Fried Idli Recipe - Idli Diaries!

Idli is among the staple dishes served in the southern part of India. Age-old recipes of idli have been passed on over the years, and it has now become one of the most popular dishes not just in all parts of India, but the world. Several types of batter can be used to make your favorite type of idli. Fried variety of idli is a modern type made with the basic ingredients. The following is the recipe to make Fried Idli.

Fried Idli Recipe Info:

Prep Time

10 Mins

Cook Time

15 mins

Total Time

25 Mins


South Indian


Breakfast or Snack

Fried Idli Ingredients (2 Servings):

  • Idli Batter
  • Salt to Taste

You can either start this recipe with leftover idlis or freshly prepared ones. Check out the following steps if you wish to make the idlis fresh with the ready-made batter.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • Transfer your ready-made Idli batter in a large vessel.
  • Mix the batter properly until all the air bubbles are properly removed. These air bubbles can leave holes in your idli if you don’t remove them properly.
  • Check the salt level of your batter. Add some salt (as required) to ensure that your idli is cooked in the right taste.
  • Mix the batter once again to uniformly spread the salt in the idli batter.
  • If the batter is not in your desired consistency, you can always add the required quantity of water and mix it properly to get the right consistency. Remember that the batter must always be thick for preparing idlis.
  • Take some oil in a kitchen towel and grease the idli stands.
  • Pour the batter in the moulds and sprinkle some water over it if needed. Keep it aside.
  • Now take a steamer and place it over medium flame. Add some water and allow it to boil properly.
  • Once you see the bubbles forming in the water, place the idli stand in the steamer.
  • Steam the idlis for 10 minutes. Ensure that the flame is set on medium-high.
  • Turn off the stove after this. Allow the steamer to cool for 2 minutes before removing the idli plates.
  • Now remove the steamer and let the idlis cool for 5 minutes.
  • Using a spoon, remove the idlis and place them in a vessel.
  • Let the idlis cool for about 4 hours.
  • Once the idlis are ready, cut them in desired shape and place them in another vessel.
  • In a kadhai, heat some oil and add the small idlis pieces.
  • Fry them while ensuring that the pieces don’t stick with each other.
  • Take these fried idli pieces out on a paper towel to soak the excess oil.

Your fried idlis are not ready yet:)  Serve them with the side dish of your choice or our kempu chutney or sambar.