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|
|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.