May 25, 2012

Mixed Vegetable Upma

For Day 3 of BM# 16 under "breakfast" theme, I made a super simple and comforting upma. Growing up, I was not a big upma fan. But now that I'm older and wiser, I realized how quick and easy making upma is and the dish can be dressed up or down as per the occasion.

As I was looking for breakfast recipes in Mallika Bhadrinath's "100 Tiffin Varieties", I found this vegetable upma variation. I thought the addition of tamarind with mixed vegetables was interesting and decided to give it a try. This upma is slightly spicy and tangy and a great variation to regular plain upma. Definitely worth a try!!

Ingredients:
Fine emolina (Sooji, Bombay Rawa) - 1 cup
Onion - 1 learge, thinly sliced
Green Chilies - 2, slit
Mixed Vegetables - 2 cups, chopped (I used potatoes, carrots and peas. Cabbage, capsicum and cauliflower would be good too)
Tomato - 1, chopped 
Tamarind pulp - 3tsp
Turmeric - ½ tsp
Salt - to taste

For tempering:
Chana dal - 1tsp
Urad dal - 1tsp
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Dry red chili - 1
Curry leaves - 6-8 (I didn't have any on hand)

 
Method:
  • Heat 2tsp oil and 1tsp ghee in a large pan, add the tempering ingredients and once the seeds start to splutter, add onions and green chilies; saute until onions turn translucent.
  • Next add the mixed vegetables and cook covered on medium-low flame until tender.
  • Add tomato and cook for a minute.
  • Next add turmeric and tamarind and cook until it does not smell raw anymore, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add 3cups of water to the veggies; cover and bring to a boil. Slowly add the sooji/ bombay rawa in a steady stream while continuously stirring the water to avoid forming lumps. Cook on medium-low flame until all water is absorbed and semolina is cooked through, this will take about 5-6 minutes.
  • Leave covered for 5 minutes. Serve hot with as is or with pickle or chutney.
Let’s check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked up for Day 3 of BM# 16.
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10 comments:

  1. One of my fav breakfast,sounds healthy n yummy with mixed vegs...looks great!!
    I too never tried with tamarind pulp,will try it next time!
    Spicy Treats

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  2. I tried a sago upma and did not like the texture..maybe I'll try yours!

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  3. I've never heard of Upma before but it looks and sounds delicious! I'll have to give it a try! thanks for opening my culinary "eyes!" :)

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  4. It looks very gooey and different one to look, picture looks pretty. Did it taste different?

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  5. Wowwww... mouth watering pictures.. looks simply amazing :)
    Indian Cuisine

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  6. my dad likes his upma, like this goey and sticky and hubby likes it coarse and fluffy....i am okay either ways :) this looks nice

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  7. Super inviting upma, adding tamarind pulp sounds very new for me.

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  8. Healthy and comforting breakfast...

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  9. Hi Pavani..one of my most favorite and quick ways of including veggies into the breakfast meal..loved your version :)

    I have never tried adding the tarmarind paste..interesting!

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