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Idli Chaat (South Indian Appetizer)

Idli Chaat (South Indian Appetizer)

Idli Chaat, South Indian Appetizer

Idli Chaat is a tasty twist to traditional South Indian Idli. This can be served as an appetizer or an afternoon snack. It's quick and easy to make, with the perfect savory flavors! Try this recipe today and you will be satisfied with a great dish! 
4.2 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3 people


  • 6 Idlies
  • 1/2 cup potatoes boiled peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp green chili finely chopped
  • 2/3 cup yogurt whipped dahi,curd
  • 3 Tbsp hari cilantro chutney
  • 3 Tbsp tamarind chutney
  • 1/4 cup fine sev


  • I am using store bought frozen idlies or you can also use left over idlies. Make sure though frozen idlies to bring to room temperature.
  • Whip the yogurt until smooth. Add a little milk as needed to make the pourable consistency. 
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan and arrange the idle do not overlap them. Cooked the idlis over medium heat, turn them about 3-4 time, till they are light golden brown both sides. This should take about 4 minutes.
  • Transfer them on a plate and stir-fry the potatoes in the same pan sprinkling the 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Stir-fry the potatoes till they start getting light golden color this should take about 2 minutes.  

Serving the Idli Chaat

  • Arrange the idlies in a serving plate, sprinkle remaining salt ¼ teaspoon. Put ½ the potatoes drizzle the yogurt, cilantro chutney and tamarind chutney. Garnish with green chilies and fine sev.


You can slice the idli in about 6 pieces and stir fry. This is another delicious way to serve to serve left over idlies.
You will also enjoy Dahi Vada, and Bhel Puri. Links for Cilantro Chutney and tamarind Chutney
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5 thoughts on “Idli Chaat (South Indian Appetizer)

  1. I’ve never made idlis because I didn’t have an idli maker. I’ve never looked for frozen ones, though I have a great Indian grocery store near me. I will definitely be going to try these. Thank you.

  2. 5 stars
    I am a idly lover, this is all new way of relishing Idly…i will definitely try this for my wife….Thanks for sharing.

  3. Dear Manjula.
    I’ve never made idlies because I don’t have an idlie maker. Thank you for telling us that they can be bought frozen. I will do that.
    The recipe says to put 1/2 of the potatoes. What is done with the other 1/2 of the potatoes? Thank you.

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