Thursday, July 2, 2009

Masala Upma

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As a kid I never liked upma and when ever my mom prepares this she had to make some alternative for me but I used to eat khara bath in hotels.After marriage I started eating upma as this is really a life saver when there is no time or patience to cook.
I would like to introduce another chef from our home...are you thinking that it would be my husband??..No way.. if he prepares tea I have to throw it and prepare another cup for me,that is the status of my husband's cooking skills...and the super chef I am talking about is my sweet brother..:)..He claims that he is a super chef at our house.Ofcourse some dishes he prepares were appreciated even by his in-laws and especially his upma has a huge fan following in our family.Even my husband is a big fan of my brother's upma and whenever I prepare upma, he always compares it with my brother's upma(like a standard).Even though I follow the same procedure I could not achieve the same standard level as he does.His hands work like a jaadu on this upma and makes it more tastier.
But one thing I hate about his cooking is the mess he would have created while cooking and we end up cleaning the kitchen for more time than he took for cooking.And also he behaves like a boss in kitchen and order us to chop the vegetables for him...:)But the end results will be so good to forget everything..and here comes this yummy upma recipe all the while I was talking about.

Ingredients:

1 cup regular Sooji/Baarik sooji/Lapsi rava
1 big Onion finely sliced

1 big Tomato finely chopped
1 medium Carrot very finely chopped

4 green chillies,thinly sliced

1 tsp
Ginger-Garlic paste
2 tbsp chopped coriander
1 lemon squeezed

2 tbsp grated wet coconut

1/2 tsp red chilli powder

1/2 tsp
Garam masala
a pinch of turmeric

1 tbsp Chana dal
1 tsp split Urad dal

8-10 Curry leaves

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

Salt to taste

2 tbsp oil

2 tbsp Ghee



Method:
  • Dry roast rava until the aroma starts and turn light brown in color.cool it.This can be done in advance and store in air-tight container.
  • Heat oil in a kadai,crackle mustard seeds.Fry chana dal and urad dal until light brown.
  • Add green chillies,curry leaves and ginger-garlic paste and fry for half minute.Now add thinly sliced onions and fry until they turn light brown in color.
  • Add chopped carrot and fry for a minute.Add finely chopped tomato and cover it and cook until it forms a pulpy mixture.
  • Add red chilli powder,haldi and garam masala to it and cook for a minute.Add water to it in the ratio of 1:3 (1- sooji :3-water) and cover it and let it boil.
  • Remove the lid and salt and slowly add sooji by continuously stiring it in order to avoid the formation of lumps.Cover it and cook for 2-3 minutes on low flame until sooji is completely cooked.
  • Add chopped coriander,lemon juice and grated coconut and give a nice mix.
  • Add ghee to it and mix properly.Add more ghee according to your taste.It is completely optional.Adding ghee enhances the taste of upma and it is complete optional.
Serve it hot with coconut chutney,sliced cucumber and some chips.

Note:
  • You can even add corn,finely chopped beans,peas to this.
  • The amount of water can be reduced to 2 to 21/2 if you want your upma to be bit dry.But adding this amount of water makes the upma soft and tastes like hotel upma.
  • Roast the rava properly which yields good non-sticky upma.
  • The taste of upma varies according to the amount of oil and ghee used.If you want good taste you have to add more else add less according to your requirement.
  • Add lemon after switching off the flame otherwise it will turn slight bitter.Be generous about the amount of lemon juice.
  • Add lots of fried cashewnuts to give a special taste.
This again goes to "Show me your breakfast" Event by Divya of Dil se.

and also to "EFM Theme - Breakfast Series" @ Srish Kitchen.Note:

  • For a Vegan version use oil instead of ghee for tempering.

43 comments:

sangi said...

Hi dear,Thanks a lot for stopping by my blog.U have a colourful blog.i loved ur blog...will visit again..

Sushma Mallya said...

wow nicely garnished and looks good prathiba...

jayasree said...

You have gorgeously presented the otherwise humble upma.

Ann said...

Oh what a granishing with grams..real yummy.feel like having them..so pretty..haha.loved your note too !!

Mangala Bhat said...

Hey Nicely presented ..Yummy Upama

Hari Chandana said...

Lovely color.. perfect presentation...

Laavanya said...

I was like that too when it came to upmas (except vermicelli upma) but now I love every kind - unfortunately my husband still doesn't.
Looks great and i esp. love the boondi garnish.

Gita said...

Nice presentation dear...looks yum with the boondis on top :)

chakhlere said...

Wow what a amazing presentation!!
i love such upma with veggies!!
Its morning now and i want this at my breakfast!!

Yummyyyyyyyy!!

Sarah Naveen said...

Lovely presentation dear!!!

Parita said...

Lovely presentation pratibha!! loved the idea of adding chickpeas and that cucumber curl looks soo cute!

Vrinda said...

U made Rawa upma more tempting with ur presentation,my fav bfast...

Srilakshmi said...

Upma Looks lovely, and I love the presentation. I hated Upma when I was at India.. after coming to the US Upma has become the most frequent breakfast during weekend..

Padma said...

I love this style of upma Prathibha ... yours look great and nicely presented.. I too have one in my draft named as masala upma/uppittu :)

Ann said...

upma looks yumm and lovely presentation dear.

Priya said...

Lovely presentation Prathi, my all time fav!

Ashwini said...

Yummm. Love this masala upma. I too used to hate upma..my mom used to put boondi or mixture on top and bribe me. Love that combo. Tempting.

Pavithra said...

HE he ... loved the intro prathy.. upma looking so good and really its really life saver yah...Good looking is this upma u made or ur brother made
?

Prathibha said...

Thank you all for your lovely words.....
@parita whr did the chickpeas come from dear??It is boondi on top of upma,not chickpeas..
@pavithra That is done by me...will try to take a snap next time when he prepares..

Valarmathi said...

Nice presentation. Looks very yummy.

Smitha said...

Nice presentation. Upma is a quick fix on lazy days.

Preety said...

love upma anytime..i usually fix this when i am not in a mood to prepare a whole meal..this satisfy anyone's pallet and is healthy too..i like to add some fried peanuts in mine at the end to give an extra crunch..

ARUNA said...

hey nicely decorated Prathibha, beautiful garnish.......loved the colors! I love upma anytime!!!

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Upma is comfort food, nice click and decoration.

Pooja said...

Wow the upma looks very delicious! I too love to have spicy upma..but my parents dont and they make with less spices. I have never added tomato but I'll try next time :)

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

yummy upma... I hated upmas as a kid too and yes love it now for the same reasons... easy to make and wholesome food too...

Ashwini said...

this recipe sound similar to our kichidi.. nice one...

Sush said...

Upma with garlic!, never tried. And co-incidence is, today is upma at our home. Loved your picture as always :)

Uma said...

that's a delicious upma Prathy (you know I call my lil one as Prathy..her full name is Pratheeka!)! Well presented.

Usha said...

Upma looks inviting, great presentation !

Vibaas said...

me too Prathy. never like upma and started eating and liking it after marriage. it is indeed a lifesaver :D looks yum, btw :)

munchcrunchandsuch said...

nice presentation..even someone who doesnt really like pma, wud take a liking for it seeing this pic

sowmya said...

looks tempting..

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I love upma like anything in the world,but my kiddo and hubby doesnot :( Still I make atleast once a month :) Love the presentation prathiba!

wat tool do u use to bring the border in ur picture?(If I can ask you :))

My Experiments with Cooking said...

Wow!This upma comes with super twists. I never add ginger garlic paste and garam masala. It must be very flavorful. First time on your blog. Lovely recipes.

Chitra said...

Hmm..never tried upma with veggies..my hubby loves upma..will sure give a try!!

vidhas said...

Lovley presentation, i like upma but my husband don't like it.

littletastebuds said...

me too but my hubby's favorite.Nice presentation.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow.......that's an drooooooooool worthy upma......

Prathibha said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments..

Divya Vikram said...

Looks colorful n healthy!

Mallugirl said...

hi prathy, i got searching for the soft hotel upma and laughed so much reading ur post.. coz ur description of uoma, ur husbands cooking and of ur brothers is so similar to my family!!

Good Gynecologist in Kodambakkam said...

the upma and chutney looks a great combo, perfect entry for the events. I have bookmarked will try it for breakfast.

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