idli upma recipe, how to make idli upma recipe

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idli upma recipe - quick 15 minute recipe of upma made with leftover idlis.
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idli upma recipe with step by step photos – simple, no frills homely upma recipe made with leftover idlis.

idli upma recipe

with leftover idlis, many recipes can be made. a few i have already shared like:

this recipe is an easy way to use leftover idlis to make a quick breakfast and gets done in 15 minutes. you can use fresh idlis or idlis which have been refrigerated. if using idlis which have been refrigerated, then allow them to come at room temperature before making the upma.

there are many variations you can do in this idli upma recipe like adding some grated veggies, boiled peas and even adding dry fruits like cashews. you can also add roasted peanuts. spice it up more or less and you can make the upma the way you like. idli podi can also be added. for this recipe post, i have not used idli podi, as some readers might not have idli podi. so i have kept the recipe simple for everybody to follow. but if you have idli podi, then you can add it to the upma.

i am sharing a simple version which is not spicy and goes very well with a side coconut chutney or a lemon pickle. for a mumbai style version, sprinkle some sev and drizzle some lemon juice on the upma. if you have made the upma with fresh idlis, then you can pack it in tiffin box too.

serve idli upma with some coconut chutney or lemon pickle.

if you are looking for more upma recipes then do check oats upma, bread upma, tomato upma, seviyan upma and rava upma recipe.

idli upma recipe
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idli upma recipe

idli upma recipe - quick 15 minute recipe of upma made with leftover idlis.
course breakfasts
cuisine south indian
prep time 5 minutes
cook time 10 minutes
total time 15 minutes
servings 1 to 2
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 5 to 6 idlis, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • ½ teaspoon split husked bengal gram (urad dal)
  • 5 to 6 curry leaves, chopped or kept whole (kadi patta)
  • ½ teaspoon ginger, finely chopped (adrak)
  • 1 green chili, chopped (hari mirch)
  • 1 dry red chili, use red chilies which are not hot (sookhi lal mirch)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida, optional (hing)
  • ¼ cup chopped onion or 1 small onion chopped
  • salt as required
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons coriander leaves, chopped (dhania patta)

how to make recipe

  1. crumble 5 to 6 idlis and keep aside.
  2. heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. add 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds and let them crackle.
  3. when they start crackling, add 1/2 teaspoon urad dal & 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds.
  4. saute till the urad dal turns golden.
  5. then add 5 to 6 curry leaves (chopped or kept whole), 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped ginger, 1 dry red chili and 1 green chili (chopped). you can also add a pinch of asafoetida at this step.
  6. stir and then add 1/4 cup chopped onion.
  7. saute till the onions turn translucent.
  8. then add the crumbled idli. also add a bit of salt.
  9. mix very well and saute for a minute or two.
  10. then switch off the flame. lastly add 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves. at this step, you can also add some grated coconut.
  11. mix again and serve idli upma with some coconut chutney or lemon pickle.

recipe notes

recipe can be easily doubled.

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how to make idli upma recipe

1. crumble 5 to 6 idlis and keep aside.

idli for idli upma recipe

2. heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds and let them crackle.

mustard for idli upma recipe

3. when they start crackling, add ½ teaspoon urad dal (split husked bengal gram).

dal to make idli upma recipe

4. then add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds.

cumin to make idli upma recipe

5. saute till the urad dal turns golden.

making idli upma recipe

6. then add 5 to 6 curry leaves (chopped or kept whole), ½ teaspoon finely chopped ginger, 1 dry red chili and 1 green chili (chopped). you can also add a pinch of asafoetida at this step.

making idli upma recipe

7. stir and then add ¼ cup chopped onion.

onions to make idli upma recipe

8. saute till the onions turn translucent.

onions to make idli upma recipe

9. then add the crumbled idli. also add a bit of salt.

idli to make idli upma recipe

10. mix very well and saute for a minute or two.

idli to make idli upma recipe

11. then switch off the flame. lastly add 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves. at this step, you can also add some grated coconut.

making idli upma recipe

12. mix again.

preparing idli upma recipe

serve idli upma with some coconut chutney or lemon pickle.

idli upma

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Hi…mam I love your recipes.often tried them.& Tomorrow early in the I will make yummy idli upma for tiffin.hope that it’s be good

    • pleased to know this thank you kalpna 🙂 for your positive views. surely try and let us know how the idli upma was?

  2. wow! yummy

    • thank you mary.

  3. My mother and my badi maa used to make this and still make this. Instead of corriander leaves they used curry leaves. One of my favourite things to eat turns into another. Thanks for sharing it. I am gonna try too.

    • welcome deep and thank you for your kind words and positive views 🙂