Idly Upma or Masala Idly is one of my all time favourite Indian dishes. Its so quick and easy to make, fits in with all the meals, you can have it for breakfast, lunch, or as a snack, low in calories and above all ITS YUMMY. It is the best way to utilize the leftover idlies. To avoid making idlies altogether, you can buy the ready-to-eat pack from any Indian store in your area. They are easily available and equally good. The one I use is ‘Udupi Rawa Idli’ by Deep.
To make this you will need:Diced Idlies – 5-6 Onions thinly sliced – 1/3 cup Tomatoes – 1/4 cup Dried red chili – 2 (optional) Mustard seeds- 1 tsp Curry Leaves – 6-7 Ginger Paste – 1/2 tsp Salt as per taste Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp Coriander powder – 1/4 tsp Vegetable oil – 1tbsp Coriander leaves – 1/4 cup
1. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan. Add curry leaves, turmeric powder, mustard seeds and dried red chili. When the seeds start crackling, add onions and ginger paste. Saute them till they are soft and tender.
2. Add the tomatoes, salt and coriander powder. Let it cook till it starts leaving oil.
3. Add the idlies to the pan, mix well and turn the heat to low. Saute them for 2-3 mins.
4. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve hot. (often served with coconut chutney which is easily available at all local indian stores. )
Preparation time – 5-6mins
Cooking time – 15 mins.
Total time – 20 mins.