Thursday, March 19, 2009

Upma Tikki....Left Over Wonders

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What to do with leftover food?? This is a common problem for everyone and the dilemma is whether to throw it away or warm it up and have it later in the day. I normally hate to throw food and during my school days I used to see my mom making innovative creations with leftover food and sometimes it tastes better than the original!
My inlaws had come down to meet us last week , hence I had started preparing southIndian food in the mornings compared to the usual bread only fare. Yesterday I made upma for breakfast and only a portion of it was left over. As usual , I thought I would have it later in the day but somehow did not feel like eating it as upma , in my view, becomes hard if kept out for a long time. In the evening while preparing tea I again noticed the cup lying in the corner looking at me with a sad note , probably was angry at us for ignoring it the entire day :). I then recollected an item prepared in a cookery show that I had seen recently. I added the ingredients according to my taste and prepared tikki out of this upma. Surprisingly, this did not absorb much oil and tasted quite good. I saved a portion for my hubby and to my surprise he couldnt figure out what he was having. Given the good feedback I am tempted to try out more such dishes and ofcourse thought it was worth enough to share it with all of you !

1 Big Cup Upma(left over or fresh)
1 medium size onion chopped
2 Alu boiled, peeled and mashed
1/2 tsp finely chopped green chillies
1 tbsp Maida
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
a pinch of turmeric
1/2 tsp Chat masala
1 tbsp chopped coriander

Mix well Upma removing any lumps,add the mashed Alu,maida,chopped onions,green chillies,red chilli powder,chat masala,salt,turmeric and coriander to it and mix everything properly.slightly grease your hands and make tikki's of it and fry it on tawa on both sides with little oil.
Serve hot with ketchup and green chutney.

I am sending this to "Sunday Snacks -Chaats/Indian Street Food" event at pallavi's blog.


FitFoodieMegha said...

Actually left over recipe must be creation of an Indian women..:) She can't let go waste. Nice blog...:)

chef and her kitchen said...

Thanks for visiting my blog...agree,Indian women are creative...

Meenal Mehta said...

hi there ,

innovative recipe and nice blog :) first time here

-Meenal @ Meenal's kitchen

Ashwini said...

Very innovative..Looks yumm

amna said...

wow! this is surely creative use of leftovers! :)

Sia said...

i hated upma while growing up but now i adore that dish. what a cool way to use leftover upma and i am sure it would taste really good too.

chef and her kitchen said...

@Meenal ..Thanks for dropping by..

@Ashwini ...Yeah sometimes experimental dishes are better than the original ones....

@Nags....thanks...try it once and let me know how it tastes.

@sia....even i never had upma during my childhood but things change after marriage. Even I was surprised by the taste of the tikki which got me complements from all the family members,especially SAASuMAA...:)

Preety said...

this is such a gr8 it

Uma said...

Yeah, you're right Prathibha! Great minds think alike, ha ha ha! tikki is a great idea indeed. Looks so crispy and yummy. Next time I will try this with leftover upma :)

Unknown said...


Jst stumbled on ur blog yesterday & browsed some pages, today i had prepared upma 4 breakfst, & had some leftover which i planned to eat afterwards, but in evng i remembered abt ur recipe of upma tikki which i had seen & prepared it.It was Yum.........U cant even know that it is made of upma, I jst made a addition i.e i stuffed a small cube of cheese in the centre........& they came out nicely.Evn my daughter liked them....... @mr i am planning to prepare the all in one dosa batter.......

U have a nice blog......


Sheela said...

Hi Prathiba! I am first time on your blog... I enjoyed browsing your blog. Co-incidental I was reading this recipe I had leftover up a. Tried them. They were osm. My husband also loved them. He did say they were really tasty.. Later told him the secret. Thnx :))

Anita Nandini said...


I made this and it turned out awesome. Except I made it on my airfryer. Wish I could share the picture with you . Thanks a ton for the recipe.

Anita Nandini

JJV said...

Awesome!! Nice receipe. Thanks for sharing

Unknown said...

Nice recipe dear, thanks for sharing :-)

Unknown said...

Nice dish indeed, thanks for sharing dear :-)

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