Idli Finger fries recipe | Leftover Idly Recipe Ideas
Visit any South Indian's house and 95% of the time, you will find a big container of either Idli batter or Dosa batter (or both). I happen to find myself in the remaining 5%. Until a year back, Idli was not a common breakfast in my home. The main reason - My husband. No, he loves Idlis but for a self inflicted goal of some % of protein on a day to day diet, Idli caused quite an issue. Hence I hardly made it. I revisited it on and off when the desire and craving for home arose. Idlis for some weird reason helped to satisfy that need.
Idli Finger fries recipe | Leftover Idly Recipe Ideas
But whenever I made it, the husband made sure to insist that we leave around 4-5 as leftovers. Why? So that I can make these :) He would go to the extent of forcing me to make idlis (when I had the batter) just so that when done, I could fry them up for weekend snacks. That's how much he loved these itsy bitsy and extremely crunchy finger fries. They are addictive, a boon when idlis are made on regular basis and you get leftovers (esp. with kids around!). Of course, there are few other ways how you can use up leftover idlis but have to say that these are outright winners in my house.
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  • Serves: 4 people
  • Yields: I used 4 idlis and got around 30 pieces.
1. Slice the Idlis into thin fingers. I usually get around 7-8 fingers from one idli but it would depend on the size of your idlis.
2. Heat some oil for deep frying in a pan.  Drop them when the oil is hot. You need it to be med-high heat.
3. Turn them in about 1 minute when it turns reddish brown.
4. Remove when its golden all around.
5. Drain excess oil on paper towels. If fried right, you would hardly see any oil in the paper. Sprinkle some chilli powder, garam masala or idli chutney powder or any other seasoning you like. We like it plain and hence I don't add any.
Serve warm with any accompaniment of your choice. We love it with Coconut Chutney, Spicy hot red Chutney or at times with ketchup. Idli Finger fries recipe | Leftover Idly Recipe Ideas

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By RAGA on Jun 26, 2012

it was so nice.

By Sujatha on Jan 14, 2012

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. 

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By J on Aug 15, 2014

I baked it instead of frying it and it turned out gr8. Just added a spoonful of oil, salt and some seasonings before baking.

By Maanu on Mar 7, 2014

I just now tried it... Its awesome!!

By Geethu R on Jan 19, 2014

Awesome. Jus made them so cryspy thnx :)

By Esther on Sep 5, 2013

Must say this was awesome...I normally do not try online recipes but this was so simple and perfect...will do it often. Kids loved them as much as they love french fries. Thanks keep posting!!!

By Avinash on Apr 3, 2013

Don't fry them for too long time. They will be very hard. One minute is enoug.

By Rajashri on Feb 21, 2013

Interesting recipe, i'll try

By Rajashri on Feb 21, 2013

Looks very nice, simple to prepare, definitely i will try

By sri Lakshmi on Jul 22, 2012

8) its a cool cool receipe... I am quite busy wiyh my daily schedule and hardly find time to make snacks with long receipes.. this was a short and sweet one & I tried and they were TERRIFFIC!!! Thank You soo Much.. Keep posting such receipes...

By roopa on Jul 17, 2012

the photo is awesome! I had made this a long time back , but instead of deep frying i had partially baked/broiled in my toaster oven. It came out just like oven made French fries :-,) , its posted in my blog.

By jaz on May 28, 2012

this is going to be my next breakfast item :) u rock

By sarada on Feb 7, 2012

It came out very well.. very easy and tasty.. my 3 year old son loved it and ate it by himself!! :-) Thanks a lot for such an easy and tasty snack...!!

By Naznin Azeez on Jan 29, 2012

It looks wonderful.. Will try it and let you know :).. Thank you for this...

By pmvijayalakshmi on Jan 18, 2012

:roll: very nice

By harini on Jan 16, 2012

Tried these for a small get together .People spent long time guessing what it was made of .They loved the taste too.Thanks to my mom who made the batter well ,the idlis hardly consumed any oil.Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe.Keep posting more snacks like these.

By priya on Jan 16, 2012

I like your recipe very much.

By lalith on Jan 15, 2012

:wink: really awesome ,,,, awesome ,,,,, awesome ........ the taste is really enchanting

By Anu on Jan 12, 2012

You're killing me - and I love that!

By Cooking Rookie on Dec 30, 2011

They look wonderful! Happy and tasty 2012 to you :-)

By Sreelakshmi on Dec 28, 2011

I tried it right away yesterday with my leftover idlies and they were awesome. Was a great hit with my family too :)

By Parul Rajpal on Dec 24, 2011

Wow, these are so grt, idli is a weekly affair at our house and some are leftover usually. Now i know what can be done to make some evening snack out of leftover breakfast! Happy happy...

By chitra on Dec 23, 2011

wow, u made me drool; will try for my doter :)

By Nishi on Dec 23, 2011

Ohhhh these look so very tempting. Would love to try this the next time I make idli :)

By Divya Vikram on Dec 22, 2011

Those finger fries look so enticing! They look so much like cheppankizhangu roast!

By Cilantro on Dec 22, 2011

Amma made them for evening snack for us but it did consume lot of oil and hence I do not make them but its ok to have once in a while and it does taste awesome.

If fried right, it does not retain oil. Make sure the oil temp is med-high. Please refer this for further details

By Poornima on Dec 22, 2011

I belong in the 5% group too. We almost never have idlis, dosa maybe sometimes. I would love this crunchy idli anytime though. So tempting!

By Priya on Dec 22, 2011

THats an interesting crispy fries,lovely and inviting.