February 4, 2014

How to Make Idli Upma

To make different breakfast every day is a big headache. And above all, it is necessary that the recipe should be good in taste and of course quick also. So I tried to cook a combination of two very popular recipes together. As we all know Idli and are very well known South Indian recipe. I tried to combine both today, and it came out very nicely with fewer ingredients and efforts. I think Idli Upma is the best option for breakfast as well as anytime snack and above all ideal for kids lunch box also. 

Preparation time - 2 to 3 minutes
Cooking time - 5 minutes
Makes - 2 servings

Ingredients to make Idli Upma:

1 tablespoon oil
1 big onion finely chopped
1 teaspoon urad dal
1 tablespoon chopped cashews
7 to 8 idlies
( ideally left over)
Salt to taste
8 to 10 curry leaves
A pinch turmeric powder
3 to 3 green chillies finely chopped 
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds

To serve with:

Coconut chutney 

Method to make Idli Upma:

  • Crumble idlies with hand and keep aside.
  • In a pan heat oil and add mustard seeds. When they crackle add urad dal, cashews, onion, curry leaves and green chillies. Cook them for 2 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add turmeric powder and salt to crumbled idlis and mix well. (be careful while adding salt.)
  • Add it to the pan and mix well.
  • Hot and quick Idli upma is ready to serve.


  • With the same ingredients veg. idli upma can be made. Add par boiled carrots, boiled green peas, capsicum and tomatoes to it.

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