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Thursday, January 27, 2005

Salt, flour and something special*

In the movie 'Azhagan', the hero Mammooty desribes himself as 'being like upma'- quick, unfussy and comes to the aid in an emergency. No truer words have been said about the this classic dish. It's fast to cook and fantastic to eat. There's no planning needed and you can add just any veggie (save brinjal and ladies finger) in your fridge and you won't go wrong.

p.s. I've used vermicelli in this recipe. You can use rava instead.
*Upma in tamil literally means salt and flour
Upma
(About 10 minutes to cook)
You'll need
Vermicelli - 250 gms, broken into small pieces
Potato - 1 small, diced
Onion - 1 small, finely chopped
Carrot - 1 small - diced
Cauliflower- a handful of florets
Peas - 50 gms, shelled
Green chilli - 1 small chopped
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Channa dal - 1 tsp
Cashew nuts - 5-6, halved
Cooking oil - 1.5 tbsp
Salt to taste
Here's how to
1. Heat a pan with 2 tsp oil and drop the vermicelli in it. Toss it around till all of it is coated in oil and is browned. Set aside
2. In another pan, heat the remaining oil. When hot, add mustard seeds and once they splutter, add the dals, cashew nuts, onion and green chilli
3. Saute over medium heat till the onions is transparent and then add the veggies
4. When they are half-cooked, about 6 minutes later, add 300 ml water, salt and bring to a boil
5. Lower the heat and add the oil-coated vermicelli and keep stirring till the water is absorbed and the vermicelli cooked. Serve hot

3 comments:

(Mis)Chief Editor said...

May be you should have termed as an 'Instant Upma'!!

Welcome days in Bangalore; Rava Upma is served only with Spicy Coconut Chatni. The combination cannot be described in words. Thanks for reminding those days!

Nejammavey Upma Saapitta maathiri iruntathu!!

Kalyani said...

I just love your recipes! Please keep them coming.

Raphael Muszynski said...

There are different opinions on this subject.