Idli Chilli Recipe



  • 4-6 idlis
  • 2 tablespoons corn flour
  • 1 large onion,finely chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes finely chopped
  • 2-3 green chillies slit
  • 2 teaspoons crushed ginger-garlic
  • 2 teaspoons tomato sauce (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 10-12 Curry Leaves
  • ½ teaspoon Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Oil for deep frying


Step 1

Cut the cold idlis into bite sized cubes. Mix cornflour,rice flour and little salt in a bowl and toss the idlis. Set aside for 5 minutes.

Step 2

In the meantime finely chop the onion,tomatoes,cube the bell pepper, slit or finely chop the green chillies and crush the ginger garlic.

Step 3

Heat oil for deep frying and fry the idli cubes in hot oil in medium high flame. They should become golden brown and crisp. Remove to a kitchen towel and set aside.

Step 4

Remove the oil from the pan leaving about 3 teaspoons. Temper with cumin,green chillies,ginger garlic and saute well for 4-5 minutes. Add curry leaves and saute well.

Step 5

Add the finely chopped onions and saute till they become translucent.

Step 6

Add the chopped tomatoes and mix well and saute till it turns mushy.

Step 7

Add the cubed bell peppers,salt,sugar,chilli powder,turmeric powder and tomato sauce (if using). Mix well and cook till the masala leaves out oil.

Step 8

Add the fried idlis and mix gently.

Step 9

Remove from flame and add lemon juice. Serve chilli idly hot with more chopped onions and lemon wedges.

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