6 Ways To Turn Leftover Idlis Into Perfect Evening Snacks
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Hardly there is anybody who does not like indulging in the popular South Indian breakfast that is idli. Beyond being light and fluffy, they are healthy to the core. Idli are satisfying, wholesome meals that do not become heavy on the stomach. Moreover, they are easy to digest as well.   

Idlis are popularly made for breakfast. It is loved by people of all groups. However, owing to its lovely taste and texture, people end up making it more than required. What to do with these leftover idlis? Well, throwing them is not an option; a perfect makeover can be given to these idlis. 

Yummy and satisfying dishes can be made in less than 30 minutes with the leftover idlis. They can be preferably consumed as snacks in the evening. Besides, these recipes enhance the flavour of the idlis. Why wait? Take a look at some of them:   

  • Masala Idli  

This is a twist on the traditional South Indian idli. To make the masala idli, cut the refrigerated idlis into cubes. In a pan, add coconut oil and cumin seeds. Add ginger-garlic paste and cook for a few minutes till the raw aroma evaporates. Add chopped onions and fry till golden brown. Add chopped tomatoes, green chillies, turmeric powder, salt, and pav bhaji masala. Mix it well and add the idlis. Give it a toss and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.   

  • Idli Fries   

If you're tired of regular French fries, try these idli fries. They are made by cutting the idlis into thin strips, coating them in a masala-flavoured batter, and deep-frying them. These fries have a crispy outer layer and a soft, melt-in-the-mouth inner layer. This new variety can be enjoyed in the evening with chai.   

  • Idli Tikka  

This is a fusion of South and North Indian cuisines. The leftover idlis are cut into cubes and skewered along with colourful vegetables like bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes and grilled to perfection, imparting a delightful smoky flavour. This can be served with mint chutney and garnished with fresh coriander leaves.   

  • Chilli Idli   

You must have heard about the Indo-Chinese chilli chicken and chilli paneer recipes. But what is this chilli idli? This can be made out of leftover idlis. The idlis are cut into bite-sized pieces and tossed in a tantalising mixture of spices, herbs, sauces, and chilli peppers. The addition of ingredients such as onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes further enhances the dish's complexity.    

  • Idli Upma   

This is a twist on the traditional upma. To make this dish, leftover idlis are crumbled or chopped into small pieces and then sauteed with onions, mustard seeds, curry leaves, and various spices. Sometimes, ingredients like tomatoes, green chilies, and grated coconut are also added to enhance the taste.


  • Idli Chaat   

If you love any type of chaat, then this one is the perfect one. Soft and fluffy idlis are cut into bite-sized pieces and then tossed with an assortment of tangy and spicy chutneys, crunchy sev, chopped onions, tomatoes, and fresh coriander. The idli chaat provides a soft base with zesty and savoury toppings.