Idli upma makes an ideal breakfast considering that it is made from leftovers which cuts down prep time for busy mornings and it is a light yet wholesome breakfast giving your day just the boost it requires. Idli upma also makes a great evening snack with coffee. Watching the rain with a bowl of this delicious snack was just what I needed this week.
Every parent and every house has its secrets. Secret ways to feed the kids their “favorite” (note the sarcasm) veggies, transform leftovers so the food does not get trashed and so on and so forth. I wonder if they are handed a manual or something of sorts at the hospital when they bring home a child. That’s something to think about because I have not come across anybody who does not love a leftover-makeover dish despite knowing the fact that some are created from a dish they almost hate to eat!
Idli upma is one such recipe from my mom’s repertoire. Idli or steamed rice cakes, as most of you know is not one of my favorite foods (believe me; I am putting this across in a very subtle way). The story goes like this: I was probably in kindergarten (which begins at the age of 3 in India) when we used to live in a home with all my uncles and aunts (called a joint family system). Since school started very early for me, much earlier than the day even started for the rest of the family my mom decided to feed me idli from a nearby cafeteria every morning. Since I gobbled it up, my mom continued this every day until we moved out of that place.
That was it! It seems like my brain refused to accept that taste any more after we moved away. Except for this story mom tells me about how I loved idli, and memories of being called idli (that was my nickname since I had chubby cheeks resembling an idli) by my uncles, all my brain remembers is to say “No way!” when it spots the white spongy looking thing at the breakfast table.
Well, now that the mystery behind my idli hate story has been resolved, (I know I feel like I have told you about it many times too like in this post here and here again!) we can finally move on 😀 Never talk about it and talk only about the tasty makeovers you can give the humble idli!
Like this idli upma. Best, when made from cold idlis (just like good fried rice is made from cold rice), idli upma tastes like the gourmet, master-chef version of porridge. A bucket-list dish for anybody who loves Indian food, this Vegan Indian breakfast recipe is definitely a winner!
PS: Here are a couple of other ways to dress up idli:
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