I actually tried my favorite Kaima / Chilly Idli first time and no doubt that the taste was too good and awesome! Am a great fan of this recipe. Whenever I visit hotels i ask for this chilli idli. But Saravana Bhavan in Chennai really rocks with this recipe. It is called kaima idli in Saravana Bhavan and as chilly Idli in Vasantha Bhavan and it wont be too good there. Am sure that the taste in saravana Bhavan is unbeatable! you all try out this recipe in your kitchen and your kids will come and ask for some more and become die hard fan of this dish!
This dish will be suitable for dinner rather than for your breakfast. Once i prepared this dish and Served this it to my hubby, he was not able to guess the main ingredient of this dish. When i asked him to guess, he told me its potato and i said No. Then he told me that it is bread and again i said No. He couldn't guess what it was at last and when i told that it was idli, he was surprised and i won his appreciation too!
You can prepare this dish with leftover idlis and it requires no side dish at all and for those who want side dish, you can go for onion raitha!
Here goes the recipe!
Idlis - 5 ( cut into small cubes)
Onion - 1 (very finely chopped)
Tomato Sauce - 1 1/4 tsp
Garlic paste- 1/2 tsp
Green Chilly - 3 (slit lengthwise)
Capsicum - 1/2 (clean and cut into small cubes)
Red Chilly Powder - 1 tsp ( adjust it according to your taste buds)
Red Food color - a pinch
Curry Leaves - few
Aniseeds - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Leaves - few (to garnish)
Spring Onion - few ( finely chopped to garnish)
Salt - to taste
Cut the idlis into small cubes and deep fry it in oil to golden yellow color and till it becomes crisp. Remove it from oil and drain the excess oil with a kitchen towel or a tissue paper.
Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan and saute it with aniseeds. Add finely chopped onion and fry till it becomes soft and transparent. Add garlic paste and curry leaves to it and saute well till the raw smell of the garlic leaves off. Add tomato sauce, capsicum and cook it till the capsicum becomes soft. Now add chilli powder, food color and alittle salt require for this masala and fry it well for a while. sprinkle a little of water now and allow the masal to cook well and it takes for about 2 to 3 minutes.
Now add fried idli cubes to it and stir well for 3 to 4 minutes. Let the masala coat on all the sides of the idli pieces well. Sprinkle a little of water ( about 2 tbsp) at this stage to make idlis little soft and remember this its a dry dish and so you should not add more water because the the dish will be totally spoiled if you do so. Now add spring onion and stir the idlis well for 3 more minutes and let it become dry. Kaima idli is ready to serve! Garnish it with coriander leaves and Serve it hot with onion raitha!