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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Idli Upma

The delicious idli upma is a combination of two ultimate, south Indian breakfasts, the idlis and the upma. The leftover idlis from the breakfast are cleverly utilised to make an evening snack. Depending upon the time and energy levels, this upma can be prepared simple by just adding some seasoning or more nutritious by adding vegetables, nuts, etc. When we were kids, we used to like this upma more compared to idlis. :-)
I for Idli upma - My entry for Nupur's A - Z vegetable event.

Six left over idlis can yield a good, hefty snack for two people.
Ingredients required :
Idlis - 6
Vegetables of your choice, chopped - 1/2 cup (I added onion, carrot & capsicum)
Oil - As needed to fry the vegetables
Salt - As needed (Remember that idlis are already salt added)
Green chillies, finely chopped - 2 or 3
Ginger, finely chopped - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Chanadal - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - A few
A few cashews (optional)
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp

Crumble the idlis with your hands into small bits and keep it aside.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, chanadal and ginger. When mustard seeds start to splutter and chanadal turn red, add chillies, cashews, curry leaves and turmeric powder. Fry for a few seconds and add the vegetables if using.
Lower the heat and cook the vegetables till they turn tender with stirring in between. Then add crumbled bits of upma, salt and stir once again. Let it cook for a couple of minutes. Keep stirring in between to avoid sticking. Remove and serve hot with some pickle or chutney.
You can squeeze some lemon juice before serving, if you wish.

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Nupur said...

Lovely! Funny, but many people who grew up eating lots of idlis don't like them much. I grew up in a home where idli was a rare treat and much more special :) V (my significant other) also does not like idlis, unfortunately, and I'll have to make this upma for him soon!

Lakshmik said...

We used to have it so often when we were kids. So many childhood memories around this recipe.

Asha said...

I love Idlis,this is even better! Guess what I made for her!;D

Suma Gandlur said...

Thanks. Yeah, that is true for some extent.
Hope you guys like this upma.

My mom also used to make it for us as an evening snack.

No, I could not guess this time. I even went to Aroma to see your 'I' posting. Can't wait.

bee said...

clever entry, suma.

Coffee said...

Thats cool!!!!!!! So next time I make idli's I will purposefully have to make it more for next days breakfast. ;)

Seema Bhat said...

Good entry for "I". They used to make this upma at hostel for breakfast and this was the only thing that I used to like. Lovely presentation.

Shivapriya said...

Hahha Good one and Idly upma looks delicious and indeed very clever idea:).

Swapna said...

That's a wonderful upma! So much diff from the normal one..Will def. remember this and make it the next time I make idlis:)

Shella said...

I have heard about Idli upma but never tasted one. I bet it will be good. It sure looks delectable.

Nupur earlier said that it is very strange that people who grow up in homes having regular Idlis dont like them,......Nupur, you have really touched a raw would there. I used to really hate my mom for making idlis, n always used to fight with her. Now, married to a North Indian guy, I crave for mom-made idlis. N I especially have her make them sometimes & go there n gobble them up. My mom's eyes pop out seeing me eat them so hungrily!!! Poor me!!

Unknown said...

Yummy! Feel like having some of that..