Friday, July 11, 2008

Rava Upma

Rava Upma is a very simple dish to make for breakfast. This is a commonly made for breakfast dish in almost all Konkani households. Half of the recipe can be prepared the previous day and then cooked the next day for breakfast within 5 minutes. When I was young, I was not very fond of mustard seeds flavor, and I distinctly remember hating this dish. But later, when I grew up I guess I got used to the mustard flavor and started liking this dish. Spicy sev or chivda or chuda can be used to garnish this dish.

2 cups coarse thick rava or sooji or semolina
4 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon urad dal
2 green chilis or 2 red chilies
5 pinches asafoetida
1 spring curry leaves
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoon grated coconut
1 tablespoon oil
3 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves or cilantro
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger (optional)
salt for taste
Fry semolina till light brown in color. Keep aside.

Add oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When they crackle, add asafoetida and urad dal and fry till urad dal is light brown. Add chopped green chilies or broken red chilies, ginger and curry leaves. Fry for half a minute and add the semolina. Stir and mix well. You can follow the recipe till here and make it the previous day. Adding water and cooking can be done the next day morning. Boil water and add to the semolina. Mix well so that there are no lumps. Add sugar and salt for taste. Garnish with coconut, coriander leaves and sev or chivda.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Serves: 3-4