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Upma revisited

Written By FewMinute Wonders on Monday, April 21, 2008 | 7:49 PM

It was dinner time again and I was thinking "what am I going to make tonight?" In the back of my mind what I was actually wondering was what "One pot wonders" could I prepare. After a lot of deliberation I chose upuma, a cream of wheat savory dish that is so special, connecting and comforting food for me and my family. I decided to adopt "The reluctant chef" Lakshmi's recipe of Rava Upma and tweak it a little and present it as a "One Pot Wonder" in Pavani's Cook's Hideout food event of this month. What was different in this uppuma was one, adding of new ingredients and two, changing the method of prepartion a little in the end(shown in green print below). But like my brother-in -law used to say" covering up and lying down was the same as lying down and covering up", whether I followed Lakshmi's method of preparation or mine the end result is still delicious, tasty and comforting uppuma.

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Rava or Cream of wheat - 1 1/3 cup

Red chillis- 2

Green chillis (de-seeded)-2

Cilantro- a few stands

Curry leaves - a few

Lentils- Channa dal and Udal dal - 2 tbsp each

Mustard seeds- 1 tsp

Onions- 2 chopped finely

Bell Peppers- (Red, Green and Orange)- 1 each

Zucchini - 1 chopped

Tomato-Roma- 1 de-seeded and chopped

Mixed Frozen Vegetables - 1/2 cup (peas, carrots, corn)


Asafoetida- a few shakes.

Water - 2 2/3 cups

Oil - 2 tbsp

Ghee - 1 tsp

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1. Heat the Wok and boil 2 2/3 cup water.When the water starts to boil transfer it into a bowl.
2. Heat the Wok again and dry roast the rava (cream of wheat) for about 8 minutes on medium high flame while constantly mixing it.

3. When the rava is toasted remove it and place it on the plate.

4. Heat oil and ghee in the wok.When that warms up well add asafoetida, mustard seeds. When the seeds start to pop add the lentil and red chillis.

5. When the lentils start to turn golden add chopped chillis, onions and cook with a little salt until the onions turn translucent. Add the remaining veggies and cook and turn on the heat.Add more salt.

6. When these veggies are getting cooked keep stirring and you will see most water from the veggies disappear in 8 minutes or so.

7. Add the roasted rava and mix it well with the veggies, almost like coating them with the rava. This step helps the rava not to get lumpy when water is added and helps you make perfect upma all the time.

8. After a minute or so add water a little at a time and mix the rava. Turn the heat to medium.

9. Mix the upma well and then cover the wok and allow the upma to cook for 2 minutes.

10. After 2 minutes. Open and mix it once more and garnish with cilantro and serve with sugar, my favorite combo.


  1. Upma .... yummmmmmmm

    Looks so colorful.

    good job

  2. Looks colorful. It is a healthy choice since you have added a lot of vegetables.

  3. Good looking upma! Tastes great.
    I am glad you make it so simple. Thanks!


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