A basic breakfast recipe made with semolina, spices, herbs & veggies, which is very healthy and delicious.
Semolina is nutritious and provides high levels of various B vitamins, iron, protein, and fiber and may support weight loss, heart health, and digestion.
Upma is made by simple cooking with dry roasted semolina in water that is tempered with herbs and spices.
The addition of the vegetables is another important factor that makes the recipe healthier.
Ingredients for Upma Recipe
1 cup Semolina
1 Onion medium size, finely chopped
2 Green chillies slit or chopped
1 teaspoon Ginger grated
3 tablespoons Green peas (optional)
1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
12-14 Curry leaves
8-10 Cashew nuts
2 tbsp Ghee or Oil
3 cups Water
Coriander leaves for garnish
In a pan, for roasting rava, heat 1/2 tablespoon ghee or olive oil, add rava (semolina) and roast it for 2 minutes. Once it is roasted, it will release nice roasted aroma. Transfer it on a plate and set it aside.
In the same pan, add 1tsp oil or ghee and then mustard seeds. Once it starts to crackle, add cashew nuts and fry for few seconds, until just light brown. Add curry leaves and green chilies, fry for another few seconds.
Then add onion, veggies of your choice (like – carrots, beans, green peas, bell pepper etc.), grated ginger, and salt and fry it until soft. Then, add 3 cups of water and mix. Bring to a boil.
Then add roasted semolina gradually and stirring continuously to avoid any lumps. Mix well. Now, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes on low heat. This helps to steam the upma well.
Add coriander leaves and mix. Delicious soft upma is ready to serve.
(Note – Semolina is a gluten-containing grain, which is unsuitable for people with certain gluten disorders or those with an allergy to wheat.)