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Idli Upma

Idli upma is an easy and simple breakfast recipe with leftover idlis in just a few mins. It is also an excellent lunch box recipe.

How to make idli at home?

Idli is a traditional South Indian breakfast. It is made with rice and lentils, easy to prepare at home. It stays gentle in the stomach, easy to digest and recommended to the babies by pediatricians.

Here is the idli recipe,

  1. Idli Rice – 2 cups
  2. Urad Dal – 0.50 cup

  3. Fenugreek Seeds – 0.50 tsp

  4. Poha – 0.25 cup (optional)

  5. Wash and soak the idli rice and fenugreek seeds separately for 5 hours.

  6. Wash and soak the urad dal separately for 5 hours.

  7. Wash poha and soak for 20 minutes, if you are using it.

  8. Strain the water from soaked idly rice and poha. Grind idly rice and poha together until smooth by adding fresh water little by little. A little coarse batter is fine.

  9. Strain the water from soaked urad dal and grind to a smooth and fluffy batter by adding fresh water little by little.

  10. Combine both the batter, add salt and mix well with a hand. Cover the batter and keep in the warm place for fermentation for 8 to 10 hours. Depending on the weather.

  11. The batter should rise well after fermentation. Pour batter in the idli molds and steam for 12 – 15 minutes.

  12. Remove the idlis using a spoon and serve with sambar or coconut chutney. Refrigerate the leftover idlis. It stays good for a week in the refrigerator. It also freezes well and stays good in the freezer.

Smart Cooking Tips:

  1. Adding vegetables are optional. But it adds nutrition to the upma.
  2. Refrigerating the idlis helps crumble into a fine texture.

  3. Pulse the idlis in the blender/mixer for a fine sooji/rava texture.

Simple Breakfast Idea:

Idli upma is a simple breakfast idea, it takes only 10 to 15 minutes. I usually steam extra idlis and store in the refrigerator. Whenever needed I take few idlis from the fridge and quickly make idli upma or fried idlis for breakfast or my son’s lunch box.


5 from 2 votes
idli upma
Idli Upma
Prep Time
4 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
19 mins

Idli upma is an easy and simple breakfast recipe with leftover idlis in just a few mins. It is also an excellent lunch box recipe. 

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Author: Antonet Roajer
  • 10 no Idlis (Left Over and Refrigerated)
  • 1 no Onion
  • 1 cup Cabbage Chopped
  • 1 cup Carrot Chopped
  • 1 cup Beans Chopped
  • 1 no Green Chilies
  • 10 no Curry Leaves
  • 2 tbsp Coriander Leaves Chopped
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Urad Dal
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida
  1. Chop the idlis into small pieces and pulse them coarsely in a blender.

  2. In a pan, heat oil, add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add urad dal, asafoetida and mix well.

  3. Add chopped onion, green chilies, curry leaves and cook until the onion becomes soft.

  4. Add turmeric powder and mix well. Add chopped cabbage, carrot, beans and cook until the vegetables become soft.

  5. Add crumbled idlis, salt and mix well. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

How to serve Idli upma?

Serve Idli upma as a breakfast or lunch. It tastes good as it is. You can also sprinkle idli podi on top and serve.

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