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Seeralam, Lentil Idli Fry Recipe, Lentil Nuggets

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


Recipe for Seeralam – lentil idlies tossed in a masala. A very healthy evening snack for children. With step by step pictures.



For the lentil idlies

  • 3 tablespoon toor dal
  • 3 tablespoon moong dal
  • 3 tablespoon chana dal
  • 3 tablespoon raw rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 dried red chillies

For tempering

  • 2 teaspoon peanut oil
  • 1/4 mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon split white urad dal
  • 1/2 inch piece ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon fresh shredded coconut


  1. Soak 3 tablespoon each of moong dal, toor dal, chana dal and raw rice in water for a couple of hours.
  2. Drain the water and use half a cup of the drained water to grind the dals and rice. Add in asafoetida (hing), salt and red chillies while grinding. Grind to a smooth paste.
  3. Fill the idli plate moulds with the ground batter and steam for 15 minutes. After steaming, allow it to cool completely.
  4. Once cooled, remove the cooked dal mixture from the mould and dice it into small pieces. Set aside.
  5. Heat oil in a pan and add in the mustard seeds and the urad dal. Let the seeds splutter. Add in the finely chopped ginger, curry leaves, chopped green chillies and finely chopped onion. Saute for a couple of minutes till the onions are soft.
  6. Add in the diced dal-rice idlies and fry for a minute. Add in the salt and toss well to coat. Finally, add in the fresh shredded coconut and toss well to coat. Remove from heat and serve hot!
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Evening Snack
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu