Manchurian style gravies using cauliflower, chicken and paneer are very popular and taste great with naan, fried rice and noodles. Today’s recipe is a Manchurian recipe with a twist! It is Idli Manchurian that can be served as a main dish. This is an ideal dinner dish but you can also make this for breakfast if you are bored with eating idli sambar and wish for a change from your regular menu.


7 idlis
Oil for frying

For the batter

4 tbsp corn flour
4 tbsp All purpose flour (maida)
½ tsp Red chilli powder
¼ tsp Salt
1 tsp Soya sauce

For the gravy

2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp finely grated garlic
1/2 tsp finely grated ginger
1 onion cut into cubes
1 medium sized capsicum deseeded and cut into cubes
2 tbsp tomato sauce
1 tsp soya sauce
1 tsp vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp pepper powder
salt to taste
chopped coriander leaves


  • Take the idlis and cut each into 8 or 10 pieces.
  • Take all the ingredients of the batter in a bowl and mix well.
  • Add water to form a thick batter.
  • Heat oil in a pan and keep ready.
  • Dip the idli cubes in batter, coat well and deep fry in oil till golden brown in colour.
  • Transfer the fried idlis to a plate and keep ready.
  • Now to prepare the sauce, heat oil in a pan, add garlic and ginger and saute for a couple of minutes.
  • Add onions and capsicums and saute till they are cooked but have a bite.
  • Add tomato ketchup, soya sauce, vinegar, chilli powder, salt and pepper powder and mix well.
  • Add water and bring to a boil.
  • Finally add the fried idlis and mix well.
  • Check for taste and add salt, pepper or chilli powder or tomato sauce if necessary.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

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