Oct 182012

Ok, seriously I didn’t know what else to make and I successfully managed to change a healthy dish into an unhealthy one. I felt very guilty frying idlis (I usually pan fry them with minimal oil) but wanted to taste the fried idlis as I do let my family(myself included) to occasionally indulge in such sinful foods. Idli upma is generally made by crumbling leftover idlis but this time I deep fried mini idlis and sauteed them with onions and idli powder (gun powder).



The taste of this upma is nothing like the traditional upma adding a total twist to the name upma as such. With crunchy dal, sweet onions, spicy powder and crispy idlis, this upma tastes out of the world— verbatim from my daughter. The next time I make idli upma I’m planning to pan fry them as I prefer the soft as well as crispy texture that these idlis get when being pan-fried versus super crispy texture when deep fried. I would suggest you try both versions to taste the difference and then make a decision. Whichever method you choose, these upma are sure to please anyone who relishes idlis as well as spicy food.


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Deep fry mini idlis in oil until golden brown, keep aside. In a separate pan, heat oil, add mustard seeds and let it splutter, add channa dal, urad dal, green chillies and fry till the dals turn golden brown.

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Add chopped onions and sautee until the onions turn translucent. Add fried idlis, salt (if needed), and idli powder (gun powder). Combine well. Serve hot and Enjoy!!!

Fried Idli Upma

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • Idlis cut into bite size or Mini Idlis --- 30 to 40 pieces (For Recipe on how to make Idlis click here)
  • Onion -- 1 large (approx 1 cup chopped)
  • Green Chillies -- 2 (finely chopped)
  • Mustard Seeds -- 1 tsp
  • Channa Dal -- 1 Tbsp
  • Urad Dal -- 1/2 Tbsp
  • Idli Powder (Gun Powder) home made or store bought--- 2 Tbsp (adjust according to taste)
  • Salt -- as needed (rather if needed)
  • Oil for deep frying + 1 Tbsp for sauteing


  1. Deep fry idlis until golden brown, strain on paper towel and keep aside.
  2. In a pan, heat oil add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add channa dal, urad dal, green chillies and fry till the dals turn golden brown. Now add onions and saute till the onions turn translucent.
  3. Add fried idlis, salt(if needed), idli powder and combine well and fry for 1 minute until all the ingredients are well mixed with idlis. Switch off flame. Serve hot with ketchup or your choice of chutney. Enjoy!!!


The idlis can be pan fried, they do become crispy but not as crispy as being deep fried.






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  18 Responses to “Fried Idli Upma”

  1. I know that this upma will definitely satisfy my lil one’s love for mini idlis, irresistible and yummy upma.

  2. Wow very tempting, I just love it.

  3. You can make this healthier by adding pureed spinach Jay it tastes heavenly

  4. Ohh my!!!! looks super delicious. I make them once in a while during weekends!!! Love the bite of that crunchy dal!!!!

  5. hahahah …yes you have managed to make the healthy one into greasy one..but who says it is not liked..I love it..:)..anything fried and spicy I love it..and I say it again Jayanthi, very pretty way of presenting the dish..

  6. My lil one is looking at these clicks right now and wants it for dinner.Will tell you how it turned out 🙂

  7. I have never fried idli for the obvious reason you have mentioned. :))
    However your description and pictures are tempting me to try them once.

  8. Hi,
    First Time to your Blog You have a very nice collection of recipe do pop up my blog 😉

  9. Irresistible fried idli upma. Once I prepared this and kids at home loved it. But am afraid of the oil so never tried it again. Your version looks so nice and need to try it once for my daughter…

  10. never had idli, but these look so good…I must try them

  11. never had idli fried!! that is looking so yummy!!! How will it taste if I shallow fry it?

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  12. These look sinfully tempting. I’ve.had fried idlis once at a restaurant and it rated wonderful. This reminds me of those! Using mini idlis makes out so much cuter than the usual ones. And lovely jute sack background

  13. Lovely clicks Jayanthi.I noticed the wooden backgrounds for the last week’s BM itself, they really take the pictures to a new level!

  14. Nandini: Thanks, yes simple props do make a difference. Glad you liked it.
    Rajani: Thank you…I totally agree it was worth making those custom wooden backgrounds and I like it too!

  15. amazing pictures to tell the story of this lovely upma….u are really indulging urself with some delicious goodies

  16. This is a great idea to make Fried Idli Upma instructions .Thank you for sharing. please keep it up….

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