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. A little more water could turn it into a lumpy mess.
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|
|Green chili – split in the middle||1|
|Mustard seeds||1/4 tsp|
|Onion – chopped||1|
|Olive oil||1 tbsp|
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.