Monday, 8 December 2014

Idli Upma

Steamed idlies cut into tiny bite size pieces and then tossed with sautéed shallots in simple flavorful tempering. Mildly spiced and perfect as a evening snack with tea. Next time you have left over idlies , try this idli upma.


  • 4 Idlies
  • 2 Tablespoon Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Urad Dal
  • 1 sprig of curry leaves
  • 2 Dry red chillies or 1 green chilli chopped finely
  • 10 Shallots chopped finely
  • 1/4 Teaspoon turmeric powder
  • a pinch of hing / asafoetida
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Teaspoon of chopped cilantro leaves for garnish


1. Steam idlies and cool them slightly. Then shred /cut the idlies into tiny bite size pieces


2. In a pan / wok heat oil
3. When the oil is hot, mustard seeds. When they splutter add urad dal and fry until they are golden
4. Add curry leaves and wait for them to splutter
5. Add dry red chillies and fry for 10 seconds
6. Add shallots and fry until they are soft
7. Add turmeric powder, hing and season with salt
8. Add the idly pieces and toss everything
9. Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves and serve hot

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