Batter up! 5 delicious recipes to transform leftover idli or dosa batter

5 Innovative Recipes using leftover idli batter to Try at home

05 Apr 2024

Finding ways to reuse leftover idli or dosa batter can be a real head-scratcher, especially when you don’t want to treat your family to another round of idli. Dont worry! Because the best thing about idli batter is its versatility. This flavor- and nutrition-rich fermented batter holds the potential for so much more than one can imagine. Don’t believe us? Here are five delicious and healthy ideas that will transform your leftover batter into culinary marvels.

Appe (Paniyaram)

Turn your idli or dosa batter into a delightful, bite-sized savoury Appe. Also known as Paniyaram, these little treats are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Heat up your appe pan, pour a spoonful of batter into each mould, and let cook until golden brown. Serve with chutney or sambar for a tasty snack or breakfast option.


Uttapam, the thicker, heartier cousin of dosa, is another South Indian classic you can make using leftover batter. Pour the batter onto a heated griddle, then top your favourite toppings like onions, tomatoes, carrots, and green chilies; cook until crispy on the exterior. Serve hot with coconut chutney or a dollop of tangy pickle for a wholesome meal.


Ever thought of reusing idli batter for a Gujarati dish? If not, then here's your clue to try this hack. Handvi is a savory Gujrathi snack made using fermented rice and lentil batter. Add grated veggies like carrots and green peas to the leftover idli batter, then steam it in a mould till cooked through. Finally, temper it with mustard seeds, curry leaves, and green chilies, and your light, scrumptious teatime treat is ready!

Savoury Waffles


Feeling adventurous? Surprise your taste buds with delicious savoury waffles made from leftover idli or dosa batter. Simply adjust the batter consistency and pour the remaining batter into a hot waffle iron. Cook until golden brown and crispy. They go great with a dollop of yoghurt or a dash of salsa.

Dhok-li Sushi


Bet you didn't see this coming!!!  Reuse leftover idli or dosa batter to make sushi. Combination of dhokla and idli with the presentation of Japanese sushi, this fusion recipe will satisfy your hunger pangs right away! Thin strips of fried batter will substitute rice; fill them with your favourite contents, such as veggies, paneer, boiled sprouts, or cooked fish, and roll firmly. Slice the roll into tiny bite-sized pieces and serve with any chutney of choice.

Next time, don’t toss away your leftover idli or dosa batter; instead, unleash your culinary creativity and try one of these mouthwatering dishes!

Tell us in the comments which one you like the most!

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