Idli 65 Recipe - Idli Fritter Stir fry
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Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4 People
  • Idli, cubed- 12
  • Oil- for deep frying
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Green chilies, halved- 2
For making the Batter
  • Ginger-garlic paste- ½ tbsp
  • Soy sauce- ½ tbsp ( use low-sodium soy sauce)
  • All purpose flour- 3 tbsp
  • Corn starch- 2 tbsp
  • Kashmiri chili powder- ½ tsp
  • Ground pepper- ¼ tsp
  • Water- ¼ cup
  • Salt- 2 pinches
For making Idli 65
  • Oil- 2 tbsp used for frying idlis
  • Ginger, minced- 1 inch slice
  • Garlic, minced- 2 cloves
  • Onion, minced- 1 (or shred it in a food processor)
  • Green pepper, minced- ½ (or shred it in a food processor)
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Soy sauce- 2 tbsp
  • Tomato paste- 2 tbsp
  • Water- ¼ cup
  • Ground pepper- ¼ tsp
  • Kashmiri chili powder- ½ tsp (or use regular chili powder if you want more spice)
  • Lemon juice- 1 tsp
  • Cilantro, chopped- 2 handful
  1. Cut each Idlis into quarters. Keep aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients mentioned "for making the batter" into a thick smooth batter.
  3. Place a frying pan or wok over medium heat, add enough oil for frying.
  4. Add curry leaves and green chilies into the oil.
  5. Dip the cubed idlis in the batter, coat them well and fry in the oil till golden in color.
  6. If you prefer, you could even shallow fry the idlis dipped in the batter.
  7. Transfer to a kitchen paper towel. Keep aside.
  8. Use the same pan or wok used for frying Idlis. Use only 2 tbsp oil used for frying the Idlis.
  9. Add minced ginger and garlic, saute till golden in color.
  10. Add minced onion, season with 2 pinches of salt and saute till onions turn light golden in color.
  11. Add minced green pepper, saute for 3 minutes till the raw smell goes away.
  12. Add soy sauce, tomato paste, combine well and cook for a few seconds.
  13. Add ground pepper, chili powder, saute for a few seconds.
  14. The mixture will turn very dry.
  15. Add water to thin down, let the gravy come to a slight boil.
  16. Add the fried idlis, combine well with the sauce.
  17. Drizzle lemon juice and sprinkle cilantro over it.
  18. Stir fry for a couple of minutes till the gravy gets dry.
  19. Remove from the heat, serve on a plate, garnish with cilantro, lemon wedges and green chili.
  20. Serve as an appetizer and enjoy when it's warm.
Make sure to mince the onions and green pepper, or shred them in a food processor.
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