Go Back
+ servings

Chilli Idli | Chilli Idli Fry

Chilli Idli is a tasty & spicy Idli makeover dish made by frying Idli, capsicum, onion in chilli powder & sauce. Chiili Idli could be relished as an evening snack or a main course for dinner. How to make Chilli Idli is explained in this post with step by step pictures.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings2 people
AuthorSharmilee J


  • 3 idlis
  • 3/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 capsicum cut into squares
  • 1 tsp garlic chopped finely
  • 1/2 tsp ginger chopped finely
  • 2 green chilli small sliced
  • 3 tbsp big onion chopped finely
  • 1/2 tsp sugar optional
  • 1/4 tsp soya sauce
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli sauce
  • 1/4 tsp tomato sauce
  • 1/4 tsp pepper powder
  • salt to taste
  • oil to deep fry


  • Cut the idlis into small cubes. If you are making your batch of idlis fresh then refrigerate it at least for 30mins.
  • I used leftover idli so cut it instantly.
  • Refrigerate the idli cubes for 10-15mins.
  • Heat oil in a kadai just enough for the idlis to immerse fully.
  • When oil is hot, deep fry the idlis.
  • Turn over and fry till golden brown.
  • Drain in tissue paper and set aside. Get all the ingredients ready .
  • Heat oil in a pan and add garlic, ginger and green chillies. Saute for a minute.
  • Add onion saute until slightly browned.
  • Then add capsicum, saute for 2mins.
  • Let the onions and capsicum retain its crispiness and do not let them turn brown.
  • Now add red chilli powder.
  • Saute for a minute.
  • Then add the sauces.
  • Bring the sauce to a quick boil.
  • Add fried idlis and give a toss for the sauce to coat well. Switch off.
  • Garnish Chilli Idli with spring onions.


  • I didn’t have spring onions so skipped it.
  • You can add spring onions white part while adding garlic and the green part for the ginal garnish.
  • Refrigerating idlis helps in giving firm idli cubes with no crumbles while deep frying.
  • While deep frying if the idlis stick, then refrigerate for few more mins and then start deep frying.
  • The idlis should be crisp while eating so just toss the idlis and switch off.
  • Always serve hot as it may turn soggy when rested for a while.
  • Dont add more soya sauce than the mentioned amount else it will change the taste and color.
Nutrition Facts
Chilli Idli | Chilli Idli Fry
Amount Per Serving (150 g)
Calories 310 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0.2g1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.2g
Sodium 221mg10%
Potassium 204mg6%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1265IU25%
Vitamin C 45mg55%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tried this recipe?Mention @sharmispassions or tag #sharmispassions
Like our video?Subscribe to our youtube channel to get latest updates!