Fully Loaded MLA Pesarattu or Pesarattu Upma - Step-by-Step Instructions

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


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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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