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Idli Upma

Idli upma is the perfect way to give your regular idlis a twist or use up leftover idlis
5 from 1 vote
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian, Karnataka
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins


  • 6-7 idli
  • 2 tbsp ghee (or oil)
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp Bengal gram (chana dal)
  • ½ tsp split black gram (urad dal)
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomatoes chopped, optional
  • ½ cup chopped vegetable I used carrot, cauliflower and hyacinth beans
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves for garnish


  • Crumble the idlis and set aside
  • Heat oil in a frying pan or kadhai and add mustard seeds
  • Once it splutters, add cumin seeds, chana dal, urad dal and curry leaves
  • Add onions and saute until it is translucent. Add tomatoes and cook for a few minutes
  • Add the remaining vegetables, turmeric and salt, and mix well (remember the idlis has salt in it, so add just a little salt for the vegetables)
  • Cover and cook until the vegetables are almost done. Do not add any water as this may turn the upma mushy
  • Add the crumbled idlis and mix well. Let it simmer on a medium flame for 2-3 minutes
  • Garnish with coriander leaves
  • Serve hot on its own or with chutney


  • Make sure the idlis are cold when they are crumbled
  • Be careful while adding salt as idlis already have salt in it
  • Make sure there is no moisture before adding the idlis
  • Click here to see the idli recipe.
Nutrition Facts
Idli Upma
Amount Per Serving
Calories 87 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 3mg0%
Potassium 67mg2%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 109IU2%
Vitamin C 28mg34%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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