Upma is the most common and easy to make breakfast food item that is also ideal for anytime snack. You can add steamed vegetables like carrots, cauliflower, or green peas and peanuts, to add more nutritional value and make it healthier. You may also try using the healthy olive oil instead of any other cooking oil.
- Oil - 3-4 tbsp
- Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
- Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
- Aasafoetida (Hing) - 1/4 tsp
- Ginger - 1 tsp grated
- Green chilies - 2
- Dried red chilies - 2
- Curry leaves - 5-6
- Split black lentils (Urad dal) - 1 &1/2 tsp
- Vegetables of your choice (optional) - 1/2 cup in all
- Peanuts (optional) - 1/4 cup
- Onion - 1 small finely chopped
- Semolina (Rawa/ Sooji) - 1 cup
- Coriander / Cilantro leaves - For garnishing
- Fine sev (gram flour fritters) (optional) - For garnishing
- Add 1 tsp oil in a pan and add 1 cup semolina to it. Roast on a medium flame turning constantly till he semolina starts turning slightly brownish in color. Remove in a plate and keep aside.
- Add 3 tbsp oil in a pan and add 1 tsp mustard seeds. After they crackle, add 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1/4 tsp asafoetida, grated ginger, curry leaves, green and red chilies, black lentils and peanuts (optional). Stir fry till the lentils turn slightly pink and the peanuts become slightly dark in color.
- Now add finely chopped onion and stir fry till it becomes translucent.
- Add 2 & 1/2 cups water and add salt to taste, 1 & 1/2 tsp lime/lemon juice, and 1 tsp sugar. (You may add steamed vegetables of your choice, like chopped carrots, green peas, or cauliflower florets, to the water now)
- Bring to boil and then slowly add the roasted semolina. Stir and mix well. Reduce heat to low, cover and let cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Turn and mix again and cook for another 2 minutes with cover. Now turn off the heat.
- Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and/or fine sev. Serve warm.