Thursday, June 14, 2007

Spicy Masala Idli Upma

What do you do if you wanted to pack for lunch but besides a few old ildies
there were not many choices, my mother is visiting and she came
up with this tasty fare with those leftover idlies. I usually make Idli Upma with just onion and green chillies, mustard and curry leaves. This is a delicious variation with many possibilities and a complete meal.

1. 5-6 day old idlies crumbled and sprinkle a few drops of water
2. 1 Potato boiled till about 3/4 cooked and cut into cubess
Variation: mixture of green beans, carrots and peas
3. 1/4 red onion choppped fine
4. 3 cloves of garlic chopped fine
5. a smally piece of ginger grated
6. 2 green chillies slit
7. 1 red chilli broken in two seeds removed
8. 1 tsp of corriander powder
9. 1 tsp of sambhar powder
10. Curry leaves a few, mustard and urad dal
11. 1 tsp Oil

1. In a pan heat oil and add the urad dal when it starts to brown add the mustard seed when it starts to pop add the curry leaves.
2.Add the green chillies, red chilli and ginger and saute.
3.Add the onions and saute till translucent, then add the garlic and grated ginger.
4.Add the powder and required salt, saute till raw smell goes and then add a tbsp of water.
5.Now add the potatoes cover and cook till the potatoes are soft and water is evaported.
6. Add the crumbled idlies and mix well till it is coated with the masala.

This was a wonderful tasty treat for the afternoon lunch along with a cup of yogurt.


  1. Hi ISG, I can see from your mother's recipe, you are both very inventive with a special flair for cooking! I might try this with leftover dhoklas too (yes, have a few of those!). Hope you are all enjoying a wonderful visit! :)

    BTW bugs did invade the eggplant -- your spray idea took care of them, thanks!

  2. Thats a great way to use the leftover idlis...I've always liked that!


  3. You know Indo,I have never tried Idli Upma even when I had some flat idlis sometimes!:)
    I have got to try this,looks like a great tasting dish.Thanks girl.

  4. When I was in B'lore, once my colleague had got this and I have been hooked ever since. We do not make idlis much at home, so I would even pack idlis from restaurants to just make this the next day !!!

  5. my mom does that all the time
    so y sambar powder?
    does it give a spl taste?

  6. hey, this looks delicious ISG. Great idea for a quick and light lunch!

  7. I find adding turmeric and peas to this upma takes it to the next level, so that people don't go 'Ha! Idli upma'... Hello.. its IDLY UPMA...

  8. wow! that sure is a nice idea, looks yummy! a very quick meal to put together, thanks!

  9. Even I prepare idli upma,but its in a different way,simple and easy.SOme time even i will post that :-)

  10. Hi,
    wow! upma looks gr8.One of the easiest recipe with idli.Thanks for sharing.

  11. Seems like everyone's mom is visiting - Sig, Nupur, now you :) wonderful times. Moms are cool, they are such inventors huh? Look at this dish your mom came up with.

  12. Linda tell me how the dhokla upma turns out, I am so glad that the bug spray worked for the eggplants.

    Anusha instead of adding red chilli powder we generally add sambhar powder which enhances the flavor (this is homemade sambhar powder which also included red chillies)

    Sandeepa try the Gits or MTR idli mixes, they are pretty good or packing from a restaurant works too :)

    Cynthia so true, I was just starting to complain when she said idli upma but I had spoken too fast, this one was fancy.

  13. Asha you should give idli upmas a try.

    Suganya yes it was sure was "Hello Idli Upma" moment for me with this one.

  14. Hi!
    when we are hungry and no side dish to idli... my mom too used to make this.but very simply no spices..will try this..

  15. This is my fav...Love idli upma....

  16. I love idli upmas Indo. When I was a kid there would be idlies for breakfast almost every day.. and with the leftover ones we make idli upma for evening snack!!!
    I rarely make idlies now and ur upma makes me crave...

  17. Prema why don't you make Idlies? I start to long for them if go without them for a week.

  18. I agree with you. The dish prepared from leftovers are more tastier. Very nice and wonderful post. Viji


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