Upma – A silky soft veggie semolina / Rulang Upma

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Upma is a very healthy breakfast choice in South India given it’s main ingredient; very light tiny beady, Semolina or Sooji in Hindi.   To get the soft and silky texure,  stick to  the following propotions : 2 cups of water to 1 cup of Semolina

This could be made plain, omitting the vegetables, but by adding any veggies of your choice could make it much more healthier .  Also, kids will love the assorted colours that will look so tempting!!

What you need:

Semolina / Rulang / Sooji 1 cup
Hot water 2 cups
Yellow split lentils – chana dhal 1 tbsp
1 Carrot – cut into tiny cubes
4 Green beans – cut into tiny pieces
Curry leaves
Green chili – split in the middle 1
Mustard seeds  1/4 tsp
Onion – chopped 1
 Olive oil  1 tbsp

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Let’s make :

  • First dry roast semolina for a min or two being careful not to change its colour and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan and crackle mustard seeds.
  • Throw a handful of crushed curry leaves and chana dhal.  Slightly brown.
  • Add the chopped onion and saute until golden and add the green chili.

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  • Now, add the chopped carrots and beans.  Stir fry a bit.
  • Pour 2 cups of hot water and add salt to taste and let it boil away.
  • ,Then, slowly add half of  roasted semolina while stiring rapidly, otherwise, it will give lumps.
  • Add the other half while stiring.

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  • Mix all together, check for salt,  close the lid and let it cook under very low fire for exactly 3 mins.
  • Open the lid, let the steam escape, squeeze 1/4 of a lemon give a good mix.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.

Tips:

  • To make it look more attractive, you can fill into a  glass bowl, press down and turn upside down on a plate, then remove the bowl slowly, leaving a dome in the middle. Yapeee!
  • You can add a pinch of saffron to make it look subtly golden colour while cooking.
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Rulang/Sooji/Semolina pudding – A velvety pudding with sweet milky taste

Semolina pudding

This  sweet treat, so light and  velvety is a real winner on a balmy summer day to serve around after the main meal or as an afternoon snack.  If you serving this to kids, you can even mix colours to make it more inviting!

It is so simple to make this, because you might probably have all the neccessary ingredients in your pantry cupboard rather than having to run to the shops.

Semolina is a good source of vitamin E and B, both are essential for good immunity.  Zinc and magnesium found in semolina are beneficial for the health of your bones and nervous system. Also it is a nourishing source of energy for kids and adults alike.

It is important that you cook the pudding until it comes to a ball and no longer sticky.  This right consistency will give your pudding the velvety texture and firmer squares when  it comes to cutting.

What you need to make it:

Semolina (Rulang/Sooji) 75 g
Sugar (white) 150 g
Butter 50 g
Milk 500 ml
Salt 2 pinches
Raisins 2 tbsp

Let’s make :

Divide it

  • Divide 500ml of milk into two parts.
  • Soak semolina in one half of milk
  • Keep aside the other half

Melt it

  • In a wide pan add 50g of butter and melt under low flame
  • Add the plain half of  milk and 150g of sugar and 3 pinches of salt
  • Boil until bubbles form on top while stiring continuously

Add Semolina

  • Reduce heat and add the other half of milk soaked with semolina.
  • Add currents.

Stir it

  • Keep stiring until thick.
  • The mixture will come together as a ball after 10 – 15 mins.

Pour it

  • Immediately, switch off the flame and pour the mixture into a Pyrex dish rubbed all sides with butter
  • Let the pudding cool off and place in the fridge
  • Once properly chilled, you can cut it into perfectly dainty squares.
  • Serve in a pretty dessert cup

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