Idli upma

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Preparation Time : 15 minutes

Cooking Time : 10 minutes

Serving: 2 members


Idli upma . Upma is one dish I hate …. But I do crave a lot for the upma’s that were served to us in good shepherd public school (ooty )on Sunday mornings along with masala omelet . I used to fill the omelet with the upma inside , roll it and eat it like a katti roll . This idli upma recipe I learnt from one of my cooks at my in – laws place Which is a fast , clever , easy and time saving one pot dish . A genius quick fix with left over idlis at home . The high light of this recipe is the lime added which gives an oomph factor , Resulting deliciously tart . This dish did wonders when I had to pack lunch for my kids to school . It was my go – to quick fix when pressed for time . My daughter ANISHA is a die heart fan of this idli upma . She ends up asking for this idli upma very often which is a staple that’s adapted to suit the brew available .  upma


Left over idli 6
Big onion1 chopped
small onion10 chopped
Green chilli1 chopped
Ginger 1/4 inch piece grated
Salt as needed
Cooking oil1 tablespoon
Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon
Urad dal1 teaspoon
Channa dal1 teaspoon
Dry Red chillies2 each torn into two
Curry leaves 1 strand
Asafoetida a pinch
Lime juice1/2 a lime
Turmeric powder1/4 teaspoon


  1. Dip the idlis in salted water for 5-6 seconds . Remove and Crumble the idlies well and set aside.heat oil in a non – stick kadai .
  2. Add mustard seeds , urad dal , channa dal ,torn dry red chillies and curry leaves .
  3. Once the mustard seeds crackle top with hing , onions , grated ginger and green chillies .Once the onions turn translucent add turmeric powder and lime juice .
  4. Saute for 10 seconds and top with the crumbled idlis and toss well in a very low heat .
  5. Making sure the yellow colour Coates well all around the crumbled idlis and the flavours infuse together .
  6. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot .


  1. You can avoid the turmeric powder and lime juice following the same recipe to get a white color bland idli upma .
  2. You can add a sprinkle of idli podi ( powder ) to add more flavour to the idli upma .
  3. At times even the left over vegetable poriyals ( sabzis ) are also added to the idli upma . ( My favorite is potato fry to be added )