Chilli Idli – Kaima Idli – Left Over Idli Recipe
Chilli Idli / Kaima Idli is an Indo Chinese fusion food prepared by shallow frying bite size idli pieces in oil and then, stir frying them in the thick onion tomato soy sauce gravy. This is a left-over idli dish that you can prepare as a snack or for breakfast/dinner as a tiffin variety.
I have been preparing idlis & dosas very often for the past few meals and I myself was so bored cooking them again and again. I switched the side dishes often, but then too, I felt it boring. So, last week I decided to upgrade my dinner that was supposed to be plain idli to chili idli. It’s delicious and easy to prepare. I am sure kids would love this one. 🙂
You can prepare idlis in advance or use the left-over idlis from your previous meal. Then, all that’s left for you to make dinner is just to fry the idlis and saute them in the gravy. The addition of soy sauce & spices to the fried idlis will bring out the indo chinese flavors. You don’t need to worry about deep frying the idlis in oil as shallow frying with less oil will work perfectly to make the kaima idli. Have left over idli or batter in hand? Try this fusion recipe to reform your regular meal into an exotic one.
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Chilli Idli – Kaima Idli – Idli Fry – Left Over Idli Recipe
Idli – 4 cups (10 idlis)
Onion – 3/4 cup
Capsicum – 1 cup
Tomato – 1 cup heaped
Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
Soy Sauce – 2 tsp
Tomato Sauce – 1 tblsp
Jeera – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Chili powder – 1/2 tsp
Jeera Powder – 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
Oil – 5-6 tblsp
Salt as required
Cilantro for garnishing
- Refrigerate the left over idlis for 1-2 hours and cut them into bite-size pieces with knife.2. Add oil in the pan and shallow fry the idlis with constant stirring until it turns golden brown. Ensure that you add sufficient oil to shallow fry.3. Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan. Add Jeera, once it splutters, add onions, ginger-garlic paste followed by tomatoes and cook them until it turns mushy.4. Add turmeric, chili, jeera & coriander powder and saute them until the raw smell goes off.5. Now, add capsicum & saute it nicely to get cooked. Sprinkle water if necessary. Then, add tomato & soy sauce along with salt & mix it well.6. To the mixture, add the fried idlis & saute them until they are well blended.7. Garnish you chilli idli – Kaima idli – idly fry with cilantro & serve warm with raita or curd. Check out our special garlic raita recipe to go with this Fried idlis. 🙂
Check out our list of left-over recipe ideas here.
- Gently coat the idli pieces with oil to prevent them sticking to the pan while frying.
- To make this Chinese, replace onions & spice powders with spring onions & chilly sauce. 😀
- Add more oil/butter while frying to make it rich.
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