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idli fry recipe

Simple Idli Fry Recipe - Plain Tawa Idli Fry Recipe For Breakfast

Simple idly fry recipe helps you to make simple and easy fried idlis using leftover idlis for a delicious and quick South Indian style breakfast which can be served with chutney or sambar.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2


  • 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.


Serve the roasted or fried idlis with chutney, sambar, idli podi or any curry to bring a delicious yet easy twist to the simple South Indian style breakfast or snack.