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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