Simple Indian Fried Idlis Recipe

Indian Idlis
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  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 8 to 10 Idlis (10 Servings)

Idlis—savory rice cakes—were introduced into South Indian cuisine around the year 1250 and probably originated in Indonesia. Since that time, these cakes have become popular far beyond that South Asian country; chefs and home cooks have introduced many variations, including steamed idlis as well as fried rice cakes, which you can make with this recipe. This dish is so easy to make and goes well served with sambar or South Indian coconut chutney.


  • 8 to 10 idlis (cut into quarters)
  • 6 to 8 curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon mustard leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ​​turmeric powder
  • 2 dry red chilies
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable, canola or sunflower cooking oil

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed pan on a medium flame.

  2. Add the curry leaves, dry red chilies, and mustard seeds and cook until the spluttering stops.

  3. Add the turmeric powder and idlis; mix well.

  4. Season with salt and mix well.

  5. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves and serve 

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