Stuffed Roast Idlis ~ A Creative Twist!

Stuffed Roast Idly

My sister-in-law shared this recipe with me and I owe a very big thanks to her. Thank you so much N, the little one loved it very much. My husband called it French fries and my son was gobbling them 🙂

It’s Stuffed idli roast! Simply transform your plain and boring idlis into a crunchy snack by stuffing it with potatoes and roasting them. Not even deep frying in oil! My grandmother used to roast plain idlies, but this stuffed recipe was new to me. At first I tried only with 4 idlis and it was over in no time. So I prepared it the next day too. You can either prepare fresh potato curry or use leftovers too. The second day I simply cubed and boiled potatoes (with salt and turmeric) in the microwave oven and stuffed it in the batter. That was good too.

Stuffed Roast Idlis Recipe

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15 Mins25 Mins2-3 Servings
Stuffed Roast Idlis ~ A Creative Twist! Transform plain old idlis into something very interesting and crunchy. Not only your kids, you will love it too!
  • As Needed Idli Batter
  • As Needed Potato Curry OR Cubed Boiled Potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • As Per Taste Idli Powder (Idli Milagai Podi)-Optional
  • As Per Taste Salt
  1. Pour idly batter for half measure in the idly plates.
  2. Put a tablespoon of the potato curry on it.
  3. Add some more batter so that the curry is covered.
  4. Steam the idlis. Remove the idlies from the plate and cut each idli into 4 pieces.
  5. Once the idlis are ready, heat a little oil in a frying pan.
  6. Place the idlis in the frying pan and close it with a lid leaving half an inch space.
  7. Stir on slow heat or fire for 3 to 5 minutes till both the sides of the idlis are roasted. I also sprinkled some idli milagai podi and tossed it well to coat evenly.
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The idli stuffed with potatoes goes to Deepa’s Cooking for Kids event, originally started by Sharmi.

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  2. Stuffed idli looks yum…very creative and new to me….recipe sounds interesting too…Thank you for the lovely entry Madhu.

    You have a beautiful place here…Good job….will drop in again for some eggless recipes.

    Thank you Deepa.

  3. These stuffed idlis look delicious; the recipe sounds tempting; got a lovely blog here; came here through suparna.

    Thank you very much Akal.

  4. wow..i love how simple you made the recipe..very creative..i love the picture also. well, i always have a difficulty in findings ingredients in U.S. one of my friend introduced me to a wonderful resource and i thought that i pass great along as well.

    Thanks Sampada. Will check out the site too.

  5. This reminds me of idli manchurian……..have u heard of it before ..fried idlies in soy sauce gravy

    I’ve heard it but not tried.

  6. Stuffed idlis and then fried. This is really very inventive. I only knew of fried idlis or idli uppuma with leftover idlis.:)

  7. Hi Madhuram,
    Fantastic idea! I’d known only of roasting the idlis, now this one is an amazing twist superb! it’s a must try! thanks.

  8. Very creative idea by your SIL. I make idlis every other fridays and on Saturdays I have left over batter. This is a great way to jazz up the idli batter. Thanks for sharing this Madhuram.

  9. I make stuffed idlis especially when the batter has turned too sour for plain idlis. Love the idea of roasting these idlis Madhu, good one!

  10. Idli roast sounds so delicious and simple! 🙂 I have a lot of idli batter in fridge. Today’s dinner is ready! 🙂

  11. Never heard of Stuffed idlis before. But they sound and look delicious. I’m sure kids of all ages are going to love them (my mouth is actually watering here 😉 ) Thanks to you and N for the recipe.

  12. Hi madhu, There’s a lady in Austin who markets something similar to various local restaurants. Instead of potato subzi, she uses jalapeno and cheese. Do try that out too!

  13. very creative madhuram..i love your site..most of them are new to me n if i see any of your post (all posts),i cannot skip them..becoz of your creativity in dishes n lovely looking. you are a great cheff!!

  14. One of the best things that can happen to idli to make it eatable.. :-)Will definitely try this.Thanks Madhuram, for sharing.

  15. I am not a big fan of idlis, but if it has potatoes and deep fried ..that is inviting:)

    You don’t even have to deep fry it in oil SS. 2 tablespoons of oil, max is enough. It get’s so crispy after roasting.

  16. Great twist! I make aloo inside the idlis but never made roasted. Looks like a great cocktail appetizers! 🙂

    Yes, it’s definitely a great appetizer.

  17. Yummy snack. I make stuffed idlis with left over aloo masala which I make for puris. But never thought of frying it. Thats a neat idea. Thanks for sharing.


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