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How to Make Idli Jamuns (Idli Dessert)

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Idli jamuns (a dessert made from idli leftovers).

Idli jamuns (a dessert made from idli leftovers).

A Wonderful Dessert Made With Leftover Idlis

Idli is a very common breakfast dish in India. Since it's made so frequently, the typical Indian home will often have leftovers. Using up the leftovers can sometimes be a challenge, so making a dessert out of them is a brilliant idea.

Idli jamuns are crunchy, soft, and incredibly delicious. Making them is fun and hassle-free. It took me about fifteen minutes to make this treat for three people.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

15 min

20 min

Serves three people

Ingredients

  • 3 idlis (I used flat idlis), chopped into 1-centimeter cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 10 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 to 3 cardamom pods, crushed into powder
  • oil for deep-frying

Instructions

  1. Make sugar syrup: In a saucepan, add 1 1/2 cups water and sugar. Boil the mixture. Stir it occasionally.
  2. Boil until the syrup thickens a bit. Add cardamom powder. Mix well.
  3. Making the sugar syrup may take about 8 to 10 minutes over medium heat. Next, turn off the heat. Roughly cover the syrup with a lid. Set aside.
  4. Fry idli pieces in oil until crispy and golden brown. Drain the excess oil.
  5. Put them in the sugar syrup. Fry all the idli pieces and soak them in hot syrup. Set aside until the fried idli chunks absorb the syrup and become soft and juicy.
  6. Serve 3 to 4 jamuns along with some sugar syrup in a bowl. Enjoy this heavenly treat!

Photo Guide

Step one: To make the sugar syrup, add water to a saucepan as per instructions. Add sugar to it. Boil the mixture until it thickens a bit. Throw in cardamom powder. Turn off the heat. Cover it partially.

Step one: To make the sugar syrup, add water to a saucepan as per instructions. Add sugar to it. Boil the mixture until it thickens a bit. Throw in cardamom powder. Turn off the heat. Cover it partially.

Sugar syrup.

Sugar syrup.

Step two: Deep-fry idli chunks in oil until they become crispy and golden brown.

Step two: Deep-fry idli chunks in oil until they become crispy and golden brown.

Different stages of frying idli pieces.

Different stages of frying idli pieces.

The idlis are becoming more golden brown.

The idlis are becoming more golden brown.

The idlis are almost done frying.

The idlis are almost done frying.

Remove them and drain the excess oil. Put them into the hot sugar syrup. Fry all the idli pieces and put them in the syrup. Turn them once, so that each chunk absorbs sugar syrup. Set it aside.

Remove them and drain the excess oil. Put them into the hot sugar syrup. Fry all the idli pieces and put them in the syrup. Turn them once, so that each chunk absorbs sugar syrup. Set it aside.

Serve this yummy dessert once the idlis are soft and juicy. Enjoy eating this heavenly jamun!

Serve this yummy dessert once the idlis are soft and juicy. Enjoy eating this heavenly jamun!

Idli jamuns.

Idli jamuns.