Thursday, January 30, 2014

Upma or Uppuma or Uppittu is a

Upma or Uppuma or Uppittu is a common South Indian and Sri Lankan Tamil breakfast dish, cooked as a thick porridge from dry roasted semolina. Various seasonings and/or vegetables are often added during the cooking, depending on individual choice.
Upma is usually made with Semolina (called Rava or Suji in India). There are many ways Upma is prepared.
Semolina (Rava) (1 cup)
Cooking oil (3-4 tbsp)
Mustard seeds (1/2 tsp)
Cumin (1 tsp)
Ginger root (1/2 tsp, grated)
Green chillies (3-5 med, chopped)
Chopped onions (1 med, chopped)
Salt to taste
Vegetables of choice: Peas, carrots, tomatoes, capsicum, etc.
Grated coconut (3-4 tbsp, optional)
Lemon juice (2 tsp, optional)
Method of preparation[edit]
Dry-roast Semolina (rava) until it just begins to turn brown, then keep aside.
In a large saucepan/wok, heat the cooking oil.
Add mustard seeds and wait for them to sputter. Then add cumin, ginger, green chillies and chopped onions and fry until onions caramelise.
Add vegetables, salt and 2 cups of water, and bring to boil.
Add the roasted rava, turn down the heat, and mix quickly to avoid lumps forming.
The upma is done when all the water is absorbed by the rava.
Garnish with grated coconut, chopped cilantro leaves and lemon juice.

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