Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Idli Upma Recipe-Recipe with Leftover idlis

Idli upma is a very simple and delicious dish made with leftover idlis.This is a very common breakfast dish in South India, which can be prepared in no time.You can prepare this upma even if your idlis are hard, but don't forget to check out my post on how to make soft idlis. Today we will learn how to make idli upma following this easy recipe with leftover idlys.

Idli Upma

Leftover Idly Upma

Prep time - under 10 mins
Cook time - under 10 mins
Serves - 1

Ingredients needed

Crumbled idli - 3 cups
Onion -1 cup finely chopped
Green chilli -3 finely chopped
Ginger - 1 inch piece finely chopped
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Idli Podi - 1 1/2 tsp (optional but highly recommended)
Salt as required

For the seasoning

Oil - 1 1/2 tbsp
Mustard -1 tsp
Bengal gram - 3/4 tsp
Urad dal - 3/4 tsp
Red chillies -2
Hing - generous pinch
Curry leaves - few


Crumble the idlis  coarsely with your fingers or you can use the mixie for better results.Cut the idlis into 2-3 pieces and put it in the mixie and pulse it for a few seconds.(Use the whipper button with the normal blade used for dry grinding) The idlis will get crumbled evenly. Keep it aside.


Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add bengal gram, urad dal, red chillies, hing and curry leaves.

When dal turns golden brown, add finely chopped onions, green chillies, ginger, turmeric powder, salt needed and saute till onions turns transparent.Then add the crumbled idli, idli podi and mix well.Check for salt.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with hot sambar or chutney.

Note - Do not crumble hot idlis as it will not crumble but will end up sticky. The idlis have to be cold, so that it will get crumbled nicely. You can refrigerate the idlis for 2-3 hours and then pulse it in the mixie. You can use the whipper button for few seconds also to crumble the idlis evenly. 

This upma is so delicious that you will find yourself making extra idlis just to prepare this upma.


  1. idly upma has got a spl place in all kitchen :)

  2. Hello dear, hru over there? I'd love to taste this idli upma one day as I don't make idlis coz none in the house eats it except for myself. Grrrrrr..

    Your idli upma allures me! ;)

  3. This is my daughter's favourite, funnily she doesn't like idlis !!!

  4. loved this quick and delicious snack from left over idli.

  5. Very quick recipe...Love the addition of idly podi..

  6. lovely upma!! my one of the favorite breakfast... yummy!!!

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  7. Simply love to have this upma anytime..inviting bowl.

  8. This is a great way to use the leftover idli. And the addition of idli podi makes it tastier.

  9. Idly upma looks delicious. Perfect one.

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  11. Very comforting. I wait for the idli puma with left over idles. I love to add lots of kadala and udad paruppu for an extra crunch.

  12. Even i make this if I have a lot of idlies left over. Looks delectable :)

  13. Very simple and tasty recipe with leftover....I do this very often will few changes in it....

  14. Nice and simple recipe...

    some times my wife also make this...

    thanks for visiting and droping comment on my blog

  15. I am on of the rare persons who loves upma and can eat it any time and more so Idly upma. Wondering if you have tried upma with jowar flour, it tastes so good. Thanks for comments on my blog will come to see you entire blog. I see you do your own composting great!

  16. simple and healthy upma..

  17. simple and delicious upma..

  18. Adding chutney podi to idli upma is a great idea.Will definitely try it.Thank you.

  19. This recipe inspired us a lot to try & we prepared it in the morning today and it turned out soooo yummy and there was nothing left.It is my all time favourite but never had it with idli podi in it,but adding idli podi gives special& lovely taste to it,we added little more idli podi to it for our personal preference.we wish we could made more thistime as there was much demand for this yummy dish ,and it was not enough for all of us. Next time just to prepare this upma,I am going to get more idly's.Such an easy &quick recipe but unforgettable taste ,still I can use it.
    This recipe is very much useful for bachelors like us and thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.


  20. hi padhu
    i always make extra idlis to make upma....i love this upma very much.

  21. I tried this recipe... It tastes yummy and even my daughter loved it, she s just 15 months old��... Thanks for d recipe ☺

  22. Tried it today..... Came or very well!!!! Thanks!!!!!


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