Idli Upma

Idli Upma

A quick and simple recipe to use leftover idli’s.


  • Leftover idli’s – 3
  • Oil – for saute
  • Mustard seeds – 2 pinches
  • Urad dal – 1/4 tsp
  • Channa dal – 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 4
  • Onion – 3 tbsps, mince it as small as possible( speeds up the cooking time)
  • Serrano pepper – half a pepper cut lengthwise
  • Turmeric powder – half of 1/8th tsp
  • Salt – the idli has salt, so add if required
  • Cilantro – for garnishing


  • Crush idli’s into small pieces.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add mustard seeds and wait till it splutters.
  • Add urad dal and channa dal. Keep stirring continuously until the dals turn golden brown.
  • Add onions,curry leaf and Serrano pepper.
  • When the onions turn golden brown, add turmeric powder and mix it for few seconds.
  • Add crushed idli’s and salt( if required).
  • Keep stirring continuously until the crushed idli’s are warm.
  • Turn off the heat and enjoy and garnish with cilantro.