I made this for two days in a row as snacks for my kids and their friends. They loved this version of fries. Normally idli was becoming boring for them. This version is much more tastier. Anything fried even though not that healthy is always a favourite for us.
Wanted to take a picture but it was gone before I could reach a camera.
If fried right, it does not retain oil. Make sure the oil temp is med-high. Please refer this for further details http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/dryheatcooking/a/deepfrying.htm