Mini Fried Idlies


After the age of 8 months babies start eating dosas, idlies, etc; Fried idlies is a good choice at this point as the size is perfect for babies and it takes lesser time to make than idlies. Moreover, adding some vegetables can help make it a nutritious choice for your baby.

For this dish you need to get a stand which resembles a tava with molds in it. This is locally called a Kuzhi Paniyaram stand and can be directly used on flame for making these mini fried idlies.

Ingredients :

  • 3 tablespoons of dosa batter
  • 1/2 teaspoon rai
  • 1/4 carrot, grated
  • 1/2 tomato, finely chopped
  • Few mint leaves, finely chopped

Procedure :

  1. Mix a pinch of salt in dosa batter
  2. Grease the molds with ghee. Add rai and let it crackle.
  3. Fill batter in each mold.
  4. Garnish with grated carrot, finely cut tomatoes and mint leaves.
  5. Fry each idly for about 5 mins. Flip over and continue frying the opposite side.



If this dish is being made for adults :

  1. You can add some more salt, finely chopped onions, green chillies and grated ginger to the dosa batter. Add a tadka of rai, channa dal and curry leaves. Use oil instead of ghee here.
  2. Please try to use dosa batter thats slightly sour. In other words, you can use up the previous days leftover batter.
  3. You can use Spring onion leaves instead of mint leaves. Your baby might like this variation too.

Please NOTE :

  1. Try to use a non-stick mold as otherwise you will need to pour ghee from the sides after filling batter into the molds.
  2. My stand’s manual told me to use it only on low flame. Please read instructions on your stand before using.