Jan 25, 2011

Idli Upma

This is my first project of Left Over Make Over. Idli is my kids one of the favorite breakfast. When I was a kid, My mom always used to make it, as it is easy to prepare for the whole family at once , unlike Dosa. Me and my sister always get disappoint if the Breakfast of the day is Idli, not because it does not taste good, but it is the same weekend routine breakfast.  However once I came to USA, not having the luxury of having Indian breakfast at all, after some days and months, both me and my husband start craving for Idli, and there are times we went to Indian Buffet, just to have Idli. Lot of History on Idli, I will come to point in a min, Though it is easy to prepare Idli, it is an art to prepare Idli that looks like Cotton Balls or soft as melts in mouth. On the other side some times they can become like rocks also. For those worst times, this recipe should be savior to transform into another Yum! Yum! Yum! recipe. Here it is and Give it a try and Enjoy!

Leftover Idli - 2
Oil - 1 tsp
Green peas (frozen) - 1/4 cup
Red Onion -  1/4 small
Green Chile - 1 small
Red Chili  - 1
Urad Dal -  1 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt  - 1 tsp ( according to taste)
Lime Juice - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - 4 to5
Chopped Cilantro - 1 Tbsp
Cashew Nuts - 4 to 5

  • Take the Non stick pan on the stove and add oil to it
  • Once the Oil is hot add Red Chili, Urad Dal, Cumin Seeds, Mustard Seeds and wait for them to Splutter
  • Then add the Curry leaves, followed by thinly sliced onions and green chilie
  • Mean while, microwave the peas on high for 1min.
  • Add the peas to the pan followed by Cashew Nuts. And then add the salt and turmeric powder.
  • Let all the flavors sink into vegetables. Mean while Crumble the Idli into small pieces or more like powder.
  • Add the crumbled Idli to the pan and mix it all together.
  • Switch off the stove and then sprinkle the lime juice and add the chopped cilantro. Let it be on stove for 1 or 2 min.
  • Mix it well and Transfer to a plate and Garnish with some more cilantro or chives.
  • Yum! Yum! Yum! another yummy breakfast is ready in minutes. and no more throwing of those rock like Idli.
Have a Happy Morning Guys.... 

Serving Tip:   This can be served as a breakfast or pack this for your kids lunch box or make it as a evening snack.
For my kids  I top with some ketchup. If you make this for kids, you can go little easy on green chili. Or cut them Big slices so that they don't bite them.


  1. great idea definite change from frying them!

  2. Healthy and delicious idli upmsa..loved idea of adding peas in it.



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