If someone tells us they don't like idli, we would never believe it. The simple and staple idli can never disappoint our taste buds. Pair it with sambhar or just chutney, or both, this south-Indian rice-dal/sooji cake always proves to be a delight. That's why, we have a habit of making too many of them, almost all the time. When we have satiated our appetite of regular idli-sambhar fare, we are usually left with unconsumed idlis. What should you do with them? Eat the same meal again or put them in the freezer and wait till you make sambhar again? Do none of those things; instead, make these unique dishes with idli, which will offer you a different taste altogether.
Leftover Idli Recipes:
1. Idli Snack
Make chaat-like idli snack by tossing them in a mixture of cooked onion slices and tomatoes - spiced with green chilli, mustard seeds, garlic and ginger shavings. You'll get a perfect mid-day meal to go with your evening tea.
(Also Read: Tips To Get Soft, Fluffy Idlis Every Single Time!)
2. Idli Burger
Did you know that you could fry your idli to turn it into a crispy tikki? Try this recipe and make a hearty burger with leftover idli when your craving for some junk food hits you.
3. Idli Upma
Use idli to make another classic south-Indian delicacy - upma. Make the same base of mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal, red chillies, onions and curry leaves. Add vegetables and cook them, and then flop in the leftover idlis. You can also crush the idlis a bit if you like.
4. Idli Pasta
The Italian food lover in us never dies. Use your leftover idlis to make delicious pasta by mixing them with veggies, onions, tomatoes, soy sauce and pasta sauce.
5. Idli Manchurian
Make your favourite Chinese dish with a south Indian twist. Make spicy manchurian with leftover idlis, which is also healthier than the regular one as the idli pieces are sauteed, and not fried, before dunking them in a mixture of bell peppers, corn starch, chilli paste, tomato paste, vinegar and soy sauce.
Don't waste your precious idlis. Make these equally delicious dishes out of them for your next meal. Do you have more such recipes of leftover idlis? Please share in the comments section below.
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