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon spring onion greens chopped
  • 1/4 Cup water


  • Cut each idli into bite size small pieces. Set aside
  • In a bowl combine sliced idli, cornstarch, salt and pepper. Mix nicely to coat idli with flour.
  • Heat oil to shall fry the idli in a frying pan. Shallow fry the idli pieces in small batches till they turn brown and crisp from all sides.
  • Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel and set aside.
  • Heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan. Add chopped ginger, garlic and green chilli. Fry for 1 - 2 minutes.
  • Now add the diced onion and fry till the onion turn translucent or soft. Add the bell pepper and cook for a minute.
  • Pour the sauce along with 1/4 cup water and stir to combine. Taste and adjust the seasoning accordingly.
  • Next, add the fried idli into the sauce mixture and combine nicely. Turn off the heat. Garnish with spring onion greens.
  • Serve Chilli Idli warm with your favorite chutney or sauce.



  • I have used rava (sooji) idli for the recipe. The regular rice idli can also be used in this recipe. 
  • After adding fried idli in the sauce mix do not cook them for too long. Else, they will turn soggy. Just mix nicely, garnish and serve. 
  • Always taste and then add salt to the sauce mixture because it is added earlier also while coating idlis with cornstarch. 


Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.4g | Protein: 3.1g | Fat: 5.9g | Fiber: 1.9g