Vegetable upma to me serves as a healthy option for breakfast and even sometimes for dinner too .I love to have this during winters as a hot breakfast option and during summers as a light meal option which concludes that I can have it any time of the year.It is a popular dish in the Indian subcontinent especially in Southern India and Maharashtra but also popular in other parts of India as well.I am a North Indian but I love to have it very often.The dish is made with wheat semolina or sometimes rice semolina is also used.It is a savoury porridge in which lots of vegetables can be incorporated ,thus making it a very healthy dish that is also light on stomach and well suited for breakfast menu.
- 1 cup wheat semolina
- 1 medium sized onion chopped
- 1 carrots(finely chopped)
- 1 large capsicum diced
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced green beans
- 1/4 cup fresh green peas
- 1/2 cup green coriander chopped
- 1 lemon
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp chana daal
- 1 tsp dehusked black gram dal
- 2-3 green chilies sliced into half longitudinally
- Few curry leaves
- Salt to taste
- 3-4 tbsp of ghee or vegetable oil
- Roasted peanuts or cashew nuts (optional)
- Lightly dry roast the semolina and keep aside.
- In a wok heat ghee or oil.
- Add mustard seeds.When they start spluttering add curry leaves and green chilies.
- Add all the vegetables ,mix well and cook for 5-6 minutes.Do not overcook .
- Add roasted semolina and fry for 5-6 minutes more with the vegetables while mixing.
- Lower the flame to minimum and add water sufficient enough to cover the surface of the semolina.At this stage add salt ,lime juice and half of the coriander.
- Bring the flame to medium and cook the mixture continuously stirring ensuring no lumps are being formed.
- When the water is absorbed by the semolina and a smooth consistency dough type is formed,switch off the flame.Add the remaining coriander and mix well.
- Some more ghee can be added and incorporated in it at this stage for an added flavour.
- Serve hot as it is or with coconut chutney or even sambhar ,a dish prepared from toor dal (pigeon peas).
- I have not added chana dal, black gram dal and the nuts.
- Diced potatoes can also be added along with other vegetables.
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