Who doesn't like to have healthy breakfast" Let?s make a famous south Indian breakfast, Rava Upma. Rava is also called as suji in Hindi and cream of wheat or semolina in English.
Upma an extremely common yet lovable breakfast items all over India. One easily gets upma in all the restaurants as breakfast. In fact, upma would be a regular brerakfast in my growing up days. Upma is not only delicious but also a healthy breakfast option. You can make it healthier by adding a lot of boiled veggies like carrot, beans, tomatoes and peas.
It is a quick preparation using common ingredients, and so it can be made without much ado. It hardly takes 15-20 minutes, if you have roasted semolina ready. I always roast semolina/rava/suji and then keep in an air tight container. This way the semolina stays good for a longer time and doesnot become mouldy or spoilt. Also the time spent is less when you make upma or rava sheera or suji halwa.
I just love the steaming hot upma served with some hot cup of coffee or chai; comfort breakfast on any cold winter mornings. This version of upma is how I make it at home and adapted from my mom?s recipe.
Upma is usually served with lime slices or lime pickle with coconut chutney. It can also be had plain.
Step by step Rava Upma recipe:Prep up the ingredients for upma- Finely chop 1 medium sized onion, 1 to 2 green chilies, grate ½ inch ginger. Chop some coriander leaves. Take few curry leaves, 8-10 cashew nuts, 1 tsp chana dal and 1 tsp urad dal.
Heat a pan or kadhai first, add 1 cup rava or semolina.
Roast the rava by stirring it often on low heat. The rava or suji grains should become fragrant and look dry. Don?t brown the rava. Switch off the flame and place the roasted rava in a plate and keep aside.
In a pan, heat 2 tbsp. Ghee or Oil. I have used ghee (clarified butter). Add 1 tsp mustard seeds and let it crackle.
Then add ½ tsp cumin seeds. Add 1 tsp chana dal and 1 tsp urad dal.
Immediately add cashew nuts and begin ...