Semolina or ‘rava’ upma is an ideal option for a healthy and nutritious breakfast. The best part is, you can grate and chop veggies into tiny pieces and camouflage these with the upma to make naughty kids eat veggies without noticing them!
You will need:
Semolina i.e. rava or sooji – 3 medium sized cups
Carrots – 1/2 (grated)
Beans – 4(finely chopped) – optional
Green chillies – 2
Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
Clarified butter(Ghee) or Cooking oil – 2 tsp
Curry leaves – a few sprigs
Ginger – 1/2 ” piece
Onion – 1/2 (finely chopped)
Tomato – 1/2(chopped)
Water – 5 cups (Use the same cup that is used for measuring semolina)
Salt to taste
Method of preparation:
Heat clarified butter or cooking oil in a frying pan. Add mustard seeds and allow them to splutter. Add chopped green chillies,curry leaves,chopped onions, grated carrot and other veggies along with chopped tomatoes. Crush the ginger and add it to the frying pan. Saute till onions appear translucent. Add 5 cups of water. Add salt as per taste. Allow the water to boil on a medium flame.
Once the water starts boiling, turn the flame to low and gradually add the semolina while stirring continuously. The semolina will absorb the water and get cooked. This happens real fast, so keep stirring. We do not want uncooked lumps in the rava upma.
Garnish with cilantro or curry leaves.
Note: You can add blanched peanuts or cashews to the rava upma. You can serve this with sliced bananas and a sprinkling of sugar.