Chilli Idly/Kaima Idly

Today is the final day of blogging marathon#15 and the recipe is chilli idly,a super tempting dish in which leftover idlies can be used to get a tasty dish.I tasted the chilli idly in a restaurant couple of years ago in India,since then whenever I have left over idly make this one.In the original recipe idly pieces are coated in a batter and deep fried,instead I pan fried the mini idlies and used.Now off to the recipe....


Idly(cut into cubes)or mini idlies6nos.or 40pcs
Onion1no.(medium size)
Tomato 2nos.(medium size)
Ginger&garlic paste 11/2tsp
Green chilly3nos.
Red chilly powder1/2tsp
Coriander powder1tsp
Garam masala powder1/4tsp
Fennel seeds1/2tsp
Lemon Juice1/2tsp
Curry leaves2sprigs
Coriander leavesto garnish
Salt to taste
Oil 4tbs

For the marinade 

Chilly powder1/2tsp
Garam masala powder1/8tsp
Salt 1/2tsp
Corn flour 2tsp
Red food color(optional)a pinch
Oil 2tsp

                In a bowl mix the ingredients given for marinade and marinate the idly for 10 minutes.
Heat a dosa griddle,fry it with 2tbs of oil till golden and crisp.
Meanwhile heat a pan with remaining oil and crackle the fennel seeds,add the cashews,saute the onions,curry leaves and green chillies till transparent.Add the ginger and garlic paste and fry for a minute,follows the tomatoes and cook it mushy.
Now add in all the powders,give a mix,add little water,let it boil till it becomes thick and dry.Add the coriander leaves and mix it well.
Now add the idlies (pieces) and mix it gently and keep it in the low flame for 2 minutes.Finally squeeze the lemon juice and garnish it with coriander leaves.
Serve it immediately with raitha.


  • If you are using the fresh idly then keep in the refrigerator for an hour before marination.
  • For deep frying the idly,make a batter with maida,salt,ginger&garlic paste,garam masala powder and water to a thin batter.Dip the idly pieces in the batter and deep fry it in the oil in a medium flame. 
  • After adding the fried idly pieces mix it gently.
  • A tbs of coconut paste can be added along with the powders for extra rich taste.
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looks so good...I wish I can try some right now!

looks good from ur post and CLs post i have realized thst idli needs marination...

this is something i will try soon...i got the mini iddly stands recently :D

My fav tiffin with leftover idlies..yum :)

Wow looks so tempting!..lovely platter and enjoyed having you with us for BM

Wish to grab and have rite now,those mini idlis makes me hungry.

wow love this delicious recipe,luks cute and yum...

Colorful n yummy idlies..try it soon n let you know! :)

Thanks for the detail abt tutti-frutti Nalini! Unfortunately am not in East coast, n there is no Patel's grocery here. Honestly, I haven't searched for this in the Indian grocery shops here! ;) Will have a look next time. Thanks again!

spicy and cute idlies...nice recipe dear :)

very tempting chilli idli...looks so spicy n inviting Nalini...will try it sometime :)

the mini idli chilli..looks attractive and definitely yummy...

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Kids delight, Yummyyyyyy... u have great space..

This looks wonderful. sadly, I never have leftover idli haha. I'll have to use freshly made...

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