Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Kaima Idli

Today's post is about Saravana Bhavan Special "Kaima Idli" which is always a big hit at home. Deep fried idlis in spicy and tangy sauce cannot be missed by anyone who visits Saravana Bhavan. I am a die hard fan of their Kaima Idlis and Mixed Vegetable Parotta.Yesterday, when I made this for dinner, we discovered that our little hero likes this a lot too. So Kaima Idli is going to be a frequent visitor to our kitchen.

1. Idlis - 10 to 12
2. Oil - 1 tablespoon
3. Onions - 1 medim (finely chopped)
4. Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tablespoon
4. Tomato - 1 (finely chopped)
5. Tomato paste - 2 tablespoons
6. Chilli powder - 1 teaspoon or more if desired
7. Garam masala - 1/2 teaspoon
8. Cashews - 8 to 10
9. Cilantro - to garnish
10. Salt - as required
11. Oil - to deep fry the idlis
12. Ghee - 1 tablespoon


1. Cut the idlis into bite sized pieces and deep fry them in hot oil till it turns golden brown.
2. Place it in a paper towel and leave it aside.
3. In a pan, add 1 tablespoon of oil, add onions, ginger garlic paste. Saute till the raw smell goes away and the onions turn translucent. Green peppers and red peppers can also be added at this stage.
4. Add tomato and salt. Let the tomatoes get mushy. Add tomato paste.
5. Add chilli powder and garam masala and saute for a couple of minutes.
6. Add a few tablespoons of water, just so that the fried idlis can absorb the sauce in.
7. Add the fried idlis and gently mix it with the sauce.
8. Saute it till the idlis absorb the sauce.
9. Add a tablespoon of ghee and add cilantro and fried cashews to garnish.

Serve it with onion raitha.


  1. This looks fantastic. One of my favorite dish in Saravana Bhavan too.

  2. Thanks Lavanya for being a part of my blog.Here I am doing the same for yours:)Loved the idli recipe,look delicious no wonder your little one enjoyed these:)

  3. Slurppp this is one of my fav saravana bhavan treats!! the pic is really making me drool..
    You hav a good collection here..glad to follow u

  4. This sounds wonderful, looks yummy. Thanks for visiting Lavanya :)

  5. Wowww.. thats a cool idea.. never tried this way :D Love it

  6. Looks so saucy and delicious.. Thanks for stopping by. Happy to follow ur blog...

  7. That's a great idea. We usually fry idly's but this is quite innovative. Looks delicious! Will surely try it next time..

  8. The picture is so tempting lavanya. I have to try this.


  9. This looks super delicious,has to try this soon.

  10. always wanted to try these - looks far better than Saravana's dear :)

  11. Tempting the kaima idly fav too

  12. Truely said SB's idlis and parotas are really good. Loved your recipe and would surely try it.

  13. idles look delicious happy to follow you on google friends

  14. wow..that looks so tempting dear,,,,I am drooling over here...:)

  15. fried idlis with little vegetables are my favorite....lovely dish

  16. Wow...looks super delicious n truly inviting...never tried this way...loved it !!!

  17. Love this idlis a lot and its tempting too.First time in ur space,having a wonderful blog.

  18. Yummy looking idli. Anyone will love it.

  19. Very colorful and delicious looking idli.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  20. Wow wat a tempting clicks,makes me hungry now...

  21. So colorful and yummy looking idli....


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