Waking to the smell of nice aroma of suji rava roasting and chai was always a delight! Loved to top it with fresh coconut and/ or thin sev. Now that's a past. Here I have to do everything, still I like the roasting of rava anytime. Somehow it's a very pleasant smell for a morning I think. :o).
Upma or Uppittu is one of classic Indian breakfast item. It's made in many different ways. Below is my version of it. Try it with some green coconut chutney too in case thin sev is not there. You will be off to a great start for the day.
Prep Time: 10 min.| Cooking Time: 20 min.| Serves: 4
Suji Rava - 2 cups
Water - 4 cups
Oil - 1 tsp.
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp.
Chana Daal - 1 tsp.
Urad Daal - 1 tsp.
Green chilies - 3 or 4 - Slit lengthwise
Curry Leaves/ Kadipatta - 1 spring leaves.
Hing – ¼ tsp.
Onion - 1 small (Finely chopped)
Vegetable mix - 1 cup (Optional. can use any variety of vegetables. Like frozen peas, carrots, corn, beans etc.)
Ghee - 1 tbsp. (Optional - I usually put it on plate for kids)
Coconut - 2 tbsp.
Coriander leaves - 2 springs to garnish
Method of Preparation:
~ In a wide pan, roast rava until nice aroma fills the room. Take it out from heat and put it in a plate.
~ Keep water to boil in a separate container.
~ In the same wide pan, now add oil, when hot add, mustard seeds.
~ One it starts spluttering, add chana daal and urad daal. Fry for a minute to roast them nicely.
~ Now add green chilies, kadipatta and hing.
~ Add onion and fry till it is translucent.
~ If using, add all the vegetables. Cook them until they are about to be done.
~ Add boiling water, then rava, mix them thoroughly. Be careful during this process, since boiling water might scald when rava was added.
~ Add ghee, give it all a mix until water is almost dried up.
~ Reduce the heat to low, add coconut, cover and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes.
~ Remove from heat; serve it topped with coriander leaves or some hot spicy sev mix.