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Fried Idlis - Indian Restaurant Style

These fried idlis with coconut butter are so good dipped in a spicy coriander and chilli raita.

There are so many ways to serve delicious idlis! Lately I’ve been experimenting with a few and this version is right up there with the best. It offers a good way to use up any day old idlis you might have while still making a tasty meal or snack.

In order to make this recipe, you need to first prepare an idli batter and cook a few idlis. My recipe is here. Once you’ve done this, you’re almost set to go. Place the idlis in the fridge until they are cold. This will stop them sticking to the pan when you fry them.

Fried idlis are so good simply dipped into a good raita or chutney. That’s what I usually do. This time, however I also topped them with coconut butter from my sponsor Cocofina! Talk about amazing! Get yourself some of their coconut butter and you will be in food heaven!


British Indian restaurant style fried Idlis

Simply cut your cold idlis into bite sized pieces.

Making British Indian restaurant style fried idlis

Frying only takes a couple of minutes.

British Indian Restaurant style fried idlis

Place the fried idlis on kitchen paper towels to soak up any excess oil.

BIR fried Idlis

The tasty coconut butter melts just like dairy butter but I think it’s actually much tastier!

British Indian restaurant fried idlis

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Fried Idlis With Coconut Butter

Fried Idlis With Coconut Butter
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • Cold idlis - right from the fridge - cut into bite sized pieces
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons coconut butter
  • Salt to taste


  1. Cut your idlis into small bite sized pieces as shown.
  2. Heat your oil in a medium sized pan until bubbly hot. I usually fill my pan with about three inches of oil.
  3. When hot, fry the idlis in batches until they are crispy and brown. Transfer fried idlis to a paper towel to soak up any excess oil
  4. While still hot, spoon the coconut butter over the top and let it melt. Then sprinkle with a bit of salt and serve as they are or with your favourite raita or chutney.

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