Chilli Idli Fry - Fried and Tossed!

Chilli fry idli is a tongue-tickling dish that is made out of leftover idlis. Of course, you can make them with freshly cooked idlis as well, but for better results, you should refrigerate the idlis for at least an hour. Idli fry recipe is a very interesting one and easy to make as well. You can make it at your home with ease. This is a very healthy and delicious delicacy that won't require any hard-to-find ingredient. You can eat these idlis at breakfast or dinner. All you need to do is cut the leftover idlis into bite- size or small cubes and toss it with some veggies. You will have to add some spices and sauces to make it even better. Keep in mind that idlis should be refrigerated before cooking. The recipe given below tells you the right amount of ingredients that you should use if you wish to increase or reduce anything, do make sure your idlis are of the adequate amount. Last but not least, make sure you cook the veggies and idlis for the time mentioned below. Overcooking can lead to soggy idlis. So when you bite the cubes, you won't get the crispy taste. Here we go with our idli fry recipe.

Chilli Idli Fry Info:

Prep Time

15 Mins

Cook Time

10 Mins

Total Time

25 Mins


South Indian



Chilli Idli Fry Recipe Ingredients: (1 serving)

  • 2-3 cups idli cubes
  • 2 cups red chilli sauce
  • 2 tbsp ginger (finely chopped)
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp green chilly (finely chopped)
  • 2 tbsp garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup capsicum
  • 1/2 cup onion cubes
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • Salt as per taste
  • 2 tbsp spring onion (finely chopped)

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • To make this dish, you need to first heat a pan, and put 2 tbsp oil in the pan. If it is a
    non-stick pan the dish will cook better as the sauce and idli won’t stick to the bottom.
  • When the oil gets hot, put all the bite-sized idli cubes in the oil and cook it.
  • You have to cook the idlis until they turn light brown. Once you reach this stage, keep
    them aside.
  • Take another pan and heat it. Put the 1 tbsp oil that is left with you. Once the oil starts
    to heat, add green chilly, ginger, and garlic to sauté them for a min.
  • The next step in this idli fry recipe is to add the onions and sauté them for 1 min.
  • Now add the chopped capsicums in the pan and sauté it for 1 min at medium flame.
  • Now you are at the end of this idli fry recipe, so add the tomato ketchup, soy sauce,
    vinegar, salt, sugar, and red chilli sauce. Once you have added them, just give it a good
    stir. Keep stirring for 1 minute at medium flame.
  • Now add the already sautéed idlis and toss it in the sauce you have made.

End the idli fry recipe by garnishing the dish with finely chopped onions. Serve hot and enjoy the dish!