Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Kaima Idli Recipe-Leftover Idly Recipe

This is a simple and quick dish made with leftover idlis. It can be had as a snack or even for dinner. If you are bored of eating plain idlis, make this kaima idli for a change. Today we will learn how to make kaima idli following this easy recipe with step wise pictures. 

Chilli Idli

Leftover Idly Recipe-Kaima Idli

Kaima Idli

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Yields: 1 cup
 Recipe CategoryDinner-Breakfast
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Leftover idli - 3
   Onion - 1 big
   Tomato - 2 medium size
   Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
   Green chilli - 1 finely chopped
   Garlic -3 cloves finely chopped
   Oil for frying the idlis
   Salt needed

   Spice Powder

   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Chilli Powder - 3/4 tsp
   Coriander powder - 2 tsp
   Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 1  tbsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp finely chopped


Refrigerate the idlis for 2 hours to prevent it from sticking to the pan when frying. Then cut the idlis into medium sized pieces.

Cut onion lengthwise and chop tomatoes. Finely chop ginger, green chillies and garlic. Keep everything ready.

leftover idli recipe


Heat oil in a pan/kadai and fry the idlis on medium heat until golden brown. It is usually deep fried but I shallow fried the idlis.

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add onion, ginger, garlic, green chillies and curry leaves.

Kaima idli recipe

Saute until onions turn light brown. Add chopped tomatoes, salt needed and all the spice powder mentioned under "spice powder".

how to make chilli idli

Cook on medium heat until the tomatoes become mushy. You may add a tbsp of water, if the masala is too dry.

kaima idli

Add the fried idlies and mix well so that the idlis are well coated with the masala.

how to make chilli idli

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot. Idlis are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It taste great with the masala. 

Enjoy making this healthy shallow fried Kaima idli for breakfast or dinner or even as a tea time snack.

Note - You can also add chopped capsicum along with tomatoes.

You might like my Idli Upma recipe and chilli dosa recipe.

Do try it and give me your feedback. Thank you for visiting Padhuskitchen.


  1. I make this stir fried idlis often.I also add sambar masala to this preparation as it lends d idlis a perfect taste n flavour.thanx for posting d recipe.

  2. I tried this today. Idly got stuck to the pan. does it means I didn't refrigerate it enough?

    1. Yes or your idli might be sticky otherwise it will not stick to the pan. Also be a little generous in adding oil.

  3. Any suggestions on what this can be had with?Sambhar or khurma?

    1. This tastes good as such. You don't need side dish for this.

  4. Padhu can you please tell me the difference between deep and shallow frying? How to do and what are their outcomes?

    1. Wikipedia defines deep frying as "Deep frying (also referred to as deep fat frying) is a cooking method in which food is submerged in hot fat, most commonly oil, rather than the shallow oil used in conventional frying, done in a frying pan.
      Shallow fried dishes are healthier than deep fried ones. Outcomes - usually deep fried are more tastier but I personal prefer shallow frying.

  5. Tried with rava idli shallow fried in ghee and it came out well . Thanks so much for the recipe :)

  6. Hi mam. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. One small doubt. I do not like to eat tomota as such. So can I replace tomato with tomato paste in this recipe?

  7. Can i freeze the idlis for 30 minutes instead of refrigeration of 2 hours?


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