MLA Pesarattu | Pesarattu with Upma

MLA Pesarattu | Pesarattu Upma
MLA Pesarattu | Pesarattu Upma

I have already written about Pesarattu | Moong Dal Dosa. This post just talks of a popular way Pesarattu is served in Andhra Pradesh; and that is with Upma.

Pesarattu Upma is a popular and filling breakfast. This combination typically served with a side of Ginger Chutney or Allam Pachadi is also called MLA Pesarattu; apparently because that is how it was popularly served in the MLA quarters. (Source: Wikipedia)

MLA stands for Member of Legislative Assembly; or an elected representative of the state legislature.

Do try my recipe for Pesarattu Kura | Pesarattu Kurma.

How to Make MLA Pesarattu | Pesarattu with Upma

Makes 4 MLA Pesarattu


  1. Pesarattu Batter – 2 Cups
  2. Onion Upma – 2 Cup
  3. Onion – 1 Large
  4. Green Chillies – 6
  5. Oil – 3 tbsp


  1. Chop the onion into fine pieces.
  2. Chop the green chillies into fine pieces.
  3. Heat a tava or griddle.
  4. Spread about 1/2 a tsp of oil.
  5. Turn down the heat to low.
  6. Pour 1/2 cup of Pesarattu batter into the centre of the tava.
  7. Using a heavy ladle, spread the batter evenly to form a 6″ circle.
  8. Sprinkle some onion pieces and green chilli pieces onto the surface of the Pesarattu.
  9. Press the onion and green chilly pieces lightly with a spatula.
  10. Turn the heat to medium-high.
  11. Let the Pesarattu cook till the underside is golden brown.
  12. Loosen the edges with a spatula and gradually move towards the centre.
  13. Flip over the Pesarattu.
  14. Lift the edges and drizzle a few drops of oil all around the Pesarattu.
  15. Cook the flip side of the Pesarattu for about 2-3 minutes.
  16. Turn the heat to low.
  17. Loosen the edges with a spatula and gradually move towards the centre.
  18. Flip over the Pesarattu.
  19.  Ladle 1/2 cup of Upma into the centre of the Pesarattu.
  20. Fold the Pesarattu in half.
  21. Serve hot with Allam Pachadi.
Folded MLA Pesarattu
Folded MLA Pesarattu

15 thoughts on “MLA Pesarattu | Pesarattu with Upma

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  2. I make pesarattu sometimes...but not a big fan though! But allam pachadi is a mouth watering side! I long for it...should check the stores for a bottle as I have no clue how it is made!

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