Monday, February 6, 2012

Vegetable Upma

Vegetable Upma is a very simple and healthy breakfast. This is one of the breakfast which is not liked by many (even I was one of those). If made with right ingredients, then anything can be made tasty! This particular recipe has that taste which will impress most of them. This Upma has that extra richness from ghee, nutrients from vegetables and a different flavor induced by the ginger. Try making this way and I am sure you will not say "No" to Upma, here onwards!

  • Rava/Semolina, fine- 3/4 cup
  • Chopped Vegetable*- 3/4- 1 cup
  • Cilantro/Coriander leaves- Few sprigs
  • Ginger, grated- 1 tsp
  • Salt- To taste
For Seasoning:
  • Oil+ Ghee- 4-5 tsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds/Jeera- 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves- Few
  • Urad dal/Split black gram- 1/2 tsp
  • Chana dal/ Split Chickpeas- 1/2 tsp
  • Green chilli- 2-3
  • Broken Cashews- 1 Tbsp (optional)
*Vegetables I used- onion, carrot, peas ( I used frozen) and beans (I used frozen). You can also add potato and any other vegetable of your choice.


Dry roast the rava in a skillet for 3-4 minutes. Transfer it to a plate.
Now Cut the vegetables into very small pieces.
Then heat the mixture of oil and ghee. Then add mustard seeds. Once it splutters, add cumin seeds. Then add chana dal, urad dal, cashews (if adding), chopped green chillies, grated ginger and curry leaves. Fry until they turn slight brown. Now add chopped onion and carrot. Mix well. Add salt. Fry for 3-4 minutes. Then add rest of the vegetables. Fry them until they are half done. Then add water (I added 1 3/4- 2 cups). Close it with a lid. Let the water come to a boil. Once the veggies look cooked, check for salt (you have to check it now itself. it is not possible to add salt once the rava is added). 
Now slowly add rava and keep stirring it continuously with the other hand. Once the water is absorbed completely, add chopped coriander leaves and close the lid for a minute on a low flame. Then turn off the heat. Vegetable Upma is ready!

Serve it hot. Above measurement serves two people.