Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Idli Manchurian | Leftover Idli Recipes

Contrary to many of our friends,we love idli.A relaxed breakfast of idli and piping hot sambhar with some thick coconut chutney on the side is surely our idea of a comfort breakfast.Ever since acquiring a wet grinder,I've been whipping up idli batter in bulk so that we can have dosa any time we fancy and of course those cold leftover idlis which open up so many possibilities for a probable snack.
Idli Manchurian

Remember DK's Idli fry which we talked about a while back?Well,I had planned to try it when suddenly this idea popped up.I remember having chilly idli and podi idli in Sangeetha which was actually made with mini button idlis.So slowly the idea of manchurian came up.

I am sure many of you have heard about or tried this dish,this is my take on it.It is made in a similar way as how you'd go about making a Gobi/Baby Corn Manchurian.
Idli Manchurian

Idli Manchurian


Cold Idli - 5-7,chopped into small cubes

For the batter

All purpose flour/Maida - 1 cup
Cornflour - 1/2 cup
Salt - 1 tsp
Pepper - 1/2 tsp
Water to mix the batter
Oil to deep fry

For the Manchurian sauce

Oil - 1 tbsp
Onion - 1 big,finely chopped
Green chilly - 1,finely chopped
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Capsicum - half of one big,chopped
Tomato sauce - 1 tbsp
Soya sauce - 1 tbsp
Vinegar - 1 tsp
Sugar - 1 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp(you could add chilly sauce as well)
Salt to taste
Cornflour - 1 tbsp,mixed with 1/4 cup of water


Idli Manchurian-step1 
Make a batter using the ingredients mentioned-starting with flour,cornflour,salt,pepper and water.
Idli Manchurian-step2 
In a kadai add enough oil to deep fry.Dip the chopped idli into the batter and deep fry till golden brown and crisp.Drain on absorbent paper and keep aside.
Idli Manchurian-step3 
In a non-stick pan add oil and saute the onions and green chilly till golden brown.
Mix in the ginger garlic paste and saute for 3-4 minutes or till the raw smell goes.
Idli Manchurian-step4 
Add the chopped capsicum,tomato sauce,soya sauce,vinegar,sugar,chilly powder and salt to taste and stir well.
Idli Manchurian-step5 
Now add the cornflour slurry and mix well till you get a thick manchurian sauce.
Idli Manchurian-step6 
Mix in the fried idlis and stir well till the idli gets coated with the sauce and turns crisp.
Switch off the flame,garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.
Idli Manchurian

  • It is easier to chop the idli when it is cold,so leftover idli works best for this recipe.Cold idli doesn't soak up oil too while frying.
  • Though it tastes great as a starter,I had it as a meal by itself and was too full after the 5th piece.Perfect for those gossip sessions with your girlfriends:)
Now for the giveaway winner.So many of you wrote in to say what you wished for and now my wishlist is getting bigger and bigger:).I chose the random generator to pick the winner and the winner is

Siri Pulipaka - Congrats Siri! Please send me your shipping address to divyakudua@gmail.com at the earliest and your prize would be on its way!


  1. Absolutely lip smacking and very inviting! Great pictures Divya..loved it!

  2. slurrrrrrrrrrrrrp finger licking idli manchurian.In chinese menu I really love the cauliflower manchurian.This idli one also sounds yummy.

  3. tempting idli manchurian. i love eating it at hotels. nice way 2 do at home.

    could u pls suggest where i can buy dark chocolate in chennai,which u are specified in baking session. so far i used hershley and cadbury.
    pls any one let suggest the shop to buy baking items.


    1. I get my stock from Cochin but you can try out Nuts and Spices and Brown Tree outlets in Chennai.For baking supplies,check out Viveka/Venus Essence mart on Waltax road,adjacent to Central station.

  4. Oh my god. Such a brilliant idea. It looks SO good. Please teach me how to click such beautiful pictures!

    Also, it's such a simple idea to impress friends and family. I plan to make it really soon! :)

  5. Woww.. looks super delicious and tempting.. lovely step by step clicks.. Congrats to the winner :D
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  6. just love idli manchuri,when I prepared this for d first time(more than 5 yrs back) my inlaws were surprised to know that it is made up of idli...yumm yumm

  7. Gr8 idea dear..Looks tempting..

  8. you have no idea how much i love this.. this was so famous at a local restaurant back in Coimbatore.. i m making some idli batter right away

  9. very beautiful presentation Divya, and a must try... http://cooklikepriya.blogspot.com/

  10. Wow, its so tempting .. abs delicious )

  11. looks sooo very good!.......as usual nice step by step pics.....congrats to the winner(i just saw the post...sniff!)

  12. thats very unique... love the idea of using leftover idli

  13. Slurp,irresistible idli manchurian..Makes me hungry..

  14. I love the idea.. But I never have leftover idlis anymore :( Maybe I should make spare to make this :-)

  15. oh yum! i love machurian of any kind, just pass me the plate is what i say :D

  16. I just love idlis and this looks even more tempting than original idlis! Thanks for sharing.

  17. I just happened to have hit upon your page by accident.. very well written out recipe and pictorial presentations are also good.. I hope I can make the dish as well as its presented here. Thanks.

  18. Thanks for this recipe and the efforts taken to post the step by step process in such great detail.

  19. It helped a lot. Thanks a ton for publishing such a yummy recipe. Its a big help when non-kitchen kid has to enter and make it. ;)


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