Recycle Rani ~ Idli Cake Recipe or What to do with extra idlies

Idli cake, cocktail idli (same recipe, made with mini idlies) and other names for a simple preparation that ensures there are no leftover idlies that are wasted. In my house, it was always reheat and eat for idlies. Only when K asked me one day about making idli cake that i tried to google and find out what it meant. chopped up idlies, tempered and sauteed with spicy chutney powder (molaga podi) how much simpler does it get. and the slightly crisp ends of the idlies, plus the heat applied on the oil and chutney powder elevatesย  the taste of the end product.

Idli cake (serves 2)

6-8 leftover idlies, cut into one inch cubes

1 teaspoon gingely oil

3 heaped teaspoons molaga podi

1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds

1 teaspoon whole urad dal

a few curry leaves

1/4 teaspoon salt

In a kadai, heat the oil, splutter the mustard and add the urad dal and fry till golden, add the curry leaves and saute till crisp. add the idlies, sprinkle on top with the chutney (molaga podi) and stir to mix well. If needed add another spoon of oil on top. Saute till the edges of the idlies are beginning to turn slightly golden. Remove from heat and serve hot.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. naughtyAngel says:

    hii…i want to try this dish but i donno what exactly molaga podi..? how can I find it in delhi..?? or is it something i can make..?? ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. arundati says:

      hey thanks for wanting to try the recipe. you can easily buy molaga podi at any large departmental store. it will be called gun powder or chutney powder and be stocked either along with pickles etc or with sambhar powder etc. check with the shop assistants. you can also make it yourself. its pretty simple. there is an easy recipe here for you…. goodluck and do let me know how it turned out!

  2. Aparna says:

    This is called Idli cake? Never knew that. We call this Idli Roast!:)
    Like the crispy outside and soft inside of the pieces.

  3. Prash P says:

    Oo la la! Nice! I love this idea. ๐Ÿ™‚ Though I have to figure out how to make them idlis.

  4. Swati says:

    Hey, have always loved ‘Fried Idli’… but adding molaga podi is a unique touch. I usually just add red chilli powder and salt along with he tempering. You can also make schezwan idli fry ๐Ÿ˜‰ jus add chinese sauces of your choice and you get a simple, scrumptious starter for a chinese meal!

  5. Raaga says:

    I make these for parties as starters as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Divya says:

    Call it coincidence!! Ajay[my hubby] suggested this to me too!! Here,its Idli on first day,Idli roast on second and Idli Upma on the third day.He suggested how about chopping up the idlies and slow-roasting it on kadai with tempering and Man do we love it!!Adding molaga podi is such a great idea!!!

  7. Apu says:

    My favourite snack!!

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