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Idli Fry (Crispy Fried Idli Recipe)

Idli fry recipe- a crispy and delicious tea time snack or after school snack you can make with leftover idlis. We use leftover idlis in so many ways like chili idli, idli manchurian, masala idli. This idli fry is an all time favorite snack that we often make. In just 15 minutes, this fried idli gets ready and tastes delicious with a sprinkle of idli podi. Here is how to make crispy idli fry or fried idli.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 3
Calories: 179kcal
Author: Harini


  • 6 idlis, cut into wedges chilled well
  • oil for frying
  • idli podi, as needed or red chili powder or pav bhaji masala


  • Before beginning make sure your idlis are cold, better chilled in refrigerator for an hour or two. Do not try this snack with fresh idli. See notes for more details
  • Cut cold idli into wedges as seen in the picture.
  • Heat oil for deep frying.
  • Slide 3-4 wedges into hot oil depending upon the size of the pan.
  • Deep fry until the idlis turn crispy and golden.
  • Drain excess oil on a kitchen tissue.
  • Sprinkle idli podi and toss.
  • Serve fried idli or idli fry immediately.


  • You can vary the seasoning as per taste
  • Use only chilled idlis


Serving: 3g | Calories: 179kcal