Idli Manchurian served in a cute little box with fruits blurred in the background
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5 from 10 votes

Idli Manchurian

Idli Manchurian - deep-fried rice and lentil pancakes/idli pieces tossed in sweet and spicy Manchurian sauce.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Fusion, Indo-Chinese
Servings: 3
Author: Srividhya G


  • Idli - 8
  • Oil for frying

For the Sauce:

  • Onion - 1/2
  • Chopped Bell Pepper I used green and orange - 1/4 cup
  • Green Onions - 2
  • Peanut Oil - 2 tsps
  • Ketchup - 1/4 cup
  • Green Chili - 2
  • Garlic Cloves - 2
  • Low Sodium Soy Sauce - 2 tsp
  • Vinegar - 1 tsp
  • Siracha Sauce - 1 tsp
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp


Prep - Work:

  • Chop all the veggies and slit the green chilies into two and set aside.
  • Cut the idlis into small pieces.


  • Heat the oil for frying. When the oil is hot, carefully drop the idli pieces and fry until golden brown.
  • Keep them in a tissue paper to remove the excess oil.
  • Now, heat a pan or kadai and add the peanut oil.
  • When the oil is hot, add the chopped garlic and slit green chilies.
  • Let it brown and then add the green onions and the regular onion.
  • Cook until they turn translucent.
  • Then add the bell peppers and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Next, add the sriracha, ketchup, vinegar and soy sauce.
  • Mix them and then add sugar and salt.
  • Now add the fried idli pieces and combine them all. Ensure all the idli pieces are coated well with the sauce.
  • Let it cook for 2 to 3 minutes and turn off the heat.
  • Yummy idli Manchurian is ready. I let it cook and pack this as is. This obviously doesn't need any side dishes.


  • Instead of deep frying, you can shallow fry the idli pieces.
  • I added both sriracha and green chili. Instead, you can increase the amount of sriracha or add a mix of sriracha and green chili sauce.
  • Sugar adds a delicate balance, hence I would recommend adding it.
  • Adjust the salt and spices as per your preference.
  • You can replace idli with paneer too.