When it comes to cooking, I am, well what can I say – lazy, bored, unenthusiastic, indifferent, blah blah person ever. Two years back if you would have asked me for simple chai, you would have got nothing. But destiny teaches you. Now I am able to feed myself, not with junk, but with healthy self-cooked food. I still don’t enjoy cooking as much. But I have taught myself taking care of me. And cooking and eating good is part of it.
Upma is one of those recipes – for lazy ones. Its easy, quick, tasty and healthy. I think its perfect for students. Specially during exams when you don’t have much time for cooking, but you can not eat outside, still need to fill your belly to keep you engine going. So, this month I thought to share my upma recipe with you all.
Preparation time – 15 mins. Cooking time – 15 mins. Serves – 4
Rawa/ Sooji / Semolina – 1 cup
Water – 4 cups
Onion – 1 finely chopped
Green chilies – 4/5
Carrot – 1
Green peas -1 cup
Dried coconut – 1/2 cup
Mustard seeds – 1 table spoon
Urad daal – 1 table spoon
Cashews – 1/2 cup cut in to small cubes
Daliya/ Channa daal – 1/2 cup
Oil – 1 table spoon
Salt to taste
Cilantro – 1/2 cup
Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
Fine Sev – 1 cup
- Take a pan and clean it with dry tissue making sure there is no water.
- Add 1 cup semolina and start roasting it on low to medium flame.
- Heat semolina for three to five minutes. Make sure not to let semolina turn brown. We just want to roast it lightly taking out all the moisture.
- Take a dry plate put a tissue on it and remove the semolina on it. Keep this plate aside.
- Heat the pan and pour oil. Wait until oil is hot.
- Put mustard seeds in the oil.
- As soon as mustard seeds start crackling, add cashews, urad daal and daliya.
- As these start getting slightly golden brown add green chilies.
- Add onion and fry it on high flame until it starts turning translucent.
- Add pieces of carrot and green peas.
- Let the vegetables cook for a minute
- Reduce the flame and add four cups of water.
- Add salt. (I like to add water first and then mix salt so that I can have control over salt amount. Also I add semolina later. This helps in mixing the salt better in the mixture. Some people add semolina first and then add water, which is also fine. I find that method difficult, specially for mixing salt).
- Add roasted semolina quarter by quarter slowly. Keep stirring continuously.
- Close the lid and let it cook for 5 mins.
- Garnish with cilantro, coconut and sev. Sprinkle lemon juice.
Instructions with step by step pictures
And there you have it! So quick and so easy!
I add cashews, urad daal and channa daal to add crunchiness to otherwise plain moist texture of semolina. carrots and peas add some more healthiness. And Sev and lemon add that special taste. I like it with Haldiram’s Aloo Bhujia as it becomes more tangy. So simple and so quick yet tasty.
What is your exam time food ?