Tandoori idly, I have eaten this idly more than dozen times. i have seen it in menu's only in pondicherry hotels. right from my childhood, it is my favorite dish. though I wanted to share the recipe for tandoori idly years back, the time came just today.
Tandoori means marinating with yogurt and spices, and then cooking in a tandoor oven. so the idly has to be marinated in curd and tandoori masala, after marinating, the idly should be fried. then gravy should be poured over the fried idly. though fried, the idly turns soft on soaking in the gravy. according to me, it’s pointless in frying the idly. also i hate to fry something well cooked. if you prefer frying idly, do that.
You can call this dish as a mock tandoori chicken. the idly gets soaked well in the gravy and the flavor and taste will be so good. never try this with left over idly. even in that case, reheat the idly and pour the gravy over it.