Idly Upma

Idly Upma

Category: Breakfast

Cuisine: South Indian

What to do with leftover idlis? Read on to find out - How to make idli upma! Flavorful with a touch of change
- By Parkavi

About Recipe

Eating left-over idlis might be boring. So, what should you do? Make your left-over idlis interesting by adding a savoury touch and turning it into an amazing & filling meal - Idli Upma. Idli is a fluffy steamed cake, made from a batter mixture of fermented black lentils (Urad Dal) and rice. A traditional South-Indian breakfast served with sambar and a variety of chutneys.

Do you know where Idli came from? It is believed that Hindu settlers/traders brought Idli to India all the way from Indonesia, and their closest meal resembling idli is called ‘keddli’. Since then it has undergone several modifications to suit the South-Indian taste buds of what we now call Idli.

Idli Upma is a wholesome meal where idlis are crumbled and tossed in a spicy temper. Now some like it with vegetables and some not. Here is a version of the recipe with vegetables. You can also choose to skip that step!


Idly - 12 No. crumbled

Onion - 1 chopped

Green peas - 1/2 cup boiled

Salt - As per taste

Turmeric - 1/2 tsp

Ginger - 1 tsp finely chopped

Coconut oil - 1 tsp

Mustard seeds - 1 tsp

Veggies (Carrot, Beans) - 1 cup finely chopped

Cumin seeds - 1 tsp

Chana dal - 1 tsp

Urad dal - 1 tsp

Cashews - 3 tsp

Roasted peanuts - 2 tsp

Green chilli - 2

Red chilli - 1

Curry leaves - 1 sprig

Asafoetida - A pinch

Coriander - A few chopped

Lemon - Half

Coconut - 2 tsp grated

Preparation Time: 25 min

Cooking Time: 10 min


Take the leftover idly and crumble the idly using your fingers or cut it into small pieces. Keep it aside.

Heat oil in a pan over a medium flame.

Add Mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, chana dal, cashews, roasted peanuts, green/red chilli, curry leaves and ginger.

Then add onion and sprinkle some salt. Saute until it turns pink or translucent.

Add in your veggies and boiled peas at this point and let it cook. Sprinkle a little water if required.

Add turmeric powder, Give it a nice mix. Add crumbled idly once the veggies are cooked. Mix it well.

Garnish with coconut and turn off the flame.

Add Lemon juice for a tangy flavour and finally garnish it with coriander.

Idly Upma is now ready to be served with sambar and chutney.

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