Idli or Steamed rice Cake is a staple food in India, especially in the South. It is normally served along with chutney or sambar ( mixed vegetables curry). Since this is a fermented and steamed food, it is also very healthy and tasty , both at the same time. Idli is easy to make and does save a lot of time on a busy morning.
Almost in all households, there would be leftover idli`s from the morning breakfast. That is when we need to get to innovative ideas to get them to different snacks. This snack was very common when I was a child. Usually on a day when we had Idli`s for breakfast, and if there are leftovers, then my mom would make this simple and easy vada from the left over idli`s and soak them in the left over chutney too. So in a way both are recycled in a great manner and we would enjoy our evening snack.
This snack is very easy to make and you would enjoy the crispness of the idli`s with the wonderful chutney. Apart from this, there are other snacks also that could be prepared from leftover Idli`s like IDLI FRY or make a spicy snack like the Spicy Idli and enjoy your snacks….
Serves – 2
Prepared Idli`s – 8 nos cut into cubes
Coriander leaves finely chopped- 2 tbsp
Parsley leaves finely chopped – 2 tbsp ( Optional)
Curry Leaves – a few
Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Oil – 1 tbsp
For the Chutney
Grated Coconut – 1 cup
Onion sliced – 1 tbsp
Ginger – 1/2 tsp
Garlic – 2 medium sized cloves
Green Chilies – 3 nos
. Cube idli`s and fry them and keep it aside.
. In a blender, mix all the ingredients for the chutney to a fine paste and keep it aside.
. In a pan, heat the oil and crack the mustard seeds. To this add the finely ground paste, salt and curry leaves and allow it to just get heated ( i.e till small bubbles are seen).
. Turn off flame and transfer the mix to a bowl.
. Add the coriander and parsley leaves and mix.
. Add the fried Idli`s to this and serve immediately.
Note : Make sure that you add the idli`s only at the time of serving or else it will soak up all he chutney.
Try frying Idli`s on a non stick pan, this saves time and also saves from the idli`s getting stuck.