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I heard this Seeraalam for the first time from my husband. I didn’t have any clue about what sort of a dish it is.It is the favourite dish of my husband and his siblings. An absolutely unique recipe from my Mother-In-Law. Once I tasted it I found it to be an innovative dish. It is healthy too since it is made of lentils.The ingredients are almost similar to moopparuppu adai. Once you are done with the preparation you will definitely agree with me that this is nothing but adai upma.

Ingredients for Seeraalam:

  • Idly Rice-1 and 1/2 cupsseeraalam_kk
  • Toor dhal-1/4 cup
  • Moong dhal-1/4 cup
  • Channa Dhal-1/4 cup
  • Red Chilly-3
  • Onion-1/2 cup chopped
  • Hing-1/2 tbsp
  • Ginger- A small piece
  • Salt-To taste
  • Oil-To temper

To temper:

Mustard seeds-1/4 tsp

Fennel seeds-1/4 tsp

Curry leaves



1.Soak the rice and dhals together after finely rinsing them separately.

2.Soak it for a minimum for 4 hours.

3.Drain the water completely and grind it into a thick and semi-coarse paste by adding red chillies,hing,ginger and salt without adding much water.


4.Spread the batter in idly plates using a ladle and steam cook it.

5.Once they are cooked let it cool.

6.Disintegrate the steamed idly just like upma and set it aside.


7.Add oil in a tawa and temper with mustard seeds,fennel seeds,curry leaves and red chillies.

8.When it splutters,add the chopped onion and saute till they turn golden brown.

9.Add the upma made in step 6 and give a quick stir.


10.Serve it hot(only hot)

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