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Idly Upma

During my school and college days, Idly upma will be there atleast twice a week in my breakfast menu. I loveee Idly upma that too my mom’s..We can make Idly upma in different ways by adding different masalas. For spice, we can add green chillies or pepper powder or even red chilli powder. We can add even tomatoes, fennel seeds or any other masalas. But I love Idly upma in simple way with more urad dal for the crunchy taste. Here is the recipe…

Time of Preparation : 15 minutes
Spice level : 3
No of Servings :1

Ingredients :

  • Leftover Idly – 4
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Channa dal – 1/2 tbsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tbsp
  • Red chillies – 2
  • Onion (finely chopped) – 1/4 cup
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Curry leaves – a few
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Ginger (grated or finely chopped) – 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Oil – 1 tbsp

Method of Preparation:

  1. Crush the idlies to small pieces.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds followed by asafoetida, curry leaves, channa dal, urad dal and red chillies.
  3. Before the dals turn brown add the onions followed by the ginger and turmeric powder.
  4. Fry for 2 minutes and add the leftover idly.
  5. Add very little salt since the idly has already salt in it.
  6. Fry them for 5 minutes in medium heat.
  7. Serve it with coconut chutney or you can have as such.


  1. Yum, would love it as a breakfast or snack 🙂

  2. Looks delicious! Great way to use up leftover idly!

  3. Lovely looking idli upma. Excellent color as well.

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  4. My hubby’s favorite. I make this often. Nice color and yummy preparation

  5. This is yummy, my fav too!

  6. Thats a delicious use of leftover idlis 🙂

  7. My fav too.. looks super…

  8. my all time fav, love ur version

  9. Thank you friends for your encouraging comments..