Friday, October 3, 2008

Vegetable Upma!

Upma! U..Maa!

Upma - A light Snack - Roasted Suji(Rava/Semolina/Cream of Wheat) and vegetables cooked in south Indian spices.

Me and Shreya(Friend) at Penn State shared the fondness of Upma. We cooked it over and over again. Started initially with those MTR upma packets. We used to rush home from school and make ginger tea and upma, that we sat and ate in peace(Go-siping).
Soon, we were done with all the packets we had and shifted to the original recipe. She would be be so mad, if i added vegetables. So, we made her style all the time - grated coconut and fresh coriander being utmost important.
She will fondly do all the cutting and chopping. You see! It was easy for me.
At that time we used to work at same place and had same courses.For a class project, one day we were supposed to be in school till late night. So, we packed 4 boxes of Upma in the anticipation that we don't have to step out for meals on a cold winter day. Though, it is a different story that we ended up finishing it before lunch time. :)

This one is for my Upma Friend!

Ingredients: Serves 2-3
1 Cups Suji/Rava (Rava : Water = 1:3)
3 Cups of Water
1 Onion - Chopped
3 Green chili - Chopped
1 Boiled Potato- Chopped
1 Small Cup - Peas
1 tbsp Mustard Seeds
1/2 tbsp Chana Dal
1/2 tbsp Urad Dal
1-2 Dried Red Chili
3-4 Fresh/Dried Curry Leaves
1/2 tbsp Coriander Powder
2 Tbsp Grated Coconut
5-6 Sprigs of Chopped Coriander


1. Dry roast suji in a heated pan. Keep stirring on a medium heat till done. It has a distinctive smell and looks light golden. It takes 5-8 mins. Keep it aside.

2. In a heated pan, add oil(Med-Low flame). Add Mustard seeds, let it sputter. Add (in order) chana dal, urad dal, curry leaves, dried red chilli, green chili and onions. You can increase the flame after adding onions. Fry till golden brown (8-9 mins). Add Coriander powder.

3.Heat water in a separate pan till it starts boiling. Add salt and peas to it.Check water for salt. When starts boiling add it to the pan with onions.

4. Add roasted suji slowly to this.Keep stirring constantly to avoid forming lumps. Cook till done, till water is absorbed and upma becomes semi-solid.

Garnish with grated coconut and chopped coriander leaves. You can also add fried or roasted peanuts.

Serve with Chutney or Indian Pickles.


shreya said...

Wow.. it looks like it's come out so well! :) I soo miss those days hitashi! come here and we'll make it together again. There's no one else who appreciates upma over here :D

Shivam Dixit said...

didi what a nice blog :)
Mouth watering dishes........ di college mein toh apnein achha khane ki hope jaga di........
abkibar diwali par going home and pakka telling mom to make this.....

thanks a lot

Hitashi said...

@ Shreya - Thanks! Come over we will do upma sessions again. :D

@ Shivam - Thanks! I am sure you will have fun during diwali. I miss all of that.