Idli Fry | Masala Idli Fry | Leftover Idli Recipes


Idli Fry is a quick fried snack prepared with leftover idlis and aromatics. Use only refrigerated idlis and never use fresh idlis since they break up in hot oil and they absorb lot of oil too. Also fresh idli bits tend to stick together making it difficult to fry evenly. Do not let the idli pieces to brown too much. Masala Idli Fry should be crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Compared to normal idlis, I love fried idlis and with a bowl of red hot sambar it tastes simply heavenly. Masala Idli Fry is my favorite tea time snack relished with a cup of hot masala chai. I love this combination and the best thing is this is not ‘junk’, the word we frequently hear these days. This is a great after school snack, quite filling and very healthy too. I do not deep fry but always opt for shallow frying and with less oil I make the outside crisp. There is not much wastage of oil and with tissue papers I wipe off excess oil if any.

These Leftover Idli Recipes are in a way the best innovative snacks of all time that you will cherish forever. This is the newly introduced snack item in my home. My kids are satisfied, but in my case there is an exception, I reduce the chilly flavor for my sweet kids. Certain days I pack Masala Idli Fry as tiffin too. Anyhow when I checked, it went well with them, no complaining. For any mother it is real joy to discover your family satisfied with what you prepare. Idlis are nutritious, rich in protein and other vital nutrients required for body. And Idli Fry in my opinion is one of the easiest snacks you can prepare, provided you have leftover idlis in refrigerator. You can discover a well detailed Idli Fry recipe here.

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Idli Fry | Masala Idli Fry | Leftover Idli Recipes

Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 People


  • 10 nos. Idli
  • 1 tbsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
  • Salt as required
  • Curry leaves
  • Oil for frying


  • Take a bowl and add all the masala powders and pour little water (1-2 tbsp) to make a paste.
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  • Cut each idli into 4 pieces. It is always better to refrigerate the idli for a few hours before you fry them so that they don’t break in oil while frying. Marinate the idli pieces in the masala.
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  • Heat oil in a pan. If you don’t want to shallow fry then you can also deep fry the idlis. Don’t make the fries too brown. They should be crisp from outside and soft from inside.
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  • Serve the Idli Fry with sambar or coconut chutney or tomato sauce.
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