Party ideas, Snacks

Idli Manchurian | Easy Snacks

Idli and dosa are surely game changers considering that there are more ways to feed idli and dosa than ever before and fusion idli / dosa (think idli chilly / idli manhcuiran) or cheese dosa / schezwan dosa / pav bhaji dosa..are all crowd favourites. Some are fully fermented ones like the Karnataka style Bidadi Thatte Idli or the basic Idli Recipe, while newer Idli Varieties like the Instant, No Soak-No ferment Cucumber Idli have also been added to the meal rotation plan

What do we do with leftover Idlis

Leftover idli isn’t a problem at my home, because unlike most households where kids / adults have this for lunch or even dinner. My famiilu prefers Idli AND dosa ONLY for breakfast. Any other time, its a strict no. Although I do make Idlis mostly for breakfast on weekdays, kids need some changes. So came about this method of using the few spare Idlis that little one sometimes refuses to have even for breakfast, and prefers something else that day !

Why Idli Manchurian?

If you like Manchurian like us, why dont you try this Air fryer Gobi Manchurian for a change ? Why not, right…

The kids could hardly believe this was made of Idlis, the elder one in particular asked me to make this again next few days, and promised to click pics for me too 🙂 Kids know my obsession with the camera when a new dish is served, while the husband wonders why I dont repeat most ‘new’ dishes


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Idli Manchurian – an Indo- Chinese inspired snack – Gluten & Vegan 

Prep time : 10 mins + 1 hour minimum standing time , Fry time : 10 mins (I shallow fried),

Serves : 2-3 kids


  • Cooked Idlis (cold ones work best) – 6 nos.(medium sized)
  • Cornflour – 1/2 TBSP
  • Oil – 5 TBSP (for shallow frying)

To Saute:

  • Oil – 1 TBSP, Ginger (1/2 tsp), garlic (1 tsp)
  • Green bell peppers – 1/2 no
  • Onions – 1/2 medium
  • Low sodium Soya Sauce – 1/2 tsp
  • Tomato Ketchup – 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper powder – 2 pinch
  • Brown Sugar – 1/2 tsp
  • Green Chilly Sauce – 1 tsp (opt. I didn’t use as it was for the kids)
  • (As the sauces themselves have salt, I didn’t use any extra salt, you can add it if required).
  • Topping : Spring Onions (scallions) – 2 TBSP


  1. Make Idlis, and chill them for at least 1 hour. Making the Idlis a few hours prior to making this dish also works.
  2. Cube the dry & cold idlis into cubes of required shapes and sprinkle cornflour all over them. Rest for 2 mins.
  3. Shallow fry with requisite oil and drain on paper towels.
  4. In a non stick pan, heat oil. Saute garlic and ginger. Add onions, bell pepper and saute for 2 mins till crunchy, but not cooked through.
  5. Add all the sauces, brown sugar and mix well. Toss in the fried Idlis and coat them well with the sauces.
  6. Serve immediately topped with the chopped green onions



  1. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    Best makeover for idlies. Looks delicious

  2. Looks very tempting, Kalyani! Looking forward to all the yummy delights!

  3. Suma Gandlur

    Sounds like a delight even for adults.

  4. MySpicyKitchen

    Nice way to use up leftover idly. Looks very tempting and treat even for adults.

  5. Gayathri Kumar

    Even I do this Kalyani. No one at home eats idlis twice in a day. So I have to give it as a different dish. This looks so delicious..

  6. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    I would love to make this soon. This would be a very good way to eat my idlis and would also work great for lunch boxes.

  7. Hey your hubby grouse sounds familiar: d.
    We too love idli Manchurian though we have them only when we eat out. Don't know why I don't make them at home seems simple enough

  8. Hey your hubby grouse sounds familiar: d.
    We too love idli Manchurian though we have them only when we eat out. Don't know why I don't make them at home seems simple enough

  9. vaishali sabnani

    Lovely theme , and a fantastic dish . I love it though hardly make it , this one is truly tempting me .

  10. cookingwithsapana

    Idli manchurian looks lip smacking.Looking forward to see your Kids friendly recipes.

  11. Very lovely idea, and best way to recycle leftovers..good theme though..

  12. The Pumpkin Farm

    idli manchurian is a great idea….i havent made something this diliigently yet…usually a few sauces are added , but i see the value in doing this elaborately. BTW same pinch on the themes…my recipes are all keeping the kiddo in mind and getting the approval

  13. Great theme and a lovely way to use the leftover idli. Looks yumm

  14. wow wow wow starting with manchurian.. amazing kalyani. Great recipe with left over idlis

  15. Priya Suresh

    Waiting eagerly to see all your dishes Kalyani, and you are tempting me already with this fantastic idli manchurian. Love to finish that plate.

  16. Smruti Ashar

    Kalyani I could easily devour the entire platter!! Such a wonderful recipe. Waiting to see the remaining recipes this month!

  17. Idli manchurian sounds like a real treat! And also a great way to use up leftovers. My kids prefer idli upma!! Maybe it is time to convert them 🙂


    A delish way of consuming leftover idlis 🙂

  19. A delicious make over for Idlis. Love your pics Kalyani.

  20. What a great theme for mega marathon Kalyani. Getting kids approval is such a big stamp for any recipe.
    Idli manchurian looks very tempting and delicious.

  21. Best recipe with left-over idlies… I need to try this. I always do idli upma..

  22. I could make idlis just to try this recipe. Looks yumm!

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