Thursday, June 24, 2010

Idli Upma

Idli Upma is an easy dish especially during morning rush hours.. & the best part is that it can be made using left overs..Upma is said to be a kannada origin dish, considering the varieties of " bath" - bissibelle,kara etc,..this could be true.Usually kara bath & kesari bath go together. However upma has well adapted to most south indian states and is also popular in certain north indian states with certain changes.

Here is the recipe ( Serves 2)

Idlis : 4 No:s ( Leftovers are ok )
Grated Coconut - 1 cup ( medium size)
Shallots : 10 no:s ( small onions)
Mustard Seeds : 1 tsp
Curry leaves : 10 no:s
Green Chilli : 3-4 No:s
Fenugreek : 1 tsp
Black Pepper Powder: 1 Tbsp
Oil - 1 tsp
salt to taste

Heat oil in a kadai & splutter the mustard seeds, fenugreek & the curry leaves. Add sliced shallot, salt & cover with a lid. After 3-4 mins, add the coconut & sliced green chillis ( small pieces), stir & let it cook for about 2 mins.
Meanwhile crush the idlis ( Either by hand or simple grind in the mixer).The finer the better it is.As it should resemble upma.
Add the crushed idlis & stir well. Let it cook for another 2-3 mins. Sprinkle pepper powder, stir well & voila, ur idli upma is ready to eat :)

Garnish using Corainder Leaves, Fried cashewnuts etc. Other vegies like Carrot, Potato, Green Peas, Yellow/Red Peppers etc can also be added to make the upma more nutritious & colorful.

It is best had with any sort of chutneys ( from chilli-coconut,onion tomato, mint and so on)