Upma is a a common South Indian and Sri Lankan Tamil breakfast and I just fell in love with it when I was studying in Chennai. I usually make this on a Sunday morning for my family as it is a very healthy breakfast option which is easy and quick to prepare and is enjoyed by all.. including my 10 month old. it.
Upma is made from Semolina which is a ‘wonder grain’ with many health benefits. It is a source of Vitamin B and E, along with a quick source of energy. Also, as it gets digested slowly, so you will feel full longer. Semolina is low in fat which is good news for people wishing to control or reduce their weight and blood sugar.
Serving Size: 2
- 1 Cup Semolina (Suji)
- 2 Cups Water
- Oil-2 tbsp [you can use any oil as per your preference]
- 1 Onion (Medium)- Chopped
- 1 tsp Urad dal
- ½ tsp Mustard Seeds (Rai)
- ½ Cup- Mixed Vegetables-(Peas & Carrots)
- Salt- According to taste
- 10 Curry Leaves
- 1 Dried Red Chili
- 5 Cashew Nuts (Optional)
- Coriander- For garnishing
- Roasted semolina/suji for a few minutes till light (golden) brown.
- [Keep the colour as per your preference, I usually keep it very light].
- Keep it aside.
- Heat oil in a (non-stick) pan and add mustard seeds.
- Once they start spluttering, add rest of the dry ingredients (Urad Dal, Dry chilly, cashew nuts).
- Roast the above ingredients on low flame till golden brown.
- Add onions and fry till half done & then add the vegetables.
- Now add salt. [This will help hydrate the vegetables]
- Once the vegetables are half cooked, add curry leaves.
- Add water to the pan and bring it to boil.
- Now lower the flame to medium flame and add the roasted Semolina.
- Cook on medium flame, stirring continuously so no lumps are formed.
- After the water is absorbed, close the flame and cover with a lid for 5 min and let it cook in its own steam.
- Stir it, once and serve hot.
- Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
Enjoy cooking and eating this Healthy Upma!