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Monday, February 9, 2015

Idli upma? Drooling Give me 3 times a day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I can have it without complaining life long. I love it like that. Any upma is my favorite, but this is one easy and unique upma made from the leftover idlies. We call it udhuthu kulukal, which means crumbling and tossing. There must be a lot of variants in this idli upma, but this is the way I like. My mom makes it without carrot and I love that simple version first, but my MIL adds carrot in all possible dishes, including this idli upma to make it eye appealing. In the beginning I used to not like the addition of carrots as I felt it supresses the onion flavor a bit, but now I like this variation too. My mom tempers with coconut oil and the fresh green chillies, onions and curry leaves tossed together gives a divine smell. Its simple but packed with flavors. I have seen many of my friends love idli upma but sadly its opposite when it comes to the guys in the family. Nobody likes it, I dont know why Confused. This can be made along with tea with the left over idlies from your morning breakfast. I most of the times become lazy to make idli upma and have the aaripona idli itself. It’s best only when someone makes you sit, prepare and gives you Winking. Atleast for me, I many times get emotional when I am hungry and no one is there to make something for you Or no one cares to make you sit and give your course of meal hot.

Idli upma recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Breakfast
Prep Time: 5 mins    |  Cook time: 5 mins    Serves: 2


Idli - 6

Onion - 1, large

Green chilli - 4

Finely chopped carrot - 3 tblsp

Ginger, finely chopped (optional) - 1 tsp

Salt - 2 pinches

To temper

Coconut oil/ Any cooking oil - 1 tblsp

Mustard - 3/4 tsp

Urad dal - 1 tsp

Channa dal - 1 tblsp

Curry leaves - 1 sprig



  1. Crumble the idli with a tsp of sesame oil. You can refrigerate the idlies, this will make your job easy as it wont stick to your fingers.1-crumble 
  2. Heat a kadai with oil and temper with the items given under ‘To temper’ table. Add onion and fry until transparent. Add carrots, salt and fry for a minute. Everything in medium flame without changing its colour. Otherwise the upma will turn dull in colour. 2-idli-upma
  3. Add the crumbled idli and just toss for a minute until its mixed well.3-done


    • Refrigerating the idlis gives beautiful crumble of the idlies. More you refrigerate, easy to crumble.
    • You can add vegetables to fortify this upma.
    • Sesame oil can be added while crumbling.

Serve hot, can be had as such or best with sugar Happy
Check out the other left over idli recipes
idli upma-001

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  1. Ahh me too can eat this upma for all 3 meals a day. Infact any upma for that matter. As u said why guys don't like upmas is still a not unfolded. Pretty clicks.

  2. I love it too.. Love the addition of carrot.. tempting clicks

  3. Very true emotions expressed... Me too feel the same. Love the idli upma...

  4. Chance ae illa,pinnitale... But in my house all guys also love this,we call it as 'siralam'

  5. can eat this daily... so yummy and comforting..

  6. Guys may dislike this bcoz it is easy to cook for us.We like it bcoz it is easier to cook this.

    1. Exactly what I say to my guys ;) Wont you guys like the dishes that can be made easily ;)

  7. dear my hearty thanks. during my pregnancy i felt like i m near my mom. made ur recipes. one f my friend gave me ur web. feeling blessed. heary thank u sister

  8. Never knew idli upma is very close to all our souls. It s the krishna paramatma of modern age....


  9. i dont think so, i am there die hard fan for idly upma, even my roomets like that when i prepare...
    after long time i made idly more intentionally to prepare idly upma.. Its mouthwatering ..even i too ate 3 times a day ... i never tried to prepare with carrot .. let me try today ..

  10. Yummy.....prefers for an evening snack....wen yu hav the breakfast iddalies left....luvs wen mom makes it... :)


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