Basic Upma

A quick and easy to make South Indian breakfast dish made with semolina
Ingredients - Serves 4
  • 1 cup semolina (bombay rava, sooji)
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp chana dal (split chickpeas)
  • ½ tbsp urad dal (black gram)
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 1-2 green chillies, chopped (adjust based on your spice/heat tolerance)
  • 6-8 curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp cashews, optional
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tbsp ghee, optional
  • Salt, to taste
  1. Heat oil in a saucepan. Fry the cashews, split chickpeas (chana dal) and black gram (urad dal) together till they start to brown
  2. Add mustard seeds, green chillies and curry leaves and fry till the mustard seeds splutter
  3. Add the onions and saute till they turn translucent
  4. Next, pour in the water, season with salt and bring to a boil
  5. Turn down the heat and add the semolina in small batches while stirring continuously to avoid forming any lumps
  6. Once all the semolina is mixed in, keep the heat low and cover and cook for 2 minutes
  7. Turn off the heat, add the ghee and let it cool slightly
  8. Serve warm with any chutney like {Allam Pachadi}, {Palli Pachadi} or stuff it in {Pesarattu} for a heavier breakfast
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