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Apr 8, 2013

Kaima Idly - Saravana Bhavan Restaurant Style

I love anything spicy and any recipes that uses leftover foods. Specially idlies and stuff like that. We never through away leftover idlies. We make upma or chilli idly out of it. I recently came across this recipe and ever since i wanted to try it so badly. This recipe is a fake version of the recipe which we get in saravana bhavan restaurant. If you are a fan of that recipe, then this one is for you. It taste so yummy, actually speaking it never taste like the idly which you grow up with.

If you try this once, i bet you will steam more idlies on purposely to make this one. The crispy fried idlies soaks up all the masalas which you add beautifully and some stay slightly crispy and some go moist and spongy. The masala is a hit in this recipe, it is lip smakingly good.
This is best when served hot with some onion raita. These spicy stuff needs that cooling raita on its side.

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 30 mins
Serves- 3 to 4


Leftover Idly - 8 Kept in fridge overnight
Oil - 1 tblspn + for deep frying
Fennel Seeds / Saunf / Sombu - 1 tblspn
Curry leaves - 1 spring
Onion - 1 large chopped
Green Chilli - 2 chopped
Salt to taste
Sugar - 1 tsp
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tblspn 
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder / Malli podi - 1 tblspn
Turmeric powder / Manjal podi - 1 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1 tsp
Tomato - 2 large pureed
Tomato Ketchup - 1 tblspn
Peas - 1 cup (  I used frozen )
Coriander leaves / Cilantro for garnishing
Lemon Juice as needed


Cube your leftover idlies and deep fry them in hot oil till golden. Drain them in some paper towel.

Now make the masala. Heat oil and add in some fennel and curry leaves.

Now add in onions, green chillies and cook them for a couple of mins till they turn golden.

Now add in salt and sugar and mix them well.

Add in ginger garlic paste and cook them for a min.

Add in chilli, coriander, turmeric, garam masala powder and mix well.

Add in tomato puree, tomato ketchup and cook them for 5 mins.

Add in peas and cook them for 5 more mins.

Pour in some water and mix them well.

Add in the fried idly pieces and toss well with the masala.

Press them firmly in the masala and simmer for 5 more mins.

Add in coriander leaves and lemon juice.

Mix them around. Serve immediately with onion raita.


Take all your ingredients

Cube your idlies

Deep fry them in oil

Till they turn golden

Remove them to a plate

Now crackle some fennel in some oil

Add in curry leaves

Onions and Green Chillies

Saute till light golden

Add in ginger garlic paste

Some salt and sugar

Add in spice powders
Mix them well

Now add in tomato puree

Some tomato ketchup

And give them a good mix

Add in some peas

Pour in some water

Mix this well

Add in the fried idlies

And mix them well

Press them down firmly and simmer for few mins

Garnish with coriander leaves

Give a lemon squeeze

Mix it all up



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  4. this looks really yummy... a nice idea to finish off idlies... the new layout looks superb...

  5. Mouthwatering kaima idli!

  6. oh this is mouth watering planning to make some rawa idlies now and make up this :D


  7. i tried it today at home its a great success thank yu so much its an exact replica :)

  8. wowwwwwwwww delicious...I dont know some ingredients hehe

  9. looks so tempting I love to have that plate

  10. Ur recipes are really yummiest :-)

  11. Tried this today and it tasted like heaven. Thanks for sharing Aarthi! - Sophi

  12. Do we need to cook the peas separately and mix in it. Usually we need to soak and also it take longer time to cook peas....or itz just for mixing....half cooked is enough??

  13. @Anonymousi used frozen peas so added it straight. you can cook dried peas and add

  14. hi aarthi am an ardent fan of u. i tried sending frnd rqst. but cud nt. hv been following all ur recipes n tried many..all weekends ur recipe is included in my house.thanx to u. my culinary skills hv improved a lot. . entire family hv strtd to like ur recipes. tanx a lot.


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