Chilli Idli / Idli Manchurian Recipe / Idli Recipe / Leftover Idli's Makeover

How to Make Chilli Idli / Idli Manchurian Recipe / Leftover Idli's Makeover

Hello Foodies,
             Chili Idli/Idli Manchurian is a mouth-watering snack/starter, made using the leftover idlis. It is a quick and delicious snack gets done in less than half an hour. Leftover idlis are great to have as a handy ingredient, you can dish out so many yummy recipes with leftover idli. 

             Chili Idli is a very good option if you want to eat Idli differently, it tastes so good. The outer layer is dipped in the Manchurian batter/sauce while the inside is the Idli. The combination is different where you can enjoy the taste of South Indian cuisine and Chinese cuisine at the same time. 

Video Recipe:

Preparation and Cooking Time: 25 Minutes.

To Fry Idlis:
  • Idli 6 pcs (I have used leftover idlis here) 
  • All-purpose flour/maida ¼ cup
  • Corn flour 2 tbsp
  • Rice flour  1 Tbsp 
  • Red chili powder ½ Tsp 
  • Salt ¼ Tsp
  • Ginger-garlic paste ½ Tsp 
  • Oil for frying the idlis

To Make Chili Idli/Idli Manchurian:
  • Ginger-Garlic paste 1 Tbsp 
  • Green chili 2-3, finely chopped 
  • Onion ½ small, chopped 
  • Green Pepper ½, chopped 
  • Oil 2 Tsp 
  • Vinegar  1 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce 1 Tbsp 
  • Red chili sauce 1 Tbsp 
  • Tomato sauce 1 Tbsp 
  • Black Pepper ¼ Tsp
  • Salt ½ Tsp
  • Corn flour 1 Tbsp + Water ¼ Cup

To Fry Idlis:
  • Cut the Idlis into bite-sized pieces(leftover Idli works best since it's less crumbly) and keep aside. 
  • Combine maida(APF), cornflour, rice flour, ginger-garlic paste, salt, red chili powder and in a bowl.
  • Add water and make a smooth paste of slightly thick consistency. 
  • Heat oil in a pan and when the oil becomes hot, dip the idlis in the batter and gently drop them in the oil.
  • Fry idli pieces till they turn crispy and golden brown.
  • Once done drain the oil and place it on a paper napkin.

To Make Chili Idli/Idli Manchurian:
  • Heat oil in a pan and add ginger-garlic paste, finely chopped green chilies. 
  • Add onions and green pepper and saute for a minute or two, but do not overcook them. 
  • Add white vinegar, tomato sauce, soy sauce, red chili sauce, cornflour, and water mixture and mix well.
  • Add black pepper, salt, and mix well.
  • Add fried idli pieces and toss them in the sauce to coat them completely.
  • Chili Idli / Idli Manchurian is ready to serve, serve it hot as a snack/starter. Enjoy!!!

Recipe Notes:
  • I always use leftover refrigerated idlis, because when we fried them, they absorb less oil.
  • You can deep fry or shallow fry idlis.
  • If you are using freshly made Idlis, then you can refrigerate them for 30 mins before using.

Good Time To Eat:
           It is good to eat chili idli as an evening snack, lunch or dinner. 

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