Continuing with my Meals from Leftovers series this is one of my favourites. Idlis are a firm favourite in my house, so it is very rare that they are leftover. Normally there is a tussle between the three of us as to who will get the last idli. So I was particularly thriled yesterday when I saw that 6 idlis were left untouched .I always make this deliciously spicy upma from the leftover idlis. To make this I used :
6 idlis crumbled coursely (one day old), 1tspn mustard seeds, 1 pinch asafoetida, 2 dry red chillies, 2 tspn urad dal, 3 to 4 fresh curry leaves, 3 tspn oil, 1/2 tspn sugar, salt to taste, 1 tspn lemon juice (optional), corainder to garnish.
- Heat the oil in a pan add the mustard seeds. When they begin to splutter, add the asafoetida, the urad dal, the curry leaves and the red chillies. Fry all this for a few seconds tiil the urad dal turns golden. Add to this the crumbled idlis, salt, sugar and lemon juice. Toss it all well. Garnish with plenty of fresh chopped coriander. This upma goes very well with any leftover sambar that you might have or curds. Optional items that you can add are peanuts or green peas. Both of which I did not have yesterday.
- Serve very hot immediately. Another very good lefover idli recipe is here