Monday, December 7, 2009

Veg Upma

As a kid I never used to like upma. Not only that, when it comes to food, I am very picky. I realized my mom's difficulties to satiate me only when I became one :-) I learned to make this upma from my MIL who is a great cook. Now this is one of the most preferred breakfast in my family and am sure you will also like it.

  We have a variety of 'upma' served in India known by different names like khara bath, uppittu, uppindi chow chow bath (when kahara bath is paired with another dish called kesari bath) and so on and so forth depending which part of South India you are from.  I would like to say they are all the same but as it goes with Indian food a little variation by an addition or subtraction of a spice and you have a different dish.  Sometimes, I think thats about how cooking goes around the world.   

Upma

  The variety posted today is a fluffy soft version as against the slightly wetter one served in restaurants in Andhra and Karnataka.  We will make the other varieties and post them in time with the names given it by the state it hails from.   Apart from the spices the quantity of water that goes into this dish makes for the difference in consistency which accounts for the variations too.


Ingredients

Rawa/Semolina- 1cup
Oil- 2Tbsp
Carrot grated- 1Tbsp
Beans(cut into thin pieces)-1Tbsp
Ivy gourd(thin pieces)- 1Tbsp
Long beans/Pachappayar(thin pieces)-1 Tbsp
Shallots(sliced thin)-1 Tbsp
Ginger grated-1tsp
Green chillies(slit into 2)-2-3
Curry leaves-1 sprig
Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
Grated coconut-1/3cup
Water-1+1/2 cup

Upma

Method

1.Dry roast the rawa till the raw smell goes.(I would do it for a couple of minutes more from that point)and spread it on a paper and let cool.
2.Heat oil in a deep pan and splutter the mustard seeds.
3.Throw in the cut veggies,green chillies and ginger into this and mix well.
4.Cover and cook this till the veggies become tender.Open the lid and stir after every 2-3 minutes.This may take 8 to 10mins.When it is almost done add curry leaves also.
5.Pour in the water and mix well.Add salt and grated coconut and allow to boil.
6.When it starts bubbling slowly add the roasted rawa (reduce the heat while you do this)and mix well.
7.Cover and cook for a couple of minutes on low heat.Mix well and serve.
8.You could save a Tbsp of coconut and add it after you mix in rawa and the fresh coconut gives a good twist to the taste.Serve warm with chips, banana,pickle of your choice,Black channa(kadala) curry or as it is.

Upma

42 comments:

  1. Hey delicious!I guess I should try adding coconut next time...I love it!

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  2. Just love this upma/khara bath... looks so tempting.

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  3. lovely click gulmohar,just like u even i didnt like upma at all..now after marriage i started having everything...really looks nice & tasty

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  4. Vegetable uppuma seems so delicious and nutritious.Great way to add vegetables...

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  5. so soft and delicious!!...perfect for breakfast!

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  6. Even as a kid, upma was my favorite snack, it still is. This upma looks delicious.

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  7. I have heard of this coconut version, but never tried it. beautiful click as ever

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  8. My all time fav bfast...looks yumm,and my mouth is watering..i am gonna make this in the evening ,i lov all kinds of upmas except bread upma...

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  9. We ve never been Upma fan too. My mom adds tomat- to make us eat this one! Coconut in upma should be great too..

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  10. This looks amazing! I love all the wonderful spices. Thanks

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  11. Awesome picture da.. and I enjoy upma quite a bit. I especially like the regular one we make without any vegetables and eat it with pazham..V likes it like this with veggies...

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  12. Mmmm. It looks healthy and delicious.

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  13. Very healthy Upma.loved ur way to add Coconut to this!should be very tasty and yummy!

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  14. I've never heard about upma before but it looks absolutely beautiful and delicious! It also sounds healthy and tasty, I can't wait to experiment with this recipe, thanks!

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  15. hi gulmohar,
    this is my first visit to your blog...u hv a very nice collection of recipes...this up ma luks delicious n healthy too...nice snap...i am adding u in my list, vl be visitng u frequently now

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  16. yummy yummy Upma...
    Excellent pics too..

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  17. Delicious upma with colourful veggies...looks great!

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  18. oh this looks fab, must give it a try will link to OM Indian Groceries fanpage I write for them, love Rebecca

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  19. Oh my this looks so fresh and delicious!!!

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  20. So delicious!! For a great upma fan this dish sure will please the palates!! Great click... :)

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  21. Great combo of spices! Your meal sounds delicious :)

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  22. This is really new to me but looks fabulous!

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  23. Upma looks delicious. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog:).

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  24. upma looks great.adding grated coconut is new to me will try next time

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  25. Hi thanks for visitng my blog and for ur wonderful comments. Ur blog looks awesome. This recipe sounds so nice, adding veggies,fresh coconut at last....All these will sure give a twist to the upma... Will try ur version.

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  26. Very tasty upma recipe. Pic looks awesome as usual. My mother used to add coconut. I have adapted my in-laws style upma, sans coconut :):)

    Chitchat
    http://chitchatcrossroads.blogspot.com/

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  27. Very nice clicks Gulmohar ! and same as u even i dint prefer upma , nowadays prepare it cos else there is scarcity or various breakfasts !

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  28. Upma looks soft and delicious! Our regular breakfast dish without coconut. Nice explanation about different upma's . Beautiful click.

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  29. Easy breakfast recipe..Nice clicks as always.....

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  30. Upma looks so mouth-watering. Adding coconut in upma is interesting :)

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  31. really gud gulmohar...u have chopped the vegetables very small..so that kids can easy eat.

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  32. Nice upma...as a kid I never had upma but now I started eating after marriage..

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  33. Dear Gulmohar
    Thanks for this recipe.
    Upma is our all time favorite. Today only my daughter, while going to work, reminded me, " It is long time , you haven't cooked Upma".
    I was about to say" cook for yourself" but refrained, because children never grow up in the eyes of the parents.
    Off to the market to get the suji and the vegetables.
    Have a nice day

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  34. loved the upma with all the veggies....im going to make this for my little one today......LOved the snaps....they are very clear and colourful too.....Well, my upma never came out good!!Yes,we are not a fan of upma much....always the water quantity wasa problem.....its good u gave the amount of water to be used else i wouldnt give it a go...thx for the wonderful recipe..will let u know how it turned out...

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  35. Colorful & yummy upma....great clicks.

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  36. A tempting and inviting upma with a lovely picture.

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  37. Upma looks yummy, never added grated coconut to it, will add next time when i try this.

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  38. very tempting..i too add veggies to upma and some urad/mung dal..

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  39. Gulmohar, thanks for letting me know , i did not realize that ...ur veg upma is just delicious... pics look great...

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  40. I love the texture of your upma. Each grain is separate yet cooked thoroughly... the color is also very good :)

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  41. Thanks everyone. Really appreciate your comments :-)

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