Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Idli Upma / Seasoned rice cakes / Tadka Idli

I don't think there is anyone, who can predict the number of Idlis/Chapati/Appam/Pancake or anything that would be just sufficient for the family. Atleast, I can't. I go by the thought that it is better to make a little extra rather than going by a fixed number to just suffice the need. In short, I am scared to let anyone stay hungry. Result, I end up having leftovers, which I hate.

Leftovers are very difficult to feed my Janta. So I try to turn them into something else so that my crowd is happy having it and I am happy to have used up the leftover :).

Idli Upma is something that we usually end up making with the leftover idlis. Jordan loves it. If he catches us having it, then he would attack us and keep saying, "Thanne Thanne"  meaning "Give it to me". We are trying to correct it to Tharamo meaning Can you give it to me?  But still, we are so much relieved that now the number of meaningless cries to get something while we break out heads to understand what he wants, is going to reduce once he starts to communicate. Ahh, he is a big boy now. I donno if I am happy or sad about it. Anyways, coming back to Idli Upma, try it for your kids and family as tea time snack or breakfast. These are amazing.

  1. 6 idlis - cut into four
  2. 1 tbsp of oil
  3. 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds
  4. 2 tbsp of finely chopped onions
  5. 1 tsp of finely chopped ginger
  6. 1 strand of curry leaves
  7. 1 green chilly, chopped 
  8. 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder
  9. A pinch of asafoetida
  10. 1-2 tbsp of chopped coriander leaves
  11. Salt to taste
  12. 2 tbsp of water
  • In a pan, heat the oil. Once hot, add the mustard seeds and let it splitter. Now add the chopped onion, ginger, curry leaves and salt. Stir it untill the onions turn tender.
  • Add the turmeric powder and asafoetida. Stir it. Add 2 tbsp of water to it. Now drop in the idli pieces. Mix it well so that the masala mixture coats each idli piece. Cover it and cook for about a minute or two. Switch of the heat. 
  • Sprinkle the chopped coriander leaves over it. Serve it hot.
  1. If you love cumin/jeera, you could add jeera while the mustard seeds pop. It would add flavour to it.
  2. A tbsp of water is added to dilute the masala mixture, so that it would be easy to coat the idli pieces with it. Do not add too much water else the idli would get soggy.


  1. Oh... don't talk about calculations and how much is needed! Most of the time I fall short then I tell them, that is enough, you shouldn't fill your tummy too much! :P Hehe... this is such a lovely way... looks so delicious...

    1. I am very bad at predicting how much to make esp. when there are guests over...I end up making too much and then the kitchen remains closed for the next day because there would be too much leftover

  2. Nice way to use left over idlis...looks so good...True can't predict with how much to make specially when there are children around because sometimes they eat and sometimes its a big either the food prepared runs short or there are leftovers hehe...

    1. oh ya... Children are very unpredictable...sometimes they surprise us by eating too much than they usually eat and sometimes they eat nothing but just a bite or two if we are lucky

  3. lovely idli upma..looks like dhokla,yummy!!

  4. For me also.... itz very difficult to do calculations....... This is a yummy way to treat the left over idlis........ looks interesting n delicious.... :)


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