Feb 202018

Idli Upma Recipe with vegetables is a great way to use leftover idlis. Upma with leftover idlis is a simple dish made very quickly with colourful veggies and Indian spices. The lemon flavouring really adds a refreshing tang to this breakfast dish.

Idli Upma Recipe South Indian

Idli Upma Recipe

The combination of vegetables, spices and crumbled idlis not only tastes delectable, but also it’s a healthy breakfast option. A South Indian tiffin recipe, upma with idli is sure to tickle your tastebuds.

Idli Upma Recipe Step by Step:

Tomato idli upma is a wonderfully versatile and healthy recipe that’s easy to make. The flavours all blend together beautifully and what you get is a nice, light vegetarian breakfast dish. Learn how to make upma with leftover idlis.

Upma recipe using leftover idlis

For this Andhra idli upma recipe, crumble leftover idlis with your fingers or you can quarter them and put them in a mixie jar and crumble them. If you take cold idlis, they crumble easily.

Crumbled idlis for upma with idlis

Finely chop onion, tomato and fresh coriander leaves. Slit the green chilli lengthwise and grate the ginger.

Ingredients for leftover idli upma

Heat oil in a non-stick pan and sizzle mustard seeds, split black gram and chana dal. Sauté for a few seconds. Add curry leaves, dry red chilli and asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.

Tadka for upma recipe with idli

Add grated ginger, green chilli and chopped onion and fry till the onions turn transparent.

Add onions for leftover idli recipe

Tip in chopped tomatoes and cook covered till soft.

Put in tomatoes for upma tadka with idli

Add turmeric and salt. Mix well.

Sprinkle spice for recipe with leftover idli

Add peas and grated carrot. Mix well. Cover and cook for a minute or so.

Mix in carrot and peas for upma recipe with crumbled idlis

Put in the crumbled idlis and stir until evenly coated with spices and veggies. Combine well.

Combine crumbled idlis with upma ingredients

If the idlis are very dry, sprinkle a little water and mix well. Cook till the crumbled idlis are heated through, about 1-2 minutes.

Making upma with crumbled idlis

Drizzle some lemon juice on the leftover idli upma. Top with freshly chopped coriander leaves.

Sprinkle lemon juice and coriander leaves to idli upma recipe South Indian style

Serve Andhra style Idli Upma with coconut chutney and sambar.

Upma Recipe with Leftover Idlis

If you are looking for more healthy breakfast recipes, you can try Gothambu Upma KeralaAval Lemon Upma, Bread ka Upma or Rava Upma Home style.

How to make Upma with Leftover Idlis:

Leftover Idli Upma Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
If you have some leftover idlis sitting in your refrigerator, you can give them a makeover by preparing this delicious vegetable idli upma for breakfast.
Course: South Indian
Cuisine: Breakfast/Snacks
Servings: 2
Calories: 159 kcal
Author: Shil
  • 4 Idlis
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Split black gram
  • 1/4 tsp Chana dal
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 6 Curry leaves
  • 1 Dry red chilli
  • 1 Green chilli, slit
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 small Onion, chopped finely
  • Asafoetida, a pinch
  • 1 medium Tomato, chopped
  • 1/8 cup Green Peas
  • 1/8 cup Grated Carrot
  • 1/8 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1-2 drops Lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp Coriander leaves, chopped
  1. To prepare this healthy idli upma recipe, crumble leftover idlis in a bowl and keep aside. Use idlis that are cool or cold as they will crumble easily. It’s difficult to crumble fresh, hot idlis as they will be sticky.
  2. Finely chop onion, tomato and coriander leaves. Slit the green chilli and grate the ginger.
  3. Heat about 1tbsp oil in a non-stick pan and sizzle chana dal, urad dal, mustard seeds and dry red chilli. Sprinkle a pinch of hing and curry leaves and sauté for a few seconds on a medium flame.
  4. Put in green chilli, onions and grated ginger and fry till the onion changes colour slightly.
  5. Add tomatoes, stir well and cook with a lid on till the tomatoes turn soft.
  6. Sprinkle salt and turmeric.
  7. Mix in green peas and grated carrot. Cover and cook for 1 minute or so.
  8. Put in the crumbled idlis, mix all the ingredients together and cook for 1-2 minutes on a medium flame, while stirring occasionally.
  9. Squeeze some lemon juice and combine well.
  10. Garnish idli upma with coriander leaves and serve Tomato Idli Upma with coconut chutney.
Recipe Notes

* For variation, you can mix in about a teaspoon of idli podi or add grated coconut, roasted peanuts or roasted cashewnuts.

* Do not use hot idlis to make upma.

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Shil is a freelance writer, professional blogger, foodie, health advocate and travel enthusiast.

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