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April 8, 2013

Idli Upma

Nothing goes waste if used wisely. Those days there were no refrigerators available, hence our ancestors devised a new dish out of remaining food. The outcome is morkootan / morkozhambu, kaalan, Idli upma, Erichakari, sayalmani in kokum (left over chapathi in a gravy), etc.....

Made some idlies couple yesterday. I purposely made some extra idlies as we all love idli upma. Stored the extra ones in the refrigerator.

Humble idli takes its new form................yes, idli upma using leftover idlies.

Idlies kept in a fridge is perfect for crumbling to make idli upma to give the dish the right texture.

Ingredients :-

  1. Idlies - 7 nos. (crumbled)
  2. Mustard - 1 tsp
  3. Black gram - 1 tsp
  4. Sundried pickled chillies (mor milagai) - 6 nos.
  5. Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  6. Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
  7. Salt to taste
  8. water - 1tbsp  
  9. Oil - 2 tbsp 
The chilli is not the usual dry red chilli. these chillies are special green chillies that are soaked in sour curd, then sun dried. This chilli can be eaten as it is tasty and has unique flavour.

But you can use normal green chilli or dried red chilli too instead of this. 

Procedure :-

  • Heat oil in a wok. Add mustard seeds, Bengal gram. The mustard seeds will splutter and when the bengal gram turns golden brown, add asafoetida powder, curry leaves and then the chillies
  • After the chillies are fried well, add the crumbled idlies, salt and sprinkle water, mix well.

  • [I used dried pickled chilli which in tamizh is called thayir molagai or mor milagai because it enhance the taste and flavour of the upma.
  • As the batter has salt and the chillies are already pickled in salt & curd and then sun dried, add salt accordingly.]

  • Keep it covered, switch off the flame and leave it for 3 minutes
  • Yummy & simple idli upma is ready!


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