Idli Chaat

October 3, 2016mayurisjikoni
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Idli Chaat is a makeover of leftover idlis. Idlis are fried till crispy. It is a lip smacking,irresistible, gluten free flavourful snack. Chutneys, vegetables, fruits, yogurt all add a medley of flavours.


It’s Monday and time to present our FoodieMonday/Bloghop recipe. Our #60th theme is Chatakedaar Chaat. There was much excitement around this theme during the week. Our Whatsapp group was tinging away endlessly. Some knew exactly what they wanted to prepare and some didn’t. I was not sure what I wanted to make till Saturday. I’ve already blogged a few chaat recipes so it was difficult to choose something else.


Friday evening I went to buy an idli steamer and some idli batter to make idlis for breakfast on Saturday. My daughter and future son in law woke up late and rushed off to complete some work without having breakfast. Not knowing what time they will get back, I decided not to make the sambar. Was thinking of podi idli when suddenly I remembered the Idli Chaat I thoroughly enjoyed at Rama Krishna restaurant in Vile Parle(E), Mumbai for the first time.

Therefore, decided to kill two birds with one stone…not literally. Decided to make Idli Chaat. Would fit the theme for FoodieMonday/Bloghop and also we would enjoy a new dish at home.


Not yet, but am going to try it out soon. In the meantime, if you do air fry them, please let me know how it turns out.


As such, since I enjoyed the whole idli chaat dish by myself, I knew exactly what and how it was served. But still decided to do some research online and came across Chef Ranveer Brar’s Idli Chaat recipe. He used mayonnaise which I am not a big fan of. So I decided to stick to how it was served at Rama Krishna Restaurant.

You can easily adjust the types of chutneys you use and add more ingredients to the topping.


As you all know, weddings can be fun and stressful at the same time. I knew that during my daughter’s wedding I will be ultra busy. When family members  arrive earlier to join in the celebration, it is upon the host to kept them fed all the time. It is amazing how many meals we go through when we all are together. One of the snack or tea time option I had added on the menu was IDLI CHAAT.  Chutneys were all ready in the freezer. My chachi who had come a few days earlier, helped to steam the idlis and a day earlier. Other members helped to chop the topping ingredients and deep fry the idlis on the day of serving.

An unusual chaat for most of my family members who came from outside India. For sure, you will not find this chaat on the menus of most Indian Restaurants abroad.


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Most certainly you can. Prepare the chutneys, the yogurt base and fry the idlis. On the day you want to serve, keep the chopped vegetables ready in the fridge.



FRIED IDLI– make them with ready made batter which is so easily available in India. I personally like to use the iD brand. Or make the batter at home. Check out the recipe here for home made batter. If I am preparing the idli at home for the chaat, I prefer to leave the steamed idli in the fridge for a day. That way they become slightly hard and don’t soak up too much oil. Fresh spongy idli tend to soak up oil on deep frying. Or you can buy ready made idlis and deep fry them at home.

CHUTNEYS – you need green chutney,date tamarind chutney. If you want to you can also add garlic tomato chutney.

Here is a tip: Make chutneys in a large batch and freeze them in smaller containers. Thaw as you need the chutneys.

SEV – sev is noodle like crispy Indian snack made from chickpea flour. It is easily available in Indian Stores. If possible try an get the really thin variety called Nylon Sev. If you don’t get that then use any thin sev available.

PLAIN YOGURT – this is an optional ingredient, but my family loves any chaats with dahi. If you omit yogurt then make sure your chutneys are slightly runny and not thick.

OTHER TOPPINGS: you need finely chopped tomatoes, onion,fresh coriander, pomegranate arils. Can also add finely chopped cucumber, moong sprouts, etc. If you don’t get pomegranate then replace it with some grapes or slightly raw finely chopped mango.

PODI MASALA – most chaats have chaat masala sprinkled on it. I like to use Podi Masala. So feel free to use either. Check out my HOME MADE PODI MASALA recipe.

SALT – to add to the chopped vegetable/fruit mixture and to add a bit in the yogurt.

CUMIN POWDER – to add to the chopped vegetable/fruit mixture and to add a bit in the yogurt.

GREEN CHILLIS – to add to the yogurt. Optional, especially if you are going to serve the chaat to kids. Then best to keep chopped chillis on the side for those who may want some.

MINT LEAVES – fresh mint leaves to mince and add to the yogurt.


Idli Chaat is a makeover of leftover idlis. Idlis are fried till crispy. It is a lip smacking,irresistible, gluten free, flavourful snack. Chutneys, vegetables, fruits, yogurt all add a medley of flavours.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack, Starter
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • 12-16 idlis
  • 1 cup tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • ½ cup fresh coriander chopped
  • 1-1½ cups plain yogurt thick
  • ½ cup mint leaves
  • 1-2 green chilli finely chopped
  • 1 cup green chutney
  • 1 cup date tamarind chutney
  • 1 cup nylon sev
  • 4 tbsp podi masala
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • oil for deep frying


  • Cut the idlis into quarters. Heat oil for deep frying in a wok, pan or karai over medium heat.
  • When the oil is hot fry the idli pieces in batches till they are light golden in colour.
  • Keep the fried idli pieces on a kitchen towel(tissue) so that it soaks up the extra oil.
  • Allow the idlis to cool down a bit.
  • Mix chopped tomatoes, onion, coriander and pomegranate seeds in a bowl. Add ¼ tsp salt and ½ tsp cumin powder. Mix well.
  • Wash the mint leaves and mince it in a chopper along with the green chilli.
  • Add the mint chilli paste to the yogurt. Add ¼ tsp salt and ½ tsp cumin powder. Mix till its smooth.
  • To serve, put the fried idli pieces on a plate.
  • Drizzle yogurt over it.
  • Top it with the onion tomato mixture.
  • Add green and date tamarind chutneys.
  • Sprinkle nylon sev over it.
  • Sprinkle some podi masala and serve.
  • Adjust the spice and chutneys according to your taste.


  • Make mini idlis and fry.
  • If you don't get podi masala(I bought ready made), sprinkle some chaat masala.
  • If the yogurt is sour, add a bit of sugar to it.
  • Click on the links to get recipe of the chutneys.
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  • Jeena suraj

    October 3, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Interesting chaat dish. Loved the idea of using idli in chaat …

  • Jeena suraj

    October 3, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Interesting chaat dish. Loved the idea of using idli in chaat …

  • alkajena

    October 3, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Perfect idea to use the leftover idlis, thanks for the share

  • Saswati Hota

    October 3, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    I have to make this soon…and love the chaat served in the glass…lovely idea.

  • waagmi Soni

    October 3, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Lovely Chaat Idea Mayuri dee!!! I am drooling!! I will specially make this Idli chaat soon 🙂

  • Rupal Patel

    October 3, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Nice idea!!! Try it for sure

  • Mayuri Patel

    October 4, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Thanks Jeena

  • Mayuri Patel

    October 4, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Thanks Alka.

  • Mayuri Patel

    October 4, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Thanks Saswati, do try it am sure your family will love it.

  • Mayuri Patel

    October 4, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Thanks Waagmi.. making again this Friday for Nami's friends, come over.

  • Mayuri Patel

    October 4, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Thanks Rupal.

  • Sujata Roy

    October 4, 2016 at 10:22 am

    What an idea Mayuri Patel. Loved it. Drooling to see your yummy chaat picture.

  • Pushpita Singh

    October 4, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Loved the idea of idli chaat Di! Idlis are loved by both father and son, so this chaat recipe will surely be a hit, as such bookmarking it.��

  • Preethi Prasad

    October 8, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Never thought of making Idli chaat. Amazing share!!

  • Mayuri Patel

    October 11, 2016 at 2:53 am

    Thanks Preethi.

    1. Priya Srinivasan

      March 30, 2019 at 8:36 am

      Wow mayuri ji, love this avatar of idly! Definitely chatpata!!! A wonderful fusion of north and south cuisine, will definitely be a hit amongst idly-haters

      1. mayurisjikoni

        April 1, 2019 at 8:19 pm

        Thank you so much Priya, my family loves this chaat.

  • Kriti Singhal

    October 11, 2016 at 8:24 am

    What a grand fusion… Fried idlis with delicious toppings.. Fab share Mayuri di!!! 🙂

  • Ashwin Dowlaghar

    November 3, 2016 at 11:09 am

    What is podi masala?

  • Mayuri Patel

    November 3, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    podi masala is a mixture of urad dal, chana dal, red chilli and other spices that are blended to make a spicy dry powder very popularly used in South Indian cuisine. Its readily available in south indian stores.

  • FoodTrails

    March 30, 2019 at 6:24 am

    I love this fusion of North meets south..also the way you have presented this chatpatti fusion chaat in a the glass..after reading the post suddenly missing all the chaos and all that noise in India.. the chatpati life in India just like this chatpatti chaat.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 1, 2019 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks Swati and I know the feeling of missing India, all the noise all the food and hustle bustle. Whenever we are here, after a while yearn for peace and quiet and then when we go back to Kenya, miss India terribly.

  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    March 30, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Idli Chaat sounds lip-smacking delicacies. I am drooling over that glass.what a fusion I would say, with all those chutneys, Dahi and Crunchy idli. Yum.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 1, 2019 at 8:14 pm

      Thank you so much Renu.

  • Veena Krishnakumar

    March 31, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    What a lovely way to use the leftover idli. I wouldnt have thought about a fusion idli chaat. Lovely. Bookmarked

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 1, 2019 at 12:36 pm

      Thanks Veena, its such a change to normal idli or stir fried ones.

  • Archana

    April 1, 2019 at 8:58 am

    How on earth I have not thought of idli chaat?sounds delicious and exactly the madness I love. Absolutely love the idea n plan to make chaat soon

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 1, 2019 at 12:33 pm

      I loved it the first time I tasted it at a restaurant. Adding our own ingredients like pomegranate, tomato makes it more enjoyable.

  • Sasmita Sahoo

    April 1, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Its an awesome !!! chaat using idli particularly left over ones are a great idea … i would love to have anytime …. i am sure this will be opted most’s fav snack

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 1, 2019 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks Sasmita.

  • Jaleelakamal

    April 2, 2019 at 11:20 am

    amazing way to eat idly by idly chaat

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 2, 2019 at 11:33 am

      Thanks Jaleela.

  • Archana

    April 25, 2022 at 12:24 am

    5 stars
    Wow! This idlu chat is definitely awesome. I love the fabulous idea and since we have idli on a regular basis makes an easy delicious option. Thanks just what my tongue will order.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 26, 2022 at 9:36 pm

      Thank you so much Archana. Am sure you’re going to love this idli chaat.

  • Seema Sriram

    April 25, 2022 at 12:52 am

    5 stars
    This is a fantastic idea to use up idlies. My house always has extra idlies and the kids don’t really want them after a couple of times a week. This will make sure they really will like the new form and the idlies will get eaten.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 26, 2022 at 9:35 pm

      Seema go ahead and try out the recipe. I love this chaat and anyway I cannot resist deep fried idlis.

  • Kalyani

    April 27, 2022 at 6:01 am

    5 stars
    I bet I will make extra Idli just to make this chaat and surely it will fly off the plate too ! fussy kids appeased- win ! yeah !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 27, 2022 at 10:22 pm

      That is true, everyone loves chatpata flavours.

  • Priya Vj

    April 27, 2022 at 8:22 am

    5 stars
    Idli chat is really very tasty. I too make it whenever there is leftover idlis . The idli chat has a very different flavor profile and becomes an instant favorite of all those eating

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 27, 2022 at 10:20 pm

      Thanks Priya, it definitely adds other flavors altogether making it an enjoyable dish.

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