Anupama Michael (nee Bhandary) is my friend from school days and a treasure trove of recipes. Many of you may remember her from the post on the Udupi Temple Rasam. The other day, I was having Idli Upkari at a restaurant chain called Balaji and (as is usual) trying to fathom what all that went into the making of it. I thought I deciphered the recipe quite well, but the friends with me insisted I was missing something.
So what do I do but whip out my mobile phone and send a message to Anu who came back in a trice with the recipe. (In my excitement, I asked her the recipe for Bread Upkari but that was OK as the process remained the same.)
I got a chance to try this recipe this past week and here it is. This recipe is an amalgam of what Anu told me and what I saw in the dish I ate.
The rate at which Anu is giving me recipes, I will have to start a special section for her. :-))
How to Make Idli Upkari
Time: 15 Minutes (With Idlis already made)
- Idlis (Fresh or Leftover) – 8
- Grated Coconut – 1/3 Cup
- Udad Dal, Minapappu or Husked Black Gram – 2 tsp
- Rai, Avalu or Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
- Cumin – 1/4 tsp
- Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
- Onion – 1 Large
- Tomato – 1 Small (optional)
- Green Chillies – 4
- Curry Leaves – 8
- Oil – 1.5 tbsp
- Sugar – 1/2 tsp
- Salt to Taste
- Cut each idli into 1/2″ pieces.
- Finely chop the tomato, onion, and green chilli.
- In a kadhai or wok, over medium flame, heat the oil.
- Add mustard seeds and wait till they pop.
- Add the udad dal and fry till it is golden brown.
- Add cumin seeds, onion and green chillies.
- Fry till the onion is transparent.
- Add curry leaves and tomato pieces.
- Fry till the tomato pieces are stewed.
- Add the turmeric powder, salt and sugar.
- Add the idli pieces and mix well.
- Add the grated coconut and mix well.
- Stir-fry for a minute or two.
- Serve hot with some Coconut Chutney.
- The tomato is just to lend some moisture to the dish. Do not increase the quantity or it spoils the balance. You can, in fact, leave it out all together.
- I used freshly made idlis to make the Idli Upkari. You can also use leftover idlis.
- Use the same method to make Bread Upkari.