Mar 5, 2014

Podi Idli... a good way to snack on leftover idlis

Leftover idlis after a hearty morning breakfast or evening dinner???? Hot hot idlis with sambar is absolutely great but leftovers are a pain for me. I just cant have it even after reheating it to taste like-fresh. No worries. You dont have to eat the same old idli with a sad face. There are quite a few ways to help you serve yourself a treat or warm snack which will make you feel that you should have more leftover idlis from next time. Many of you should be already doing this so nothing new here

A good way to use those leftovers is to make this spicy and fresh podi idli. A couple of minutes at hand and just a few things to toss in should help you serve a bowl of delicious snack. Its a kids favorite too. Now thats an added advantage... isnt it? 

Serves...  2 ppl
Serve option... Warm

This is what u'll need....

Idlis - 4 nos
Onion - 1 small
Idli podi - 1 - 2 tspn 
Oil - 1 tbspn
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tspn
Urad dal - 1/2 tspn
Salt to taste

Here is the stir....
  • Heat oil in a nonstick kadai. When the oil starts heating up, spoon in mustard seeds and follow it urad dal when you hear the sizzling
  • Thinly slice onions and toss into the pan when you see the urad dal changing to a golden brown color
  • Fry for a few seconds till onions turn translucent and become soft
  • Sprinkle salt to taste and stir everything around 
  • Cut each idli into bite-size pieces. I usually mark 2 horizontal lines and 2 vertical lines to make 9 pieces out of each idli

  • Carefully transfer all the idli pieces into the pan when onions are cooked till done
  • Add idli podi to this and stir very well to coat the podi evenly on all the pieces
  • Let it sit for a few seconds on medium flame with minimal stir in between to avoid burning / sticking to the bottom of the pan
  • Turn off the flame and transfer contents to a plate
  • Serve warm and enjoy

  • Be careful when adding salt. It is just for the onions. Idli and podi both have salt in them already
  • Let it fry for a while after adding the idli. Little crispy corners in idli pieces add to taste
  • Adjust podi as per your taste. If yours is very spicy you might want to add a little less than specified. At ours, podi is not very spicy as the kids enjoy and I dont prefer it too spicy for them

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