Upma is basically a Rava dish. Its made using Rava or semolina or Suji along with the vegetables of the season. Its a popular dish among South Indians and Maharashtrians. I had it first time at Sagar Ratna, a popular South Indian Restaurant and I just loved it. Though it did’nt have lot of vegetables, but the aroma of desi ghee and flavour of green chilly along with a cup of filter coffee, who needed the vegetables.
It was HEAVEN.
Since then every visit to a south Indian restaurant meant Upma with Filter coffee. After marriage, as I was new to the family, so was I to the kitchen. Experimenting in kitchen was in air those days. Thanks to my patient mother-in-law who had never made fun of the failed attempts and trust me when I am saying, at that age, I had mostly failed. But those were not just failures, every time I had a learning experience and with her support I am writing this blog and sharing my successful tips and recipes.
Coming to the Upma recipe, whenever you wish to make a dish using Rava, make sure to dry roast it. Its recommended not to use raw rava. Take one Katori or cup to measure the quantity of rava dry roast in kadai with heavy bottom and keep it aside for later as we need around 4 times (of rava) the measure of water. Chop the vegetables in small chunks. You may take onions, carrots, peas or any other vegetables of the season. Remember to avoid capsicum as it dominates the flavour of Upma and this is something we dont wish for. I have always used desi ghee as it adds an amazing taste to this dish. Some people call it Namkeen Suji / Rava Halwa. You may add coriander leaves, dry red chilly , green chilly, grated or chopped ginger too. I was out of stock for ginger and tried to put to use all the vegetables available during this lock down.
Rich in protein, iron, fibre and Vitamin B, Upma is surely a great choice for everyone and also for people on diet plan and adding different vegetables also add to the nutrition of the dish.
An important tip for making Upma is to add water first and Rava later. It makes the dish completely different.
So, share with me what all vegetables you are going to use for making Upma. I am waiting to hear from you.
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