This easy and simple idli fry recipe uses homemade mini idlis to make quick and easy fried idlis. See below the picture of simple and delicious idli fry served with sambar.
The regular idlis can be (leftover idli or once they are cooled enough) lightly fried or roasted to make delicious fried idlis.
This simple idli fry recipe is an easy way to use any leftover idlis that you prepared, and also a fantastic way to fix any sticky or hard idlis that didn't turn out with the right texture.
Idlis are best when they are soft and hot, but if your idlis didn't turn out soft due to any reason, try making fried idlis or tawa roasted idlis like this, which should fix the problem!
To make mini idlis in regular idli cooker, I usually use half the amount of batter (about 1 tablespoon) in each mould.
As I mentioned earlier, I recommend using small or mini idlis for this simple idli fry recipe. If you are using regular sized idlis instead of mini idlis, you can slice across the idlis to make it two thin idlis, or you can slice the idlis into pieces, whichever way you prefer.
If you have a regular idli cooker, you can reduce the amount of batter by about half to make mini idlis in the regular cooker.
For example, if you usually use two tablespoons of idli batter in each mould to make the idlis, try making mini idlis by using just one tablespoon of batter. That way the idlis may appear a little thin and flat, but they are perfect to be used in this simple idli fry recipe.
But don't worry if you have left over idlis that are medium sized or large sized, just follow the instructions after slicing the idlis to reduce the size. The reason why I tell you to use either mini idlis or to slice the large idlis is because then only the idlis will get roasted perfectly.
This is a very simple, quick, easy and plain idly fry and we are not using much seasonings to flavor the idlis further (other than the optional spices), so roasting the idlis until they are lightly golden brown in color is very important (which is very easy to do!) and if the idlis are thick, it won't get roasted in the middle.
So make sure to use thin mini idlis or slice the idlis before you roast them in the pan or tawa. Though we can always make this plain without any spices or seasoning, feel free to add a little of your favorite seasonings if you wish.
So here is how you can prepare idli fry or easy fried idlis following this simple idli fry recipe or tawa idlii fry recipe.
Simple Idli Fry Recipe Below
Simple Idli Fry Recipe - Plain Tawa Idli Fry Recipe For Breakfast
- idlis 8 I recommend using mini idlis
- oil 3 to 4 tablespoons preferably sesame oil or coconut oil
- salt as needed
Extra Ingredients (optional)
- red chili powder 1 teaspoon
- garlic powder 1 teaspoon
- If you are using mini idlis, just like I used, you don't need to slice them as they can be easily roasted on either sides. If you using large or medium sized idlis, cut them in to medium sized pieces, or you can cut them across to slice the idlis in half to make each idli two equal halves, so each slice will be quite thin and can be easily roasted.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in an iron skillet (you may use iron pan or non stick pan too) and place 3 to 4 idlis in a single layer. Depending up on the size of the pan or skillet used, you may increase or reduce the number of idlis used at the same time, make sure to place the idlis in a single layer and not to overcrowd the pan or skillet.
- Sprinkle salt over the idlis in the skillet. If you are using the optional ingredients of red chili powder and garlic powder, sprinkle about half of that too.
- Lightly roast the idlis for about 2 minutes in low to medium heat or until the idlis are light golden brown in color on the bottom side.
- Once the idlis are lightly roasted on one side, gently flip the idlis using a spatula, add more salt as needed and also add the remaining red chili powder and garlic powder (if using chili powder and garlic powder) and roast the other side too, which will be done in another 1 to 2 minutes. (In case the oil is less, you may add a little more to roast the idlis perfectly).
- Transfer the roasted idlis from the skillet or pan to the serving dish, and repeat the process for the remaining idlis or sliced idli pieces by adding more oil and salt as needed.
Hope you found this post on idli fry recipe or tawa idli fry recipe helpful in making easy and yummy fried idlis for breakfast or snack.