This was one of the first dishes I asked my M-in-law to teach me. Its such a standard South Indian dish, and so easy to put together anytime. I always keep my dad's famous avvakai pickle in the fridge and serve it next to the Uppuma. Rava is a key ingredient in my pantry, and I always keep various frozen vegetables in the freezer. I find that the key is to make sure you don't skimp on the flavoring ingredients, that will affect the taste a lot.

1.5 cups rava, 1.5 cups vegetables (carrot, peas, beans, small cauliflower florets, lima beans, chopped cabbage), 1 tomato diced, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp mustard seeds, 1 tsp urad daal, 1 tsp channa daal, 2 dried red chillies, 2 tsp cashew nuts, 1 tbsp minced ginger, 1 large green chili, a few curry leaves, a pinch of asafetida

1. Roast the rava in a pan, until it turns a nice golden brown color and gives off a nutty aroma. Be careful, it can burn quickly.
2. Splutter the mustard seeds in oil, add the urad daal, channa daal, dried red chillis, cashew nuts, ginger, green chili, asafetida, curry leaves and fry them.
3. Add the vegetables, tomato, turmeric and salt.
4. Add 3. 75 cups of water, and cook the vegetables.
5. Add the rava and mix through. You may need to add more salt to taste.

My M-in-law's recipe is so easy, and turns out really well. I just keep practicing all these dishes, the more you make them the better you get. Any other ideas out there for Uppuma?


Savithri said...

My favourite part of uppuma is the yummy crispy bits at the bottom of the pan! mmmm...

FH said...

Comfort food,yes I agree with Savitri here with those crispies!:D

Anonymous said...

I love Upama too and with pickle. I should ask you guys about the name of the pickles I see at the store which has names I don't understand -- avakkai is mango right but the names vary with the process too right ?

TNL said...

Lovely looking Upma...I noticed you didn't add any onion...but your upma looks lovely with that yellow hue.. Indira posted recipes for Buttermilk Upma and another one Tomato Baath,I tried the Buttermilk one and it tasted really nice...


bee said...

i add buttermilk sometimes, instead of water. and i love mine with raisins or dried cranberries.

Anonymous said...

Your blog is lovely
uppuma is our favorite breafast, infact today on our breakfast menu too!
All your photos are very beautifull too!

Padmaja said...

uppuma and pickle!!!
amazing combo, i prefer with pickle than with any chutney u know!!nice and neat pictures

Latha said...

Hey Kanchana,

First, thanks for visiting my blog! You are one of my inspirations (along with Vani and Asha) to finally have shed the cloak of anonymity! I just really love all your pictures! You are so beautiful :-)
And your friend Geetanjali... she looks soooooooo familiar! I just cant' place her but somehow I feel like i've seen her and the name sounds familiar too! one of those weird things!
The upma looks yummy! Upma is an all time favorite for me. I just love it and can eat it anytime. I used to make my upma very similar to yours. But after my mil visited us here, I've started making it her way! I just love her upma and i keep practicing like you say to get it just right, just like hers!

Keep the lovely posts coming!

Anonymous said...

Hi kanchana,

Lovely blog.. and great pictures. I tried out your thai green curry it was really good. Thanks for that.

The uppuma looks yummy.. my mom makes masala upma with the cracked whole wheat. Along with all you ingredients, she also adds onions, cloves, cinnamons, tomatoes and bay leaves. Everyone loves it.


Reena said...

upma is always a comfort food and easy to make. i add as much veggies as possible. i like upma with sugar:):):)


Anonymous said...

Hi Kanchana,
This is meena from singapore.U have a nice blog.I use to come here daily.

Actually this upma if try in micro wave u get better one(in tamil to say udir udir ra varum).In microwave u fry rava for 2 to 3 min high.Then add boiling water to that and mix them well and keep them again in microwave for another 3 min.Then in gas stove do all those thalipu then mix this rava to them and keep them for 2 min.

Shella said...

As kids we used to eat upma with cheeni / sugar. I still love it that way. Try n see.