Sunday, May 6, 2012

Rava Upma/Rave Upit/Sooji Upma/Vegetable Upma/Vegetable Upit

This is the most common breakfast in most of the South Indian houses.  It is a fast to cook dish which is very tasty. 

Preparation Time - 10 mins
Cook Time - 15 mins
Serves - 2

Measurements & Ingredients:
  • Rava(rave/sooji) - 1 big cup
  • Cut vegetables(onion, green beans, green peas, capsicum, carrot) - all or any combination - 2 small cups
  • Oil - 4 tblspns
  • Mustard seeds(sasive) - 3/4 tspn
  • Bengal gram(channa dal) - 1 tspn
  • Black gram(urad dal) - 1 tspn
  • Cumin seeds(jeera) - 3/4 tspn
  • Curry leaves - a few
  • Coriander leaves - a few
  • Green chillies - 4
  • Asafoetida - a pinch

 Roast the rava(sooji) without oil for 5 mins on medium heat.  Do not let it turn dark brown, it should just start changing colour. 

Keep this aside.  In a pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds, channa dal, urad dal, jeera, green chillies, curry leaves, asafoetida.  Then add onions and the other vegetables, salt, coriander leaves and mix.  Cover it and cook it on low heat for 5-7 mins.  

Now add 2 big cups of water(same cup as the rava measurement), increase the heat to high and let it come to a boil.  Once it starts boiling, turn the heat to complete low and then add the rava continuously at the center of the boiling water with simultaneously mixing 
in circles in the same
direction.  Continue mixing
in circles even after all the
rava is added.  As you see,
the rava absorbs all the

 Cover it and let it cook on low heat for 10 mins.  Mix occasionally.  Finally add lemon juice and mix.

Serve hot with either raitha or chutney pudi or just plain hot upma!


Don't skip this step...
The only trick to have a lump-free upma is to keep stirring continuously and fast as you add the rava.  If you relax on this step, your dish will be spoilt.
Additionally, you can roast rava in large quantity and store it so that you can skip roasting it when you need to prepare upma and save another 10 mins in the cooking.

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