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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Kaima Idli Recipe - Saravana Bhavan Special!

Kaima Idli Recipe
Saravana Bhavan Kaima idli/Chilli Idli - Are you a fan of it? Then this recipe is just for you....Leftover Idlis deep fried and cooked in a spicy tomato based gravy ...a true winner!It is super spiccyy sure a treat for all spicy food lovers out there! And for kids you can follow my dry non spicy version given below.
Kaima Idli Recipe

Kaima Idli Recipe (Saravana Bhavan Style) - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian|Recipe Reference : HomeCooksRed Chilli Curry

Left Over Idli's - 6
Onion - 1 chopped finely
Ginger garlic paste - 2 tsp
Tomato puree - from 2 medium sized tomatoes
Green Peas - 1/4 cup
Green Capsicum - 1 small cubed
Kashmiri Chilly Powder - 2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1 tsp
Coriander Leaves - 2 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - to deep fry

To temper:

Oil - 2 tsp
Fennel seeds powder - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Green Chilli - 1 chopped finely

Method:

  1. Cut the idli's into small cubes and deep fry them in oil till it becomes dark golden brown , keep aside.
    How to make kaima idli - Step1
  2. Heat oil in a pan - add the items under 'to temper' and allow it to splutter.Then add onions,ginger garlic paste and saute till onions turn light brown.Then add tomato puree along with red chilli,coriander and garam masala powders.Add required salt and mix well.
    How to make kaima idli - Step2
  3. Cook till raw smell of tomatoes leave. Meanwhile pressure cook peas for 2 whistles and add peas and capsicum together to the dry gravy.
    How to make kaima idli - Step3
  4. Give a quick stir, add 1/2 cup water and allow the gravy to boil for 3mins in sim.
    How to make kaima idli - Step4
  5. Finally add the deep fried idlis and toss it well.Dont mash it just turn over so that the masalas coat on all sides of the idlies.Finally garnish with coriander leaves, switch off and add lemon juice.
    How to make kaima idli - Step4
Serve hot with wedges of lemon and onion raita - the best combo!
Kaima Idli Recipe - Saravana Bhavan Special!

My Notes:

  • Always use a days leftover idlis and keep them refrigerated (preferably overnight or atleast for 3 hrs) so that it drinks less oil and doesnt stick to each other.For any deep fry if you refrigerate for sometime, it will sure drink less oil.
  • This is a spicy version , but when accompanied with onion raita it balances well.
  • The gravy should be semi runny while adding the fried idlis so that it coats well and also the idlis absorbs the masalas.
  • Adding peas is purely optional but I saw it in the restaurant so added it.
  • You can replace tomato puree with 2 chopped tomatoes too.
  • I used kashmiri chilli powder to get the bright red color.
Kaima Idli Recipe - Saravana Bhavan Special!

Kaima Idli Recipe(My Version) - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Serves : 1
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Left Over Idli's: 3
Onion - 1 chopped finely
Tomato - 1 chopped finely
Green Chilies - 1 chopped finely
Green Capsicum - 1/2 chopped finely
Chilly Powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch (optional)
Pav Bhaji Masala Powder / Garam Masala Powder - 1 tsp
Coriander Leaves - 2 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp

To temper:

Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves -1 sprig
Green Chilli - 1 sliced thin
Oil - 1 tsp
Kaima Idli Recipe

Method:

  1. Cut the idli's into small cubes and saute them in oil till it becomes toasted slightly, keep aside. You can also deep fry the idlies which is what the orginal recipe says.Drizzle oil in a pan and heat it up - add the items under 'to temper' and allow it to splutter.
    How to make kaima idli - Step1
  2. Add onion and garlic - saute till slightly browned then add tomato saute till its mushy and raw smell leaves. Then add capsicum, salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder / pav bhaji masala powder and mix well, saute for 2mins.
    How to make kaima idli - Step2
  3. Saute till the masala is well blended. Sprinkle little water just for blending if its too dry. Add the toasted idlies and combine. Switch off - Add lemon juice and garnish with coriander leaves.
    How to make kaima idli - Step3
I did reserve only 3 idlis this time and the kaima idlis finished off in no time!
Kaima Idli Recipe


Written by: SHARMILEE J

17 comments:

  1. I was waiting for this post...
    Pass on the plate, you make me drool!

    To get the red colour, fry idli's till they turn golden colour and use kashmiri chilli powder.

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  2. Hmm looks delicious isnt it? an excellent way to use the leftover idlis :)

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  3. Aaa Saravana bhawan special...kaima idly, lovely!:)

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  4. first time here. nice clicks sharmilee. Kaima idly is my fav too. and the valakai podimas is very inviting.bookmarked.

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  5. It's a mouthwatering receipe. By looking itself makes me tempting. Thks for posting this.

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  6. By seeing itself my mouth becomes watery. Thks for posting such a nice receipe.

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  7. Very nice. Another option for the color is to use 'bedage' red chilly. That is popular in Andhra, South Karnataka etc., not too spicy but gives a nice dark red color.

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  8. Hi Sharmi, I am great fan of all ur recipes and saravana bhavan kaima idli. Thank you very much for the post.

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  9. Thank you sharmi for mentioned my site name. I am big fan of you. So professional and lots of amazing recipes. I have commented on lots of recipes from ur site, I love them so much. But always worried y u never replied or visited the site so nice to have a fellow blogger like you. Thank you.

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  10. anitha ganesh
    hi sharmi i like this recipes its looks great,i hav a doubt instead of idly shall v use bread b'cas i am a working women no time for make a idly thatsy help me out this

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  11. Hi Sharmi,

    Can you tell me how you prepared tomato puree?

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    1. Just grind raw tomatoes to make a fine puree.For the other way check out my homemade tomato puree post...

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  12. Can we use store bought tomato puree

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  13. wow recipe..awesome idea for morning time n also for snacks...Thanks

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  14. wow recipe...perfect recipe for morning n snacks also....Thanks :)..Looking ahead more recipe...

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