Saturday 29 March 2014

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time : 10 minutes
Serves: 4

1 cup roasted semolina (sooji, rava)
1 medium sized onion, chopped finely
1 green chilly, chopped
1 tbsp chana dal/spilt and skinned bengal gram
½ tbsp urad dal/spilt and skinned
½ inch ginger grated or chopped finely
2  cups water
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 sprig of curry leaves
2 tsp sugar (optional)
2 tbsp oil or ghee
salt as required

  1. Heat oil or ghee in a pan.
  2. Add mustard seeds,when they start to crackle add the chana dal and urad dal.
  3. Fry till they start to brown a little.
  4. Now add onions and fry till they become transparent.
  5. Add the green chilly, ginger, curry leaves and fry for a minute.
  6. Now add water to this mixture and let it come to a boil.
  7. Add salt and sugar.
  8. When the water comes to a rolling boiling, lower the flame and keep on stirring .
  9. The semolina will absorb water and swell and begin to cook.
  10. If the mixture looks dry, then add some more water.
  11. Keep stirring so that the upma leaves sides of the pan.
  12. Serve upma hot with sambhar or coconut chutney.
  1. You can boil chana dal (in an open pan for 5-10 minutes) and vegetables before adding them to the upma. 

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