Idli Upma
What do you do with leftover idlis? The people who came up with idlis of course thought about this, and came up with Idli Upma! Nothing wasted. Repurpose everything, in the most delicious way! One day old idlis work wonderfully for this dish. My family loves this dish so much that sometimes my mom (and me, now) make idlis just to make idli upma the next day for breakfast!
Servings Prep Time
2servings 5mins
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
2servings 5mins
Cook Time
  • 8(1 day old) idlis
  • 1medium onion
  • 4small Green chilies
  • 4-5 Curry leavesoptional, if you don’t have it on hand, no worries
  • 1tsp Salt
Seasoning Ingredients
  • 1tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1tsp Urad dhal
  • 1/2tsp Hing
  • 2tbsp oil
  • 1pinch Turmeric powdergives a lovely color to the upma
  1. Chop onions, and chilies finely; crumble the idlis roughly
  2. Gather the seasoning ingredients
  3. Heat oil in a wide kadai
  4. When hot, add the seasoning ingredients, and let the mustard seeds pop, and the urad dhal turn golden brown
  5. Add the onions, chilies, and the curry leaves if using; saute until the onions turn translucent, adding salt as you go
  6. Add a pinch of turmeric powder if using, and the crumbled idlis and saute for about 5 minutes, tossing everything together nicely
  7. Take off the heat, and serve with a hot cuppa!