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Idly Chilli

Idli chilli or chilly idly is a popular street food found across restaurants and handcarts in and around Tamilnadu. The dish is so popular that I have seen restaurant menus in delhi and the north featuring this dish. There’s another dish called idli 65 (which again is based on chicken 65, that’s similar to idli chilly 🙂 that recipe for another day !

A twist of the usual idli takes it to another level . One may fry the cut day-old idlis (or cold idlis) to make this, but I have used my baked idli recipe to lower the calories. Either way it’s a winner and do let me know how you liked it


Similar dishes –

More Manchurian options:

Baked Gobi Manchurian
Idli Manchurian

Paneer Manchurian

Low cal Veg Manchurian (no deep-fry)

Veg Manchurian (with gravy)

Paneer Tikka Manchurian

More Indo Chinese Dishes:

Veg Manchow Soup

Hakka Noodles

Homemade Schezwan Sauce

Hot & Sour Vegetables

Cheesy Manchow Soup


Prep time -10 Mins ; cook time – 8 Mins ; Serves -2


  • Baked idly– 2 portions (mini Idlis work even better)
  • Minced ginger n garlic -1 tsp
  • Chopped green chillies – 1 (or to taste)
  • Oil – 2 tablespoon
  • Soya sauce, tomato sauce, chilli sauce -all to taste
  • Salt – if required only
  • Bell pepper / capsicum + onions- both cut into squares – 1/2 cup together.
  • Chopped spring onion – for garnish



  1. In a wok, heat oil till smoking hot. Add onions, green chillies, ginger and garlic. Sauté till onions turn pink, now add peppers, sauces and sauté till sauce covers all the veggies. 
  2. Now add fried ORbaked idli pieces and sauté wel for 2-3 Mins.
  3. Top with chopped spring onion and serve immediately.



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  1. Any name you give, if it has Indo Chinese flavors it is always a win-win at home. Looks awesome.

  2. I like these kind of indo chinese food. This idly chili is so apt for using the leftover idly and also makes a great tea time snack. Yum!!!

  3. Priya Suresh

    WHo can resist to this incredible idly chilli, what a lovely way to finish the leftover idlies. Would love to have some anytime.

  4. vaishali sabnani

    Interesting concept of baked idli and then to make idli chilli..I love this fusion and specially at one of the Mumbai restaurants..cant remember the name of the restaurant but it has the best idli chilli….next to yours;))lol.

  5. wow such an amazing selection for the letter I , our very owm idli and fiery chilli version looks mind blowing !! am just drooling badly .. This is such an amazing recipe kalyani. Waiting for you idli 65 🙂

  6. Love this Indo Chinese version Kalyani! Using baked idlis sounds interesting!

  7. Gayathri Kumar

    Nice one Kalyani. This type of Indo Chinese goes well for kids. I guess even my daughter would love it.

  8. Though I have never tried making this indo chinese with idlis, the recipe surely sounds sinful!

  9. Sharmila kingsly

    Super tempting chilli idlis!! Am tempted now !!

  10. What a yummy idea to use idli to make this addictive appetizer. Idli chili looks so inviting and amazing.

  11. Same pinch. I made similar idli manchurain recipe today. Love the idea of mini baked idlis. Superb Kalyani.

  12. cookingwithsapana

    Chilli idli look so so tempting and I love the fact that you baked them instead of deep frying.

  13. Mayuri Patel

    What a unique way to serve idli…making it like chili paneer but using idlis. Looks very tempting.

  14. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    A pretty makeover to our humble idly! I make them when I have idly leftovers, mostly kids will gobble fried idlies as it is made, have to safe enough for the chili! I would love to have a bowl of this now, makes me hungry!!

  15. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    This is what I call the perfect bite Kalyani! I am not an idli fan, but I can eat idli anytime of the day using it in as Idli chili. Lovely flavors and baking the idlis sounds like a wonderful idea.

  16. Suma Gandlur

    I need to see if my idli lover husband would like this fusion twist. I am bookmarking this for him. 🙂

  17. Wow.. love the way you used idli… in chinese form. Love the idli chili recipe. Perfectly done.

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