Plain Upma is a very popular South Indian snack, which is normally eaten with pickle. There are a lot of versions of it and this one is plain, without many vegetables.
|Preparation Time:||25 minutes|
|Suji (semolina)||1 cup|
|Red Onion||1 cup (chopped)|
|Ginger||1 tbsp (grated)|
|Boiling water||3.5 cups|
|Green chillies cut lengthwise (optional)||2-3|
|Mustard seeds||3/4 tsp|
|Whole red chilli (lal mirch)||1|
|Salt||1 1/2 tsp|
|Dhuli urad dal||1 tbsp|
|Chana dal||1 tbsp|
|Cashew (kaju) pieces||1 tbsp|
|Fresh lime juice||2 tbsp|
- Chop onions roughly in small pieces.
- Boil 3.5 cups of water in a sauce pan. turn off the heat once boiled. Roast rawa on slow heat till it starts to change color a bit. Keep aside.
- Heat ghee in a large pan and add mustard seeds. Cover the pan and wait till they stop spluttering. Break whole red chilli and add it to the pan. Fry for a few seconds.
- Add urad dal, chana dal and cashew and saute for a minute.
- Then add onion, ginger, kari leaves, green chillies and saute till onion become translucent (2 minutes).
- Now add rawa and salt and mix it.
- Add boiling water and mix everything together. Reduce heat and add lemon juice. Cook it covered till all the water is absorbed, about 5 minutes and then turn off the heat.
- Rawa would have absorbed all the water and Plain Upma is ready.
- Fill a small bowl with Plain Upma and empty it upside down in a plate and serve with the pickle of your choice.
- Ghee gives a very nice flavor so don’t substitute it for oil if possible.
- You can also add a tbsp of freshly grated coconut for variation.