Idli chilli recipe – How to make idli chilli recipe – Indian snacks recipes | easy idli recipes

Idli chilli is a very delicious snack made with leftover idlis.  You can also use fresh regular idlis or mini idlis for this recipe.  Idli chilli is also a easy snack which can be prepared in less than half an hour.  You can have it as a breakfast dish or as an evening snack or as an appetizing party starter.  It is a nice way to use the leftover idlis.  Chilli idli is a dry preparation of south indian idlis cooked in a chinese gravy. 


Prep Time : 10 mins

Cook Time : 10 mins

Servings :  2 persons

Indian cuisine


Idlis – 3 nos

Onion – 1 (chopped into medium cubes)

Green capsicum (chopped into medium cubes)

Garlic cloves – 1 teaspoon (chopped finely)

Ginger (adrak) –  1/2 teaspoon (chopped finely)

Green chillies – 3 to 4 (slit vertically)

Tomato ketchup/sauce – 1 tablespoon

Soya sauce – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli sauce – 1/4 teaspoon

Vinegar – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Oil – 2 tablespoons


Cut the idlis into small equal cubes.   Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan and add the idli cubes.  Saute the idlis on medium flame for 2-3 minutes till they turn  light brown in colour.  Set aside.

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To the same pan, add another 1 tablespoon of oil.  Heat the pan on a medium flame.  Once hot, add chopped onions, garlic cloves, ginger and green chillies.  Saute on medium flame for a minute.

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Add chopped capsicum and saute on medium flame for another 1-2 minutes.  Keep stirring occasionally. (Do not overcook and let onions and capsicums retain their crispiness).  Then add red chilli sauce, tomato sauce, soya sauce and vinegar.

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Mix all the ingredients well.  Now add the sautéed idlis and give a good toss.  Sprinkle little salt and mix well.   Cook on a low flame for a minute.  Switch off the flame.

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Serve chilli idli immediately.



You can also deep-fry the idlis instead of shallow frying them.

Add salt carefully, as the sauces already has enough salt in it.

Always serve chilli idli immediately, as they tend to become soggy after some time.

Garnish with chopped spring onion greens and serve.

If you have fresh idlis, refrigerate them for half an hour and then deep fry them. This way, the idlis will not crumble while frying them.

2 Responses to Idli chilli recipe – How to make idli chilli recipe – Indian snacks recipes | easy idli recipes

  1. Vikas Khanna says:

    I never thought about Idli Chilli recipe but it looks delicious. Now I will surely try this dish at home.
    Thanks for sharing… 😀

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