Grilled Idli Sandwich | Recipe with Leftover Idli batter | Step by Step Recipe

>>  Sunday, March 25, 2012

When I thought of traditional recipes with a twist, I was really looking at ideas that you regularly make but convert them into something entirely new. I enjoyed the creative recipes that came out from fellow marathoners for the first week of BM.

I think any recipe that makes you think "wow, I never thought of it", will surely fit the bit. It can also be something that you just experimented or change the western dish into Indian or vice versa. I was for anything that will make you sit up and notice. 

While coming up with ideas for my own dishes, I remembered a particular recipe prepared by one of the contestants during a contest. It was a contest where I was playing the photographer of the dishes. Somehow I was so taken in by the twist and always wanted to try it myself. This works out even perfect if you have leftover idli batter and don't want to do the regular masala idlis or Idli upma etc. 

Grilled Idli Sandwich
Grilled Idli Sandwich

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Grilled Idli Sandwich

Ingredients Needed:

Idli Batter - 1 cup

Potato Masala

Potatos - 2 small
Onion - 1 big
Green Chilies - 2 medium
Curry leaves handful
Mustard seeds, Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder a pinch
Oil for cooking

How to grill idli sandwich

For the Potato Masala

Wash and make the potatoes with knife on top, then mw for 6 -7 mins. Peel the skin once done, mash well.

Heat a non stick pan with oil, saute onions, green chilies, mustard seeds, curry leaves.

When the onions are done, add mashed potato, salt and turmeric powder. Mix well and simmer for 5 mins. Keep it aside.

For grilling the Idlis.

Grease the sandwich maker with oil. Switch to power mode. It will automatically turn to green when it becomes hot.

Pour few drops of oil on the bottom pan, using a ladle pour the idli batter on the bottom pan.

Scoop a spoonful of potato masala on to the center, cover with more batter.

Sprinkle with oil again and close the top. At this stage, the light on the sandwich maker will be yellow. Once it is cooked the light turns to green, open and check if it's done.

Since this is a non stick appliance, make sure you don't use any sharp objects to handle the cooked idlis.

Once the bottom is grilled well, turn to the other side and cook for couple of minutes.

When it's cooked on both sides, remove and serve with chutney of choice.

Recipes with leftover Idli Batter


Any masala can be added instead of potato.
I have covered two of them together and formed a sandwich shape.

Amma said she couldn't identify that I made these on the sandwich maker and it was really so delicious with the other crust being so crispy and well grilled.

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Chef Mireille March 25, 2012 at 7:33 AM  

...I still haven't tried any idlis yet...I must do so soon!!!

vaishali sabnani March 25, 2012 at 10:46 AM  

this is a wondeful way to use idli recipe..Infact I make dahiwadas this way!!

Kavi March 25, 2012 at 12:07 PM  

Wow, this is really interesting!

Rajani March 25, 2012 at 12:25 PM  

Wow! A real twist indeed! Have never tried of heard of this before. Great idea.

The Pumpkin Farm March 25, 2012 at 3:17 PM  

this is such a lovely theme Valli, cant help appreaciating how much i am enjoying this one..and you have a got a nice recipe too to fit the bill

the mad March 25, 2012 at 6:26 PM  

Love the twist.

Usha March 25, 2012 at 6:26 PM  

This is an innovative recipe.. Good one!

Jayanthi March 25, 2012 at 8:27 PM  

A very new twist and mind blowing idea. Can't beat this one for sure. Very nice Valli. Lovely!!!

Preeti Garg March 25, 2012 at 8:59 PM  

very innovative and quick method of idli sandwich

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi March 25, 2012 at 9:33 PM  

thats a creative one there!

Jayashree March 25, 2012 at 11:23 PM  

This is one twist that I am sure to try out, Valli. Love the idea.

Archana Vivek March 26, 2012 at 2:55 AM  

wow this is nice. does the batter cook well inside in a sandwich maker?

Reshmi March 26, 2012 at 9:59 AM  

this is a great idea.. and quick too .. will try.. thanx for sharing.. do come to my space.. Noel collections

Hemavathi Murari March 26, 2012 at 10:21 AM  

superb one. love the idea.

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Rasi March 26, 2012 at 11:18 AM  

This is such an awesome twist.. never would have thought of purring the batter in the pan.. thought maybe you have mashed the dili & used it a filling.. really good one :)

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rekhas kitchen March 26, 2012 at 4:59 PM  

When I saw the theme I know you are going to make some thing like this. This is the real twist Valli supeb!!!!!

PJ March 26, 2012 at 6:30 PM  

Very innovative recipe Srivalli. I would never have though of making idli sandwich in this method...

Cool Lassi(e) March 27, 2012 at 1:55 AM  

That is quite innovative. I have never used that sandwich maker for anything else besides bread. That is indeed a major twist. Lovely!

Suma Gandlur March 27, 2012 at 2:32 AM  

Wow, this sounds so interesting.

Kalyani March 27, 2012 at 10:19 AM  

ooh ! thats the first time I am seeing the grill being used for Idli batter.. nice innovative idea...

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PriyaVaasu March 27, 2012 at 2:13 PM  

idly in a sandwich makes, very new valli, looks yum!!!

A Kamalika Krishmy March 27, 2012 at 2:29 PM  

Sooper duper innovation... When i read the name I was wondering how can u grill idli when it wud be cooked already.. I did not think you wud pour the batter in the grill itself

Rujuta March 28, 2012 at 6:02 PM  

Dear Srivalli,
Grilled idli sandwich... wow....
Thats very innovative & creative...
The clicks look so delicious and appealing that I feel like trying out it immediately.....

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