I am not a breakfast person, I cannot get myself to eat immediately once I am up in the morning. But as you guys know, I love cooking for other people. My husband is one such specimen – he needs his breakfast bright and early in the morning. Preferably something hot and fresh and this Upma recipe is something that comes to the rescue more than most of the times. Upma is a recipe that originates from the south of India and is also very popular in Maharashtra. The key ingredient in this recipe is semolina, known as rava or sooji with some other ingredients like veggies, curry leaves and onions. It’s not only delicious, it is super healthy and bonus fact – it’s vegan!
Serves 2 | Prep time : 15 min | Cook time : 10 min
- 1 cup rava or semolina
- 1 large onion, chopped finely
- 6-7 curry leaves
- 4 green chilies, chopped finely
- 2 tablespoons urad dal
- 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
- 1/2 inch ginger, chopped finely
- 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
- Chopped coriander, to garnish
- Salt and black pepper to taste
Before you make the upma, you need to roast the semolina. Heat a pan and add the cup or semolina/rava. Begin to roast it while continuously stirring it and do so till it turns to slightly change colour and turn golden and fragrant. Turn off the flame and set the roasted semolina aside in a plate.
In a pan, add 2 tablespoons of oil and temper some mustard seeds in it, followed by the curry leaves nad chopped green chilies.
Follow up by the urad dal and then the chopped onions. Let the onions turn translucent and then add some salt to taste. Add a cup of water to this mix.
Once it comes to a rolling boil, add the semolina/rava and immediately add a pinch of sugar. Stir well and let it cook with a lid on. It will take about 4-5 minutes before the semolina is cooked and the upma is ready.
Serve in a plate or bowl with a slice of lemon and garnish with chopped coriander.