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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Upma - cream of wheat - sooji, rava


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1 cup cream of wheat, rava or sooji
2 small green chili or according to taste
1 tablespoon of chopped ginger
1 cup of chopped onion
1/2 cup of frozen mixed vegetables
1/4 cup of raw cashew nuts
1/2 teaspoon of salt

For Seasoning:
4 tablespoon of oil
1/2  teaspoon of mustard seeds
2 teaspoon of channa dal
1 teaspoon of urad dal
2 cups of water approximately

Add about 1/2 teaspoon of oil to the cream of wheat mix it and microwave it for about 40 seconds.

Heat a pan with 4 tablespoons of oil.
When hot add channa dal and urad dal.
When the dal is turning brown add the mustard seeds, wait till the mustard seeds have crackled.
Add onion and fry till the onion is almost brown.
Add chopped green chilies and ginger and saute for a minute or so.
Add 2 cups water, wait till it boils, add the frozen mixed vegetables and salt.  Cook the vegetables for about 2 minutes.
Add the cream of wheat to the boiling water slowly while mixing.  Lumps will form try breaking them.

Serve with chutney, pickle or sambar.  Serves 4

Upma is a popular breakfast item in South India.  It is mild and filling.  There is variations of this dish made with vermicelli, broken whole wheat, poha or flattened rice.

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