One of the most popular breakfasts in Southern India, upma (or vegetable upma, as in this case), is easy, quick, and delicious. Every mom and homemaker in South India whips up upma in a matter of minutes for a delicious mini meal, school lunch, or after-school snack for hungry kids. What is upma anyway? Upma is made with semolina (farina, rava, sooji), and sometimes vegetables get into the mix too. Innovative home cooks have often replaced semolina with bread, quinoa, rice flakes, and oats to make upma. Upma is also called uppittu or khara bhath.
Although I must confess, in every house, there are some folks who will run miles from upma, and others who love it. I love upma when it is warm and fragrant with mustard seeds, green chillies, and cilantro, not to mention fresh vegetables. It tastes even better if you have some toasted cashew nuts to garnish. Upma makes for a quick weeknight dinner too….and I often make upma when I am alone at home. Leftover upma makes for a nice lunch too. I customize upma with fresh veggies that I have at the time, but I definitely add some peas and carrot to make a really colorful upma. Here you will find one upma that is yellow, and another non-yellow version.
So, what is the difference – can you tell? Hmmm……just a pinch of turmeric, which gives the upma a lovely yellow color, rendering it a pilaf-like look.
Here are the ingredients I used for the upma:
1 cup semolina
1 onion, finely chopped
1 cup mixed vegetables, carrots, peas, beans, etc.
1 small tomato, finely chopped
2 green chillies, finely diced
1″ piece ginger, grated
A few curry leaves
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
Roasted cashew nuts to garnish (optional)
Coriander leaves for garnish
2 tsp oil
Salt to taste
A pinch of turmeric
A tad of fresh ghee or melted butter drizzled on the upma gives it extra flavor and (calories!). Yum.
May 15, 2012 at 2:34 am
Your dishes look good and I will file this away until I get the ingredients needed. Thank you for visiting my blog.
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May 15, 2012 at 2:55 am
Thank you….I’m sure you’ll enjoy the semolina dish.
June 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm
This sounds good! I’ll have to try it.
June 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm
You’ll love it – Thank you for stopping by.
June 16, 2012 at 1:43 pm
Looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it. 🙂
June 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm
It tastes delicious too – I hope you’ll try it. Thanks for stopping by.
July 22, 2012 at 2:44 am
Thanks for visiting my blog.
Can’t wait to try out some of your ideas!
July 22, 2012 at 12:04 pm
I’m glad you seem to like some of my ideas – hope you’ll try and like them.
May 21, 2014 at 11:30 am
Hi.. I usually make it this way, except i don’t like adding the veggies. Will try it with veggies today 🙂
May 23, 2014 at 6:23 pm
Did you try the veggie version? Let me know. I make it a one-pot meal with the veggies and it works as a wholesome lunch at office. I make the non-veggie version for a quick meal as well.
August 30, 2014 at 7:00 am
Looks yummy, I love upma. Thanks for recipe.
August 30, 2014 at 1:36 pm
Indira, I could upma every day! Believe it or not, this recipe is the most viewed recipe on this blog 🙂 I hope you enjoy it.