Upma is one of the famous South Indians breakfast. It is prepared using semolina as a main ingredient. Semolina is rava in Tamil and Suji in Hindi. It is thick porridge prepared using dry roasted semolina or wheat semolina. Today I have used wheat semolina for healthy version. I try to avoid regular semolina for my children. I feel both the semolina gives the similar taste. Upma can be prepared even without vegetables but I like to add veggies in our upma, semiya or kitchadi. This is a easy way to include veggies in kid’s meal.
Choosing the right semolina makes the perfect upma. I always use coarse rava for grainy texture. If you use very fine semolina then the texture will turn very smooth then we won’t enjoy the real taste. This is very simple breakfast or dinner. You can see upma in almost all the South Indian houses for dinner. It is very light and easy to digest food. Upma is very under rated dish by many of us but personally I love upma/kitchadi on any day. This goes well with yogurt, ginger pickle, coconut chutney or sugar. This dish can be prepared in 10 minutes if you have roasted semolina.
1. Roasting rava is important for grainy texture. I have used roasted rava so I have skipped that process.
2. You can also add beans along with peas and carrot.
3. You can follow the same recipe for regular rava/suji upma.
4. Adding 1 tsp grated ginger along with curry leaves gives more flavour to the dish.
5. Adding ghee at the end is optional.
Serve wheat rava upma with sugar, coconut chutney, pickle or yogurt. It goes excellent with any of this accompaniment.
Here is the step by step process for Wheat Rava Upma:
Take a pan, add 3 tbsp oil, 1 tsp mustard seeds and allow the seeds to crackle.
Then add 1 tsp urad dal and 1 tsp channa dal and allow them to temper.
Now add 1 sprig of curry leaves, 2 red chillies and mix well. Then add 1 onion (finely chopped) and saute well.
Once the onion is cooked well, add 1 tomato,
salt to taste and cook along with the onion.
Now add ¼ cup peas, ¼ cup carrot and mix well. Once the vegetables are mixed well, add 2 cups of water and cover the pan and cook for 2 minutes.
Check if the vegetables are cooked well after cooking for 2 minutes. Now add 1 cup roasted wheat rava slowly in the pan by stirring slowly.
Keep the flame low while adding the rava to avoid forming lumps. Now add 1 tsp ghee (optional).
Once the rava is mixed well in the water, cover the pan and cook for 2 minutes on low flame. Now remove the lid and add a handful of coriander leaves and give it a mix.
Serve with yogurt, pickle, chutney or sugar.
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