Monday, February 17, 2014

Idli Manchurian Recipe - Leftover Idli Recipes

Idli Manchurian Recipe
Idli Manchurian has become my recent favorites....I have tried many manchurian recipes mainly for posting here now making manchurian has become a breeze these days.Last week, I had few leftover idlis from the previous nights dinner and had all other ingredients needed for idli manchurian so set out to make idli manchurian ....It is no fancy just like other manchurian recipes with few modifications.Now lets get onto learn how to make idli manchurian recipe.
Idli Manchurian Recipe

Idli Manchurian Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Side dish / Starter | Recipe Cuisine: Indo Chinese

For the batter :

Idli - 5 cut into sqaures
Cornflour - 2 tbsp
Maida - 2 tbsp
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Red chilli powder - 3/4 tsp
Oil - to toast

For the manchurian:

Oil - 1 tbsp
Capsicum - 1/2 cut into squares
Garlic - 1 tsp chopped finely
Ginger - 1 tsp chopped finely
Big Onion - 3 tbsp finely chopped
Soya sauce - 1/4 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
Tomato sauce - 2 tbsp
Cornflour - 1/2 tsp mixed with 2 tbsp water
Salt - to taste
Spring onions(white part)- 1/2 tbsp white part
Spring onions(green part)- 2 tbsp green part


  1. If you are making your batch of idlis fresh then refrigerate it atleast for 30mins.Then cut the idlis into small cubes.In a mixing bowl mix all the ingredients under 'for the batter(except oil and idlis)' add little water to form a thick paste. How to make idli manchurian - Step1
  2. Dip the idlis cubes into the batter and tawa toast it(or deep fry) . I used my trusted Nirlep tawa, added less oil and toasted till golden brown.Drain in tissue paper. How to make  idli manchurian - Step2
  3. Get all the ingredients ready for the manchurian.Heat oil in a pan and add garlic,ginger and spring onions white part saute for a minute.Add onion saute until slightly browned.How to make idli manchurian - Step3
  4. Then add capsicum, saute for 2mins. Let the onions and capsicum retain its crispiness and do not let them turn brown.Then add soya sauce and mix well in high flame.Now reduce the flame and add tomato sauce and required salt.Add cornflour mixture and little water to make it saucy. How to make idli manchurian - Step4
  5. Bring the sauce to a quick boil. Add fried idlis, pepper powder and give a toss for the sauce to coat well. Garnish with spring onions green part, give a quick mix and serve hot. How to make idli manchurian - Step5
Serve hot with any fried rice of your choice or just as a starter.Serve immediately before it becomes soggy. Idli Manchurian Recipe

My Notes:

  • Dont skip spring onions as it gives a nice flavour.
  • Refrigerating idlis helps in giving firm idli cubes with no crumbles.
  • Soya sauce forms the base for any manchurian.You can even use green chilli sauce / red chilli sauce
  • The consistency is purely your choice, you can make it saucy like how I have did or make it dry too.
  • Always serve hot as it may turn soggy when rested for a while.
  • Adding cornflour water mixture is purely optional - this is just to make the sauce thick.
  • Dont add more soya sauce than the mentioned amount else it will change the taste and make the manchurian more darker in color.
  • After the fried idlis are added just toss it, thats enough.
Idli Manchurian Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Yummy dish..I am drooling..awesome pictures and superb explanation Sharmi just rock:):)

  2. Yummy yummy.will try next after having leftover idlis

  3. Super like ........ Looking so tempting !!

  4. Oh that looks yum! Delicious!

  5. hai sharmi kid s lunchbox series is really superb. can u please do a picnic food or travelling food series too.or may b a roundup of picnic food recipes on ur wil b really helpful

  6. Hai Sharmi,
    Going through your lovey recipes for sometime.Both the pics. and the recipes are tempting.
    Congratulations.Also happy to note that we are in the same city.Hope to meet you once.

  7. Hi Sharmi, please try & post chilli parotta recipe... hope it should be similar to idli manchurian :)

    1. I have already posted Chilli Parotta....Please check recipe index

  8. Hi Sharmi.. Can I use rice flour instead of corn flour?

  9. Hii sharmii ....tried idli Manchurian.. It came out really nice nd yummy...nd tasted like chilly chicken veg ...I loved d way u present ur recipes ...its really nice nd unique...wil surely try other recipes

  10. Sharmilee i tried this receipe last nite for a get together and was super hit...everyone loved it

  11. I ve tried it and its awesome


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